I worked for Walgreens since I was 18. Walgreens gave me my first job.
I was hired on as a Photo Tech back in 2010. I maintained my full time position with the company until 2014. At first, I was always the young kid, so they wouldn't give me serious work or they always watched over what I did. I had some awesome managers and some super *** ones too.
I've heard Store Managers plot to fire African American employees to "teach the rest of them a lesson". I've seen Store Managers sit and wait for an employee to *** up, and the minute they do they were fired. I've seen people at work one day and totally gone the next. Point blank : If you can find another job, do it.
Walgreens will overwork and underpay you. I've seen both floor employees, pharmacy techs, and assistant managers all suffer this fate. You will be asked to do a million things during your employment, all which you should probably get a raise for doing. I worked completely alone (with a manager) in the store several times.
Since the recession and budget cuts, they eliminated positions and created new ones. That caused all the hourly employees to take on more work and the company never compensated them for it. I had to transfer stores three times due to relocation, and they left finding the store up to me. I had to make the calls and see what store had hours.
Luckily it is a big chain so I was able to find something every single time I moved. Every store I was in needed a Head Photo Tech and I applied for the position and all three times they passed over me. There are people who have been at Walgreens for years and never given a promotion simply because Walgreens can't fire them without reason and the employees can't do the job they apply for so they are stuck where they are at. I've been pressured to tattle on a manager to save my own job.
I've been written up for saying things like "I don't want to serve that customer because she was rude." or joking around to a co worker when she told me I had a customer and me saying "I don't care!" (sarcastically and without any customers in the store around), but going to help them anyway. Wonder how I got fired? I had an angry co worker tattle on me to my Store Manager for something minor, and the Store Manager decided to fire me. They threw out EVERYTHING in my locker before I could claim it.
All in all, they suck.
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