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I started at Walgreen's a few months ago. Thought it was cool, everyone seemed okay, job was enjoyable...up until a month and a half ago...
The store manager is my age, 29, and he is okay, actually cares about people and doing a good job, only, he is a total push-over and allows the shift lead (age 20), assistant manager (26), and Executive Assistant Manager (45) tell him how to do his job rather than make his own decisions. It's really sad.
You can't say hello to any employees or you get yelled at by the young shift leads for "talking and not working" yet, those shift leads have their favorites and talk to them for hours and do nothing else. Photo closing has a 30 long list of things they have to do before closing, plus, morning shift never does theirs, which leaves night to pick up their jobs and when photo is not shut down the night shift gets yelled at for all of it. One person literally quit photo one day because all the work was getting dumped on her while others were talking and not working, but god forbid if I do it. So far 7 people have quit in the last 4 months I have worked there, it is becoming problematic as the turn-over is high, the managers don't care about their employees and will yell at them right there on the sales floor. Walgreen's is ran like a high school, how could a company promote, "Happy and Healthy" when employees leave there feeling completely angry, helpless and sad because managers do NOTHING when we complain because they ALSO contribute to the problems??
I hate my job and I dread going there everyday. I leave there so angry every night and it is affecting my health. I can't find another job right now and it is leaving me feeling hopeless. You aren't allowed to be sick there or you are fired. Yet a shift lead who started EXACTLY the SAME day I did was able to leave for 4 days to Florida to spend VALENTINES DAY WITH HER BROTHER!? I have to have surgery and am facing potential termination for having it even though it is a matter of life and death....yeah...this is just fucked up...I hate that store and everyone in it, employees, managers...soon to be corporate...:'(
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Mar 15, 2013
 
Angie Stone wrote:
I started at Walgreen's a few months ago. Thought it was cool, everyone seemed okay, job was enjoyable...up until a month and a half ago...
The store manager is my age, 29, and he is okay, actually cares about people and doing a good job, only, he is a total push-over and allows the shift lead (age 20), assistant manager (26), and Executive Assistant Manager (45) tell him how to do his job rather than make his own decisions. It's really sad.
You can't say hello to any employees or you get yelled at by the young shift leads for "talking and not working" yet, those shift leads have their favorites and talk to them for hours and do nothing else. Photo closing has a 30 long list of things they have to do before closing, plus, morning shift never does theirs, which leaves night to pick up their jobs and when photo is not shut down the night shift gets yelled at for all of it. One person literally quit photo one day because all the work was getting dumped on her while others were talking and not working, but god forbid if I do it. So far 7 people have quit in the last 4 months I have worked there, it is becoming problematic as the turn-over is high, the managers don't care about their employees and will yell at them right there on the sales floor. Walgreen's is ran like a high school, how could a company promote, "Happy and Healthy" when employees leave there feeling completely angry, helpless and sad because managers do NOTHING when we complain because they ALSO contribute to the problems??
I hate my job and I dread going there everyday. I leave there so angry every night and it is affecting my health. I can't find another job right now and it is leaving me feeling hopeless. You aren't allowed to be sick there or you are fired. Yet a shift lead who started EXACTLY the SAME day I did was able to leave for 4 days to Florida to spend VALENTINES DAY WITH HER BROTHER!? I have to have surgery and am facing potential termination for having it even though it is a matter of life and death....yeah...this is just fucked up...I hate that store and everyone in it, employees, managers...soon to be corporate...:'(
If you hate it so much then just quit no one is forcing you to stay.
If you can't find another job you just aren't trying hard enough, work on your résumé and make a nice cover letter to hand deliver to prospective employers.
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Angie Stone wrote:
I started at Walgreen's a few months ago. Thought it was cool, everyone seemed okay, job was enjoyable...up until a month and a half ago...
The store manager is my age, 29, and he is okay, actually cares about people and doing a good job, only, he is a total push-over and allows the shift lead (age 20), assistant manager (26), and Executive Assistant Manager (45) tell him how to do his job rather than make his own decisions. It's really sad.
You can't say hello to any employees or you get yelled at by the young shift leads for "talking and not working" yet, those shift leads have their favorites and talk to them for hours and do nothing else. Photo closing has a 30 long list of things they have to do before closing, plus, morning shift never does theirs, which leaves night to pick up their jobs and when photo is not shut down the night shift gets yelled at for all of it. One person literally quit photo one day because all the work was getting dumped on her while others were talking and not working, but god forbid if I do it. So far 7 people have quit in the last 4 months I have worked there, it is becoming problematic as the turn-over is high, the managers don't care about their employees and will yell at them right there on the sales floor. Walgreen's is ran like a high school, how could a company promote, "Happy and Healthy" when employees leave there feeling completely angry, helpless and sad because managers do NOTHING when we complain because they ALSO contribute to the problems??
I hate my job and I dread going there everyday. I leave there so angry every night and it is affecting my health. I can't find another job right now and it is leaving me feeling hopeless. You aren't allowed to be sick there or you are fired. Yet a shift lead who started EXACTLY the SAME day I did was able to leave for 4 days to Florida to spend VALENTINES DAY WITH HER BROTHER!? I have to have surgery and am facing potential termination for having it even though it is a matter of life and death....yeah...this is just fucked up...I hate that store and everyone in it, employees, managers...soon to be corporate...:'(
I'm really sorry.:( I'm in the same boat as you. Sounds similar to my store (we had 5 calling outs this week, the most recent, tonight our overnight guy). Most days I want to quit, then there are days when I have a $300+ cosmetic sale with 3 PMs and the world is well! I wish I had something more inspiring to say but I don't. Keep trudging thru - if it doesn't get better, at least you can say you tried.

