Shift Leader (Current Employee), glen oaks, ny – November 9, 2013
Managers thought highly of them selves and treated the other employees below them like they were specially challenged; talked down to them.
In a typical day of work, would come in and start working immediately, got along with most of my co workers if not all of them. The hardest part of my job is taking out the trash and having to bring it through – more... the store when I could just easily open the loading dock gate and take the trash out thru there. The only reason I don't do that is because one of the managers who I think is very lazy, tells me no and that I am not aloud to do that.
The most enjoyable part about my job is talking amongst my fellow co workers, they have the craziest imaginations ever. its so fun because I am a multi-tasker, so when I talk I get my work done as well as having a good conversation. – less
Pharm Tech (Former Employee), New York – August 21, 2013
Pros: you have a job.
It's a menial job not even close to mediocre. Customers and pharmacists treat you with little to no respect. The pay is so low for the job that you do. Understaffed. Feels like you take hits from the patients and the pharmacists all the time even if it's not your fault. Very stressful and no sense of fulfillment.
Pharmacy Technician (Former Employee), New York, NY – August 21, 2013
Pros: some coworkers, customers
Cons: low compensation, lazy pharmacists plus the crazy one in this store
Was in a busy store with 2-3 working in the pharmacy at one time. On my first day i did the register with $7.25/hr rate. i was new so i guess they gave me that rate. i wanted to get a full 40 hours but they said i can't get because DR didn't have the budget. i kept going thinking it would get better. i worked for 36 hrs a week because 37 would make – more... you full time. in Toys R Us i got $8/hr and $9.10/ hr before i left plus benefits.i had to go because my mom and i moved here in NY. Anyway, my pharmacist got booted and a new one from another store came in and i absolutely hate her. She is youngish with a weird name. She acts like she was the coolest thing in d store. Everyone hates her. She makes mistakes and blamed it on us. The new tech gave the wrong pills that she checked and dispensed and when the patient came back she was yelling at us and blaming us for it. She's the dampharmacist, it's her job to make sure everything she bags and dispenses is right, otherwise what's her use? She also blames tech for wrong prescription processes she processed herself that's why i hate her. She has delusion of grandiosity and she just wouldnt apologize fir her mistakes and not admit to it. In more than the 3yrs i stayed techs came and went, my job didn't get better. I was given more to do for a cent. From a $7.25 in 2008 to a $7.75 in 2012, from being the drug clerk to a lead pharm tech in DR was hell. DON'T WORK HERE. Nothing will ever happen to your life. – less
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Inventory Control Specialist (Current Employee), New York, NY – August 20, 2013
A typical day at work is when it rain I just stay in and work. I learn drifferant kind of skill from basic to management level which help me in my every day life. I enjoy working with my co-workers, because we help and learn from each other. The hardest part of my job is when management some times give me work their don`t let me try things my way to – more... see if it`s works. The most enjoyable part of my job is help customers. – less
Cashier (Former Employee), Manhattan, NY – August 20, 2013
the interview was typical, what motivates you? why duane reade? strengths and weaknesses. the managers are friendly and handle business at the same time. good chances for promotions if you put in the time.
Pharmacy Cashier (Former Employee), New York, NY – August 18, 2013
Pros: had some good oppertunities to move up
Cons: union was bad
The beginning of my shift i made sure the register had money and receipt tape.I learned how to keep my cool in a fast paced pharmacy the location were i worked had a lot of traffic coming in. An sometimes wanted to fill medications quick and have little to no patience. My co- workers were ok. I had no real issues with my work place.
Head Cashier (Former Employee), Manhattan, NY – August 8, 2013
Pros: helping others
Cons: short breaks
a typical day at work was to scan, bag and exchange change.as well as keep front store neat/clean and greet customers entering and exit store.i learned that customers come first.managent are responsible and reliable. my co worker were understanding and believe we have to stick together as a team.the hardest part of the job looking out for shop lifters.the – more... most enjoyable part of the day was coming to work each day. – less
Being a pharm tech for this company is the most demeaning, unrewarding , unappreciated job that I have ever encountered.
