Cashier/Sales Associate (Former Employee), New York, NY – October 14, 2014
Working at Duane Reade was a great experience. I worked as cashier, tabulating all purchases accurately as well as executing all returns/voids. I counted my drawer at start time and closed out register at closing time maintaining accuracy. I cleaned the entire facility after closing and faced the aisles so that all merchandise was in its proper place, – more... neatly. Unloading totes through the day and taking inventory. All this which I enjoyed making this job a great place for me to work. I was always punctual, and organized so in that I received a lot of hours. That I was always grateful for because I really did enjoy working at Duane Reade. I would recommend anyone looking for a job to apply. – less
Pharmacist Assistant (Former Employee), queens, new york – June 19, 2014
This company gives you loads of work with little pay. it takes a while to get used to the groove and you have to answer to not only the pharmacist but to the managers as well which sometimes they rotate.
associate/ Shift Leader (Current Employee), New York NY – June 16, 2014
A day at Duane Reade is full of multitasking and time management. i have learn how to maintain store sales. also management the company daily earnings The hardest part about my job is just keeping track of the time, But the most enjoyable part of the job is people the customers
Certified Pharmacy Technician (Current Employee), New York, NY – June 8, 2014
A typical day at Duane Reade is satisfying our dedicated customers with their prescriptions and questions. To me achieving a smile and providing the best customer service to my customers is a successful day.
Sometimes very stressful, corporate Walgreens has little to no understanding of what high volume retail in demanding Manhattan atmosphere.
Store Manager (Current Employee), 155 E. 34th St. NY,NY 10016 – May 19, 2014
When I first started working for Duane Reade in 2010, I came in as an Assistant Manager (before Walgreens fully took over the reigns). Things were much more cut and dry. Hard nose retailing was the name of the game and in busy Manhattan, some days can be challenging enough with the everyday grind from the enormous amount of demanding customers, relentless – more... shoplifters and retention issues among hourly team members. Let alone we are operating our businesses out of high rise buildings that are not stand alone with parking lots and drive thru windows; much like the ones you see at your neighborhood Walgreens. Therefore one can imagine the problems with facilities maintenance that occur almost daily causing overheads to skyrocket and occupancy costs that are mind blowing. For example my rent went up to $170,000.00 per month. If you think its hard to contribute to the bottom line, you are correct. However since Walgreens came in they decided to implement all of their key initiatives, and with that came an enormous amount of corporate Duane Reade jobs eliminated, and budget cuts for the Duane Reade stores. This equates to an enormous workload that is enforced on the store managers and they keep adding, adding and adding to our workload without the proper workforce to get it all completed on a day to day basis. However I must say I have figured out how to run a clean store that has impeccable in stock and store conditions are far better than your average drug store. My team members are also for the most part, very pleasant, well trained and have bought into the Walgreens culture that I have implemented for them to follow. And while Im not entirely angry and all the changes that were made and still being made, ( they are really great ideas and probably work at your typical Walgreens) but when you combine all of these key initiatives with the largest city in the United States where life in retail can't be compared to any other market, not everything adds up to be picture perfect like they imagine. Extreme multi-tasking is my forte and if I didn't possess this trait with excellence I would sink, but its been a trait that I have not always held as such. Thats what I have learned how to execute the most. Obviously much more about operating a business, but that is the key to success if you want to be a SM for Duane Reade. The most enjoyable part of my job is that I help the overall wellness of the people that depend on me, whether its my customers or my staff. I can leave work each day and honestly say I have made an impact on someone in a positive manner, no matter how frustrated I become with seemingly corporate greed. Obviously I have been honest about my feelings towards the company that I have dedicated 4 plus years to, I just don't know if I can continue to believe in everything that they are about. If I can't honestly say I am along for the ride and agree with them on a humanistic level then I do not want to continue and that is why I have an open mind about taking my career to the next level with a company that has core values that revolve around its employees. – less
Cashier/Overnight Stocker (Former Employee), New York, NY – May 19, 2014
Come in on time work begins as soon as i clock in . Help Customers . Work with Coworkers to get task done as fast as possible . restock all items to shelves after unloading the truck . take out garbage on truck nights . clean and maintain store .