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Walgreens sent out their benefits update for May 2009. In big letters it said "Combining Good Business Practices with Caring for Our People", which would lead you to believe they are going to improve employee benefits.

Instead it was about how they are taking away employees retirement medical and prescription drug plans. This will not just affect people who have just started but many who have been with Walgreen's for years. People who had been promised these benefits are now having them taken away.

One of the comments in the paper was, "Our goal is to reallocate our money to provide benefits to the greatest number of individuals at Walgreens." Does that mean the CEO, board members, and the upper levels or management? Hey Walgreens for a business that promotes families you do a really bad job for your employees!!!

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Anonymous
#376251

i used too work for walgreens.i had to move because of a domestic abuse. they knew that but they let me go for no reason.

now i'm trying too cash out of my 401k. can any one help me with that please...

Anonymous
#374560

At first when Walgreens changed from giving employees a Christmas bonus check to giving us a gift card to Walgreens we all thought that stunk. In retrospect at least we got our full bonus, no taxes taken out even though we had to spend the card at Walgreens.

After the recession hit, our bonuses were taken away yet the store managers and upper management still get theirs. How is that right? If you want to increase sales and morale give the bonuses back!

we have to use the card at. Walgreens so you will eventually get the money put out for our bonuses back.

Anonymous
#251520

I started with walgreens back in 1996 as a stocker. I got promoted from within. I held many titles my last one being MGT-Assistant Manager.

I had never been disciplined or written up for anything in 12yrs. Then

someone calls the hotline or lps and states that there are employees

working off the clock. Lps comes in and does his investigation and

alleges I'm the one working off the clock. He didn't do a good job investigating. He had employees write false statements putting me at the store after hours. I tell you this cause the employee who wrote a statement, which I have a copy of it, was working at another store on the day he says he saw me at my home store. Go figure!! I told lps I have never worked off the clock but he made it personal and wasn't going to rest until he got me fired. He did but didn't have the guts to fire me himself, he had my store manager do it. I was told by him by phone that I was fired for being dishonest not for working off the clock. I told him he couldn't fire me for that because I never worked off the clock nor was I dishonest. He said the decision was made and that was it. According to walgreens policy, dishonesty is a violation to company policy as is sexual harassment. Here's a twist to this, I was transferred to the store I got fired from because another non minority male MGT had sexually harassed a female minor.

Right there that MGT should have gotten fired. But no he didn't, why? I get fired for dishonesty. Did I mention I'm a minority? After I got fired I was told by other employees that this MGT got transferred again for harassing another employee. He is still working for walgreens.

Anonymous
to AM3963 #620178

because he knows someone high up--seen it before--loss prevention protects their friends--sorry to hear your experience--get a lawyer

Anonymous
#240346

Had to quit working for a company that doesn't give a darn about it's own employees. Horrid upper management.

Just a totaly bad situation. Sadly it wasn't always that way.

Anonymous
#232249

:( I am a Pharmacist, that works for Walgreen. I recently had a severe medical condition.

Was told I had to work even with a Doctors excuse. This is the worst company I have every worked for. The couple of days I was forced to work by my district supervisor, several other store employee also got the same conditon I had.

We are a health care company? Please

Anonymous
#208733

Gregory watson is the worst person on the face of this earth. He took away over time, cut salaries, fired people, and took away christmas gifts.

while this is happening hes making bonuses and pocketing extra money while were fighting for hours.

He is the worst Ceo on the face of this planet. He needs to get a clue.

Anonymous
#204106

Frustrated wag lifer | 30 min ago | Reply

Ok. Walgreens employees have been put through many morale crushing situations over the past two years.

Let's start 1st with Walgreens ousting jeffery rein as CEO because he didn't want to fire 25 percent of his workforce, then they Collins that bad decision by promoting the max headroom's of CEO in greggy wason. This guy is clueless.

So we get past that mess, then comes rewire for growth. Ever see office space?

Here's the skinny, hire an outside consultant to evaluate your entire business model, make recommendations on what the " vision" for the future and what needs to stay and what needs to go. Tell the employees that new blood from the outside will bring new fresh ideas and get us to where we need to be. Ok, as an employee we bought it. Then the company went about hiring all this fresh new blood from the outside, while at the same time completely changing the benefits and pay structure for the rest of us.

During the time all of these new people were being hired from the outside , most regular employees have to reinterview for their jobs, you know the drill " why do you feel you are importN to Walgreens " etc. Let's look back at some of the "new" blood they hired. Jeff zavada- head of sales. Hired his buddies company to retrain the entire sales staff on a new sales method, was having a affair with his new sales lead, and then conducts himself illegally when trying to secure cook county contracts.

Hmm. New blood, new sales strategy.... Wow! Well they fired his incompetent waste of a career.

Then they hire a new CFO , you know the guy, the one that helped run Goldman sachs to bankruptcy. Well now...... Mr big shot, new blood, CFO has a second DUI within 12 months. Wow new ideas ?

New blood ( or bac over .08). Great hire greggy. That's the guy I want handling our companies finances. Now today we hear that they Are auctioning off their pbm which will cause a mass loss of jobs as well.