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Mar 15, 2013
 
Call the employee hotline a file a complaint. It should be posted in the breakroom or near the time clock. I think it's 866-NO-LOSS7, but I might be off a digit or two.
The other thing you can do is email your community leader or DM. Get the email from the header of an email printed out at the store. I had to email my DM a few years ago and the problem was solved to my satisfaction.
Another idea is to ask for a transfer. I was able to do that. My old store's management team was all inept and incompetent and I am so glad I got out of there. I'm much happier and my job is now reasonably decent to work in.
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Mar 15, 2013
 
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Call the employee hotline a file a complaint. It should be posted in the breakroom or near the time clock. I think it's 866-NO-LOSS7, but I might be off a digit or two.
The other thing you can do is email your community leader or DM. Get the email from the header of an email printed out at the store. I had to email my DM a few years ago and the problem was solved to my satisfaction.
Another idea is to ask for a transfer. I was able to do that. My old store's management team was all inept and incompetent and I am so glad I got out of there. I'm much happier and my job is now reasonably decent to work in.
Seinfan - what was your experience with your transfer and how did you do it? Just curious, might have to use that card someday!
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Sorry Angie that seems to be the new face of Walgreens. Call ins and retaliation if you complain. When one quits a new scapegoat is formed. Filing a complaint = retaliation anyway the turnover where I worked was about 1 a week. I think the SM just spends most of his time cooking up ways to get even with people who filed complaints his side kick is not much better. They just can't get the new hires to understand. It is there way or the highway, exploit anyone who can make them look good and make their life miserable if they complain. Transferring just gets you a reputation as a complainer. The abusive manager is not going to help you transfer they need a target and will not let you go. After all they gave you the job in the first place. So in there perspective you owe them. When I and others applied for other employment we did not want the prospective new employer calling the store. We figured he would say something to prevent us from getting a new job. In fact I think retaliation maybe his pass time. Upper management knows this but I think they really can't do much. Get out if you can. But if you are a good worker. You are also a potential scapegoat.
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There is always two sides to story like this. Anyway, if you are not happy, just find something else. Complaining is just allowing yourself to be tagged as a disgruntled employee, even if you are not. Don't confuse walgreens open door policy for an actual open door policy 'cause it is not. It is a way to end up in the in the abysmmal walgreens imbroglio, especially when you have idiots and incompetent DMs. That your manager is an incompetent one, the chances of your DM being just as incompetent, or worse, is higher. So, do yourself a favor, find something else!

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Mar 16, 2013
 
Rapid wrote:
<quoted text>If you hate it so much then just quit no one is forcing you to stay.
If you can't find another job you just aren't trying hard enough, work on your résumé and make a nice cover letter to hand deliver to prospective employers.
Get a life and quit being an ass

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Mar 16, 2013
 
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<quoted text>Get a life and quit being an ass
It's really irritating when people say oh just find something better, no one is forcing you to stay. It's hard as hell to find a job now so basically you're stuck in a job you hate until, yes, one day you may find one. It's not easy finding a new job anymore. I may have come across bitchy in my first post but she came here to vent, not for you to tell her to get another job. I'm sure that thought has crossed her mind.
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Mar 16, 2013
 
Mykids04 wrote:
It's really irritating when people say oh just find something better, no one is forcing you to stay. It's hard as hell to find a job now so basically you're stuck in a job you hate until, yes, one day you may find one. It's not easy finding a new job anymore. I may have come across bitchy in my first post but she came here to vent, not for you to tell her to get another job. I'm sure that thought has crossed her mind.
I have 2 jobs in one of the highest unemployment states in the country all you have to do is have a little thing called drive and go out and turn in resumes and post it to monster.
I'm not saying quit without another job lined up but you can always find something else.
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Mar 16, 2013
 
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I have 2 jobs in one of the highest unemployment states in the country all you have to do is have a little thing called drive and go out and turn in resumes and post it to monster.
I'm not saying quit without another job lined up but you can always find something else.
Yes you are correct. The trick is finding a good job they are almost non existent where I live. Every employer wants years of experience but no one is willing to train you. Catch 22's all around , God bless America
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Mar 16, 2013
 
I just want to add that it is illegal to fire someone for medical issues. If you have a surgery coming up have your dr write a note for you. Schedule your surgery, let them know when you are having it and how long you will be out. Again, get this in writing and give it to your manager. This is covered under the americas with disabilitys act. And a surgery is considered short term disability.

