Walgreens Boots Alliance Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 23 Dec 2020

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Executive Chairman Stefano Pessina
Stefano Pessina
254 Ratings
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. "Opportunities at a cost"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacist Store Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training, competitive pay, progressive company, plenty of opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance demands from company

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  2. "Work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacist 

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Busy, makes time go fast, Okay salary.

    Cons

    On feet all day, Lack of work life balance, Social life disturbed, Weekend working.


  3. "Understaffed, Overworked, Underpaid"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Nothing else positive. Used to be a better work please going back a few years

    Cons

    Pressure and stress due to inadequate staff levels. No work life balance. Inadequate staff causing constant stress especially due to the nature of pharmacy and the importance of medication.

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  4. "Career with Boots."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training. Good career opportunities.

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult to maintain

  5. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Pros of working at WBA are international environment, stability of the job, good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Work - life balance can be compromised sometimes as working hours can be quite long. Moves across functions are quite uncommon.

  6. Helpful (7)

    "Sick workplace"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacist Manager in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    We get wages we get wages we get wages we get wages We get staff discount we get staff discount. A pension if you are in one.

    Cons

    Colleagues are worked into the ground. Forget about any work-life balance if your a manager or pharmacist. We are all worked like dogs. Many go off long-term sick and some never return, being left as empty husks when all the goodness has been beaten out of them. Boots, like many big companies, is like a giant ship, steaming ahead, and any casualties are thrown overboard. Boots may get its colleagues to do a lot of charity work but within its ownership there is no 'kindness'.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "WBA, time for a change"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial (B2B) 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diverse and multicultural workforce. Skills development in a big, complex, growing company. Good for CV.

    Cons

    Very difficult (no flexibility) to get a salary increase despite many unpaid hours you need to work (due to business trips travel time, or customers overseas, or last-minute tasks to be completed the same day because of someone else not doing their bit). No formal training for new starters. No formal work-life balance (it's up to your line manager). Low salary compared to other pharmaceutical companies, if you work in an office and are not a Director. Lack of investment in people. Sudden structural changes. Job uncertainty. Fear culture. Some nepotism culture.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Not a great company to work for"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Walgreens Boots Alliance for more than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Little respect for employees, no work/life balance

  9. "Always want more"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok but you have to work hard to earn it

    Cons

    No work life balance far too many unpaid hours worked

  10. Helpful (1)

    "A company of which I will always be fond."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Boots is a professional company with a fantastic work ethos, continuously striving to strengthen its bonds with its customers. Working as part of the team at Boots can be a very fulfilling role.

    Cons

    There is little room for professional development in terms of promotion. Moreover the current issue of the company being severely understaffed can lead to an unhealthy work life balance for employees when strain is placed on them to work longer hours while covering a number of posts.

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