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Alliance Boots Reviews

Updated 21 March 2019
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  • "Work - life balance can be compromised sometimes as working hours can be quite long" (in 7 reviews)

  • "There does not seem to be a cohesive policy for all the teams in Boots Head Office, as certain practises differ per teams and departments" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Boots the Chemists...how to take a great company and to reduce it to awful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This used to be a great company to work for, it had a history and heritage to be proud of. It treats its people as people not just a number on an accountants spread sheet. It was focused on customers and being a community pharmacy ...but that's all gone now, it's all about paper trails and audits and nhs its targets and MUR targets ....how can we squeeze every penny out of services and flog our dead horses even more.

    Cons

    No culture , or values remainfrom what it used to be , it's run by bean counters , and vultures , who don't know what pharmacy means , it's just another retail business. They treat the staff as a cost , and a profit burden then wonder why customers are not receiving the level of service they deserve.

    Advice to Management

    No point, no one list s anyway ....The senior management have a lot to answer for , they have driven a great company into the dirt , by not focusing on the core business and tinkering with other businesses that ultimately failed , and allowed the supermarkets to catch up and over take them.


  2. "A nice company but can feel a bit stagnent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The majority of people are friendly and welcoming which makes the environment lovely to work in. The site at Nottingham also has a good nature-trail and this is great for lunchtime walks

    Cons

    The business is a bit dated. There are lots of processes, hierarchy and not a lot of opportunities to develop in the company- especially if you want to inject something new and against the 'status quo'. Even the Apprenticeship programmes are not really invested in very well: communication is poor and there is little desire from the business to invest/retain people who have completed the programmes.

    Advice to Management

    Need to look at talent across the business and develop and invest the time into them

  3. "Beauty Advisors"

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    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Target driven
    Excellent staff discount
    Excellent training

    Cons

    Short staffed so be prepared to be a jack of all trades


  4. "Nice Colleagues, assistant managers are strict"

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    Current Employee - Customer Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime
    12.5 % discount on non boots products, 22.5% on boots products - plus there are double discount days

    Cons

    MASSIVE workload - was expected to do three peoples jobs because they didn't have the money for the extra staff.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff and we are not your minions


  5. "No career development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere and discounts

    Cons

    No career progression
    Management are impostors
    low salary


  6. "Operative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliance Boots part-time

    Pros

    - High starting wage for any age

    Cons

    - Working conditions aren’t amazing - very hot in warehouse


  7. "Complicated...."

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of reward supporting your teams to succeed and knowing you are helping people.

    Cons

    Change is rushed and led unpleasantly without realistic timescales for teams to adopt changes

    Advice to Management

    Very important to 'fit in' and make alliances criss functionally

  8. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Pharmacist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Pharmacist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Alliance Boots part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Part time opportunities for working mothers. Opportunity to advance clinically

    Cons

    Need to be proactive but that's automatic in any career

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Mixed"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    LGBTQ+ friendly, transport food, varied roles offered

    Cons

    Environment not great, face fits culture, secretive culture, not good use of site buildings

    Advice to Management

    Use the empty buildings, have transparent pay scales, better communication across areas


  10. "Long way to go"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues at the lower level

    Cons

    Inherently unfair and demotivating bonus scheme. Unclear and complicated structure.
    Only interested in the short term profits and the next skin serums.

    Profit and bluster first. Safety and Quality second

    Advice to Management

    Accept the bonus scheme is counter productive, invest in new ideas other then skincare.