If you are fired you will get unemployment benefits. Also, you can sue and win. Or you can take your case to the eeoc. You can file with the local eeoc now telling them your employer says they will fire you for seeking medical attention.

File with the eeoc is free. All they do is handle employee discrimination cases. Not allowing you to have the surgery is discriminated. You will win.

Document everything. Keep a copy of the dr notes you give to your employer. Get a notebook and write down dates, names of the person telling you you can't go to your dr appointments, surgery etc. These are your civil rights. Knowledge is power.
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Mar 16, 2013
 
durrrr wrote:
<quoted text>Yes you are correct. The trick is finding a good job they are almost non existent where I live. Every employer wants years of experience but no one is willing to train you. Catch 22's all around , God bless America
Indeed, definitely not saying it will be a better job (greener pastures) but you can find something that you might hate a little less.
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Get out as soon as you can, let's be honest at Walgreens management will do nothing to help a good employee and if you report poor management you will become a target.

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Mar 17, 2013
 
It's not easy finding another job. I've been looking for the past month or longer. Another person mentioned that nobody wants to train someone new....that is absolutely the truth. Employers nowadays do not want to take the time to do that. Also it seems you have to have multiple degrees to even get a decent paying job.

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Seinfan - what was your experience with your transfer and how did you do it? Just curious, might have to use that card someday!
Honestly, my current SM asked me to transfer to his store when I was there for CCR. When I told him yes, he asked the DM and my old SM if I could transfer. My old SM (as bad as he was) knew I wasn't happy at his store and had the decency to let me go.
A Rx tech at my store also transferred from my old store. I'm not sure what she did to get a transfer or if it was even her decision to transfer.
If I understand the process correctly, you can request a transfer from your SM, CL, or DM and give the reasons why you wish to transfer. If you're chummy with the SM of the store you want to go to and they have an opening available, they can help alot in the transfer as well.
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Mar 17, 2013
 
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Honestly, my current SM asked me to transfer to his store when I was there for CCR. When I told him yes, he asked the DM and my old SM if I could transfer. My old SM (as bad as he was) knew I wasn't happy at his store and had the decency to let me go.
A Rx tech at my store also transferred from my old store. I'm not sure what she did to get a transfer or if it was even her decision to transfer.
If I understand the process correctly, you can request a transfer from your SM, CL, or DM and give the reasons why you wish to transfer. If you're chummy with the SM of the store you want to go to and they have an opening available, they can help alot in the transfer as well.
I see. Well, that helps haha. I worked at another store for one day at CKO and did awesome on SS and the SM wanted me and had COS openings since I am a BA. I asked if I "could go" over even just to help and my CL (I'm at a CL run store) said "No, I'll talk to her about it." He never gave me an answer and now she's no longer friendly to me when I call. I think he burned my bridge with that one.:(

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Mar 17, 2013
 
It's still worth looking into IMO. I know I wouldn't want to work at a CL store because most CLs are basically DM nazis in training.
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Mar 17, 2013
 
Angie Stone wrote:
I started at Walgreen's a few months ago. Thought it was cool, everyone seemed okay, job was enjoyable...up until a month and a half ago...
The store manager is my age, 29, and he is okay, actually cares about people and doing a good job, only, he is a total push-over and allows the shift lead (age 20), assistant manager (26), and Executive Assistant Manager (45) tell him how to do his job rather than make his own decisions. It's really sad.
You can't say hello to any employees or you get yelled at by the young shift leads for "talking and not working" yet, those shift leads have their favorites and talk to them for hours and do nothing else. Photo closing has a 30 long list of things they have to do before closing, plus, morning shift never does theirs, which leaves night to pick up their jobs and when photo is not shut down the night shift gets yelled at for all of it. One person literally quit photo one day because all the work was getting dumped on her while others were talking and not working, but god forbid if I do it. So far 7 people have quit in the last 4 months I have worked there, it is becoming problematic as the turn-over is high, the managers don't care about their employees and will yell at them right there on the sales floor. Walgreen's is ran like a high school, how could a company promote, "Happy and Healthy" when employees leave there feeling completely angry, helpless and sad because managers do NOTHING when we complain because they ALSO contribute to the problems??
I hate my job and I dread going there everyday. I leave there so angry every night and it is affecting my health. I can't find another job right now and it is leaving me feeling hopeless. You aren't allowed to be sick there or you are fired. Yet a shift lead who started EXACTLY the SAME day I did was able to leave for 4 days to Florida to spend VALENTINES DAY WITH HER BROTHER!? I have to have surgery and am facing potential termination for having it even though it is a matter of life and death....yeah...this is just fucked up...I hate that store and everyone in it, employees, managers...soon to be corporate...:'(
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I loved my job thought the world of it as it made me great at my new job . Had I not been harrassed every other week by a loser EXA for over 2 years. I might have stayed but I don't like people that rely on telling lies to keep a job at my store lies were the only tasks they could figure out how to complete.

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