Walgreens Boots Alliance Employee Reviews about "pharmacist"

Updated 22 Oct 2020

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Pros
  • "Staff discount , extra hours available(in 33 reviews)

  • "Good pay, good staff and fast paced(in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance demands from company(in 19 reviews)

  • "Some stores you have nice pharmacist while some will literally drive you to a corner(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "My experience"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Leicester, England

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Organised, helpful, pay is good

    Cons

    Staffing in some stores is bare bones therefore you go from pharmacist for couple of hours to shop floor assistant for a couple of hours, but it’s okay I guess, all part of the job. Also allows you to advertise your kind personality and stellar clinical knowledge and uplift the boots brand in general :)

  2. "WBA market pharmacist"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Farmington, MN

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits and PTO given for FT employees

    Cons

    Required to travel 50 miles before compensation for traveling pharmacist. Schedule can be changed constantly for traveling Rph. As a Market pharmacist it is hard to communicate with anyone about career movement Within the company.


  3. "Good company to learn from"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Intern 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As an intern, you learn a lot

    Cons

    Depending on which store you are at, the experience can turn miserable. Some stores you have nice pharmacist while some will literally drive you to a corner.

  4. "Remember Strict Liability and Don't Overwork"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Pharmacist-in-charge in Jackson, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good managers, well developed best practices for efficient work procedures, well-known brand, modern facilities, Fortune 500 company, large network of pharmacies, good technicians kept and valued.

    Cons

    Working overtime for free unavoidable, but should not be done. Cutthroat competition for all positions, bare-bones operations in terms of clerks and technicians, pharmacists can thrive if work efficiently, have quick hands, can multitask.

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  5. "A good job"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Warehouse Operative - Boots DSP in Preston, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay Good amount of holidays Flexible hours Great canteen facilities Lots of friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Age discrimination (especially towards young workers) Hostile 'professional staff '- ACPTs, Pharmacists and Engineers Management can be unfair and often times lack good communication Lots of over ambitious colleagues clinging onto tiny bits of power from extra responsibilities Working environment can be toxic at times especially due to all the cynical attitudes there Training and NVQ attainment is a sluggish and unorganised process (if you aren't full time it's even worse)

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  6. "Blame culture"

    3.0
    Former Contractor - Locum Pharmacist in London, England

    I worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance for less than a year

    Pros

    Rigorous SOPs that cover most situations you come across as a pharmacist Breaks are respected and sometimes can be negotiate

    Cons

    Less willing to negotiate on pay per hour More pressure for pharmacist to complete services Pharmacist working by themselves sometimes on weekends Blame culture

  7. "Work/home life balance"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Pharmacist 

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedules and good work environment.

    Cons

    Not enough technician help, too much work overwhelming the pharmacist especially in busy stores

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  8. "Got worse at the end"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Pharmacist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good wages and a good staff.

    Cons

    They wanted to perform tasks that were not for a pharmacist. No support from the store manager

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Store Management is not the problem."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Pharmacist Store Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A large corporate with decent peer support and some fantastic individuals that work at various levels. The pharmacist managers, or those with pharmacy background are leaving in droves and the workforce is being de-skilled. The non-pharmacist management is highly varied in its capability to lead such a large pharmacy brand - with recent experience being disastrous, but past experience being extremely good. It is obvious to see working day to day on the job. From the outside, its amazing peers and dispensary staff at all levels that keeps most of our local stores afloat. The public may catch on soon. I just hope that the diligent and skilled governance managers working at area and regional level are fighting strongly to maintain a 'pharmacy led' health and beauty aspect of this so-called heritage British institution.

    Cons

    You are a cog in a huge machine, that is relentlessly marching towards something you ''won't recognise in 10 years'' (#quote from C&D), consequences be damned. The pharmacist forum, internal networking and raising concerns does little to mitigate the damage done to the local population that you serve. To make this sound less harsh, I would like to stress that change, which revitalises a workplace and challenges practice in order to improve the proficiency, professionalism, reputation and future-proofing the pharmacy profession is good. However I am put off by the middle management disregard for genuine (i.e. those that walk the talk) work done on the ground by all the hard working dispensing team.

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  10. "Follow the rules"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Relief Pharmacist in Lincoln, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pension scheme is generous.

    Cons

    Low salary. Too many tiers of management - especially non-pharmacist managers. Too much emphasis on services.

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