They have been lying to their employees about their commitment to the pbm for 5 years. Greggys last real job with Walgreens was head of the pbm, where he failed miserably to help grow the business or make any tough decisions. Probably because he smelled CEO succession.

Just know this Walgreens employees..... Greggy and his ignorance are not done and you may be next.

Anonymous
Holmestrand, Vestfold, Norway #175603

This comment is towards angryphramist.

If you do not want to do vaccinations then quit your job. You obviously don't want to do what is required and want don't want to do your job. let someone else work for you who wants to work.

duttestwun
#175388

AT AngryPharmacist as an employee for walgreens as well, it is illegal for them to make you do that and you can take legal actions against them...I studied law in college and going into law school..so I say take them for a ride.

Anonymous
#158742

As a pharmacist who DOES NOT want to do vaccinations, I am completely pissed off at being forced into it. Aside from the fact that I am terrified of needles and blood, I am also angry that we are expected to provide this service with no extra hours, no extra help, and no extra compensation.

Karma will get you, Walgreens. As a side note, I'd like to say that Greg D.

Wasson is one of the most despicable people I've ever met. If you've ever had the displeasure of meeting him, you know what a smarmy and unappealing soul he really is.

Anonymous
#156834

be thankful you weren't one of us 1000s of assistants who were fired, challenged for unemployment benefits, etc due to their "rewiring for growth" ***. Corporate got severance packages.

We got thrown in the trash without even a good recommendation. Thanks walgreens

Anonymous
Holmestrand, Vestfold, Norway #155417

"Our goal is to reallocate our money to provide benefits to the greatest number of individuals at Walgreens.” Does that mean the CEO, board members, and the upper levels or management? Hey Walgreens for a business that promotes families you do a really bad job for your employees!!!"

No it means general everyday employees who should not have to pay for the same benefits as wyu.

Anonymous
#155413

A new idea by our regional manager has employeee's upset at store i work at. We now have to ask every single customer if they woul like to buy our suggestive selling item for the month, if we are caught not doing so we get a verbal warning.

Then if we get caught again it goes to a write up then if it happens again we get suspended..then you guessed it we get fired. A trick they are using is that they offer a customer a free bottle of water if cashier doesn't ask them about item, once that happens the processw begins.

Not only are they inforcing this they had store mangers have meetings with employee's and have them sign a form??? Now tell me is this fair for a person who has been working for the company of 25yrs and can get fired for such *** reason!!!

Anonymous
#116088

Its a bad situation...they take away the HMO and say hey we have no money for it then they turn around and buy another chain of drug stores. So its ok to cut employee hours and benefits but lets go out and buy more stores.

Thats like saying im not going to pay for my health insurance instead im going to go out and buy a house...if you treat the employees that deal with customers(who pay all the company bills) like garbage then you will get garbage back in the form of customer complaints and poor customer service. Get ready for poor performance and loss of profits and an endless loop of lay everyone off and cut benefits to save more money and somehow you'll still lose money in the process.

Read newsweek! Also "concerned" must work for a different company because benefits and positions have been cut!

Anonymous
#84005

Yes they have taken away overtime, and taken away help, cut benefits, like the Christmas bonus, and gifts, the mystery shopper, no insenative. But I can't get a job any place else with the pay I get because I an to old.

So I have to take it with a grain of salt. Be thankful I have a job and hope that I will make it to retirement.

Anonymous
#81559

benefits are down, our cost is up as employees, and they are trying to feed us some garbage about "tightening our belts". We are college educated, not *** sheep.

It's an insult to my intelligence, and after the physical tole taken of working the extra hours, awful schedules, assembly line work environment without enough help so we can do right by our patients in the pharmacy, what do we get...More work. Immunize too.. Now, I need major surgery, and my Walgreens health plan is denying me that benefit. They will pay for a mediocre procedure that will harness me with physical limitations, more so than the condition it is meant to fix.

I have explained, my error rate is up, my concentration is poor, I am either in constant pain or my pain medicine fogs my mind. Without surgery, after serving them for 15 years, and doing a good job in a profession I love, I'm being thrown on the garbage heap. I will never be able to work again because of the conditions Walgreens won't fix, and I refuse to work in an altered mental state. Sure, they gave me a chair, but won't give me enough help so I can remain seated.

So, I'm washed up, or I practice unethically, and take the chance of doing harm to a patient.

Walgreen's doesn't care about my pain, or mental state, or behaving ethically but I do. For me, the bottom line is NOT $$$$, but for Walgreens, as long as we are talking $$$ in their pockets, well that's ok......NO THANKS

Anonymous
#73993

It's true about the benefits

Anonymous
#73807

This is not true! People you need to check your facts before the use of slander of a company, in todays world I would be very careful on what you say so that you do not get sued.

Not everything is protected by FREE SPEECH!!! check you facts people, benefits werenot cut, I work for the company.

Anonymous
to ***cerned Middletown, New York, United States #665698

BS! Yes they were. You obviously dont work for Walgreens..

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