Pharmacy Technician (Former Employee), New York, NY – August 5, 2013
Cons: people, short breaks, over-worked, underpaid, no benefits
I did almost everything that the "pharmacists" should be doing while the pharmacist takes her sweet personal time most of the day. Being a pharmacy technician is a nightmare. I did most of the pharmacist's job (much better) but she gets the credit for everything i did and suggested. This is the most demeaning, unrewarding, unappreciated job that I have – more... ever encountered. I was the drug clerk, cashier and the tech. The customers are rude to me but mostly nice only to the pharmacist. The pharmacist uses the pharmacy phone to talk to friends and family and makes me do her phone calls. She can talk for hours. There was a time a patient came back and said that she gave him the wrong capsules, she gave him the ordinary capsules, the prescription asked for ER caps. It was a C2 and this is only time she fills the prescription, counts and dispenses. She looked at me, she probably thought that I wasn't listening because i was busy doing refills. She told the patient "I'm sorry, we have a new tech here and I thought he gave the right pills. You know techs... (laughs)... Let me do it right for you this time." FYI, I NEVER touch the C2 medications because we were not allowed to. Even if there are times she doesn't feel like counting and asks me to count, I tell her NO. So this was her doing... This pharmacist and the others, who I had the displeasure of working with, in this company, in my opinion, are not so intelligent nor knowledgable. I was surprised to hear that they are US Pharm D graduates but not know much about pharmacology or even simple, common facts. Even a high school would know that the body constantly burns calories even when you are at rest. One pharmacist even stressed out that propanolol is a Calcium channel Blocker and she got so upset when I told her it's a NS Beta Blocker. she turned red and told me where she graduated from and that she knows much more than I, who's just a tech. I just kept quiet. I just hope that when she got home, she checked for it. She filled in that day but was told she's from another store. One even counseled a patient and said that pepto bismol has really no side-effects and that it's okay to take it for heart burn even when constipated. -sigh- there were so much 'fail' but this one is getting too long. I'm just glad I left as soon as I can. I stayed for 6 months because an employment shorter that that would not look good in a resume. I just have to say if one is so desperate, take this job, but be warned, it only pays 7.25 per hour, you do mostly everything even when it's not in your job description, you work with some incompetent proud pharmacists (in my experience, most of them), deal with rude customers, take all the blame for the pharmacist's errors and not get credit due to you. – less
Shift Manager (Former Employee), New York, NY – August 4, 2013
Pros: there is a lot of room to grow
Cons: must be willing to make sacrifices personally to work sometimes and very stressful.
I learned a lot with the company. It is very easy to get promoted, but you have to work hard and show that you are more than capable. I've learned how to use a lot of different systems for the company and I was able to train others which was pretty cool. You have to be able to take whatever is thrown at you because some co-workers can make the job stressful – more... because they're not doing what they're supposed to. But everyday is different with different challenges good and bad. It's been a great learning experience. One of the most enjoyable parts of the job was getting customer satisfaction and you get to know your regular customers and they get to know you as well. – less
Service Clerk (Current Employee), Manhattan, NY – July 26, 2013
Cons: short break
The most enjoyable part of the job is home time. I do too much for to little. I love my co-workers but management sucks. They abuse authority. I'm just using this job for work experience. I work on weekends and holidays and get no extra pay. I work 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, yet still I'm considered pat time.
Stock/Store Clerk (Former Employee), New York, NY – July 25, 2013
Pros: 10% discounts on whole store
Cons: short breaks
A typical day at work included: Unpack incoming inventory and distribute all items to their certain areas around the store. Dealing with customers in face-to-face interactions while also dealing with different customer scenarios. Handling with cash and counting the daily balance at the end of the day. Dealt with about $500-$1000 worth of money a day. – more... I learned how to deal with people in certain situations. I became more of a people friendly person. This job also enhanced my communication skills while also understanding how to assist people on their needs and desires. Management placed out many