Shift Lead (Current Employee) – Ashburn, VA – December 15, 2015
At Walgreens the people you work with really feel like a second family at times. That comes with the good, and the bad, but like family, the good outweighs the bad.
On a regular day of Walgreens, you'll be tasked with keeping the store up to date on the latest stock of items, clearing the floor of items, and general management duties.Whichever department you're assigned to, you'll be taught every aspect of how to run and organize your department. Customer Service also known as ECC in the company is the skill you are taught the most however, as it's the core of Walgreens.
Although Shift Leads aren't officially considered management, you are still tasked with managing the employees and opening/closing the store. Once you become a shift lead, you really start to learn the ins and outs of management experience, but are guided by your Assistant Store Manager and Store Manager.
Management officially consists of the Assistant Store Manager and the store manager, however Shift Leads are typically included for store purposes as management. The Assistant Store Manager is tasked with the top management of all regular floor employees, and guidance for the Shift Leads. The Store Manager is tasked with the top management for the Shift Leads, and the the upkeep of the entire store. It's essential that the three of these positions all get along to keep the communication cycle efficient and comfortable in the store. They are what keep the family at Walgreens together.
The hardest part of the job would be working a majority of the holidays, and not being able to take off at allmore... during December and the majority of January. If you are apart of management at Walgreens, you will be working every major holiday as the store never closes. Most vacations are allocated towards the summer time as taking vacations during the winter are first deeply frowned upon October/November, and then banned during December/January.
The enjoyable part of the job however is the sense of family you grow into at Walgreens. No matter how quiet, or out of place you might seem coming into Walgreens, I've never once not had someone feel apart of the team after a month. Walgreens ensures an amazing job culture for team communication, and as a shift lead you really start to feel like a parental guidance for a lot of your employees. There have been days where I have been off and actually wished I was at work because working with your coworkers is so fun.
In conclusion, Walgreens is a wonderful place to work albeit with a few downsides that you should take into consideration before you decide on a career path here. You'll never regret working here however, you will always feel valued.less
I have not worked for Walgreens in alittle over two yrs.
Store Shift Lead (Former Employee) – Romeoville, IL – December 11, 2017
Walgreens wasn't a terrible place to work. I think its nice if you are in school or willing to wait for an opening to move up with the company. The pay wasn't the greatest especially for what i was doing. The hours were flexible. however working holidays was difficult.
Like any job there are always struggles which will come up, and dealing with co-workers can be troublesome. But I have found that from my experience at Walgreens, it was well worth any struggles that I had to overcome. Some work days were stressful, but ultimately not terribly difficult. I learned 4 different software systems, how to work a photo developing machine, became trained in the pharmacy, effectively worked through product as it came into the store. The store manager was very understanding, exceptionally hard working, and fair. The culture struggled at times because of some coworkers that could not let go of petty behavior, but otherwise it was strong. Coworkers for the most part got along, and almost all of them were able to work well together. The hardest part was the initial struggle of learning a new system, but that became easier the more you performed the tasks. The most enjoyable part being the ability to learn and grow as a person/employee - if you wanted to.
Great opportunity to move forward in the company if you work for it, the discount was always nice
Working late on holidays even when there would be very few people that would come in, working until 2 am to complete store tags
SHIFT TEAM LEADER (Former Employee) – Fuquay-Varina, NC – December 8, 2017
Walgreens does not officially pay anyone to stock their shelves. The "Shift Leaders" get that honor. Doubly so if you have the unfortunate task of being a shift leader for an overnight shift. Also, Walgreens has a terrible tract record for maintaining overnight help, so the overnight supervisor or "shift lead" is not only directly responsible for ensuring the entire truck winds up on the shelf, but running the register, and making sure people don't walk out of the store with hundreds of dollars of cosmetics in their pockets.
Shift Lead (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – December 7, 2017
Days are fast-paced at my location, making the time fly by. I learned how to become an effective team leader. Management is amazing. Customers are mixed. Customer theft was the hardest part. Customer and employee interactions brightened my day. Getting to suit up with my crew and conquer the day (regardless of shift) was fun.
competative benefits, pay increase based on skill and performance
my location is in the heart of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles
Store Clerk/Shift Lead Trainee (Former Employee) – Staten Island, NY – December 6, 2017
The job was simple, most of the day consisted of standing behind the register. Outside of the register consisted of stocking/restocking products, taking in inventory, and writing orders for the shelves. My only problem involved a promotion that I was promised, yet was never given.
Shift Leader/Manager (Current Employee) – Grand Prairie, TX – December 6, 2017
Overall your really don't know what job represents until receiving the job, Walgreens is so old fashion and stressful to the point of looking for a job is a must you do not want to work for a company that does not have family values for their staffs families you may have to wok holidays and winter days and room to grow there is not any room to move up you have to be there for 10 to 12 years for them to least look at you for improvement, Attendance is a must for me they don't even look at you for at least making an effort to go to work.
Customer Service/Shift Lead (Former Employee) – Kentwood, MI – December 4, 2017
I liked working with people. Management sucked, they favored the employees that called in and didn't work hard, over someone who dedicated 4 years to them. I very rarely got to see my son. Way too much drama. And too much favoritism. I would not recommend working there if you have kids.
Shift Lead (Current Employee) – Rogers, AR – December 1, 2017
There is alot of turnover in the district I work in. Often times young employees without work ethic or respect. Paid poorly for the job performed but as long as you need a job, there is job security. I have been here three years now, and I get a lot of PTO but make less than 15/hr as a manager.
Shift Leader (Former Employee) – Manhattan, NY – November 28, 2017
Walgreens is an equal opportunity employer. I learned so much as far as being responsible, independent. & accountable. I loved working with a list because it kept things flowing accordingly. Hard work is definitely noticed at Walgreens.
Shift Lead (Current Employee) – Sarasota, FL – November 28, 2017
On a typical day you know what you have to do and just have to plan the completion of expected responsibilities along with providing good customer service. The culture is generally moderately positive to quite negative depending on the particular store manager. I've had great managers and not so great. There is little to no upward mobility no matter what they say.
Shift Floor Leader (SFL) (Former Employee) – Littleton, CO 80123 – November 27, 2017
Really it depends on where you work and which store. My first store had a great manager and team members. The second however was terrible the manager was a pushover and his assistant had us doing the most asinine and redundant tasks.
Shift Lead (Current Employee) – Appleton, WI – November 26, 2017
As a member of management, I have always coached, "If you are not having fun at your job, then leave." Making friendships with co-workers and relationships with customers never had a dull moment. There will always be stressful days in retail but if you can change your attitude into something positive there is no reason to dislike what you are doing. Main reason I have seen people leave is for personal job opportunities related to ones' education. The company is a good start in helping you achieve small goals, and reach to the bigger ones! When you believe you can sing like no one is paying attention just remember you might have a friend or two singing along.
Flexible hours, online training available
When equipment breaks, negativity during holiday season