Too old to be a manager?

Too old to be a manager?

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#1 May 12, 2010
I was wondering if anyone has the same problem I have? I have been an EXA for 5 years and been with the company for over 20 years. I have my CPHT, am a hard worker and get along great with my managers. In my district there have been at least 5 EXAs who have got promoted in the past two years. All the people getting promoted have been in their mid to late 20's. I'm 45 years old and feeling I'm too old to be promoted.

Does anyone else feel that way?

United States

#2 May 12, 2010
Welcome to the world of age discrimination in the land of Walgreens. Age discrimination is the rule rather than the exception in the land of Walgreens. I know some damn good MGTs in their 40's who haven't been promoted to EXA because of their age.

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#3 May 13, 2010
This is sure true here in CT. I am considering filing a complaint with the EEOC (see ) regarding it. I would encourage others to consider it also. Age discrimination is very much a reality at Walgreens, and it's illegal.

Salem, OR

#4 May 15, 2010
I know that getting passed over for promotions can seem frustrating. One of the difficult things about promotions to Store Manager is that each store is different, and will require a manager with a specific skill set. Some will need managers who are great with community relations, others will need store managers who are effective in the pharmacy. and so on. If you continue doing the right things, your opportunity will come.

Something I would suggest is talking to your Store Manager about your situation, perhaps in a context like this:

"Bob, I wanted to talk to you about my performance as an EXA. I feel that I do a great job at doing (TASK 1) and (TASK 2). I really feel that I have made great improvement (TASK 1) and (TASK 2). What are some areas you feel I am still lacking in before I am prepared for a role as a Store Manager?"

Hopefully your SM can give you some good feedback, and give you some areas to focus on. If you work on those areas, and still feel that you are being passed up, I might approach it more directly, either with your SM or even with the DM.
Pat from Cleveland

Franklin, PA

#5 Jan 2, 2013
I was hired at Walgreens in 2006 as an assistant mgr. was transfered to 5 different stores in 9 mos.
Felt it was all due to age discrimination.
It got so bad, i decided to dye my hair.
As soon as i did that, performance reviews got much better, but i was already labeled as "old"
I was denied EXA training, even though i had mastered all the on line requirements as well as phamaceutical lab.
The district mgr. would not even recognize my emails or requests.
Very poor experience for a veteran of the business world.

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#6 Jan 2, 2013
i am also in a young store manager area. There are a few older ones but most are 45 or under

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#7 Jan 3, 2013
I doubt too many ppl in upper mgmnt. discriminate against older people. Older people have a tendency to be set in their ways, where younger ppl are more trainable (generally speaking obviously, not in all cases.)

Besides things like PTCB certification, and other must-haves, there are only 2 things you need to get promoted in Walgreens. To please your boss and your bosses boss. Most ppl get passed over because they had some belief on getting promoted which was different than that. Once people get passed their hang ups about what they THINK should count towards getting promoted and work on only those 2 things which matter, they will be much better off.

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#8 Jan 3, 2013
I have yet to see a store manager that was past their thirties. It's a shame because most of the store managers I have met are very full of themselves. I think this is more common with younger people in managerial roles. Most people eventually outgrow that when they realize all they are is a retail manager. The best store manager I have ever had was in his late 50s. He knew how to treat people. He didn't act like he was better than everyone else. I am in my early twenties, but I value the knowledge and experience that comes with age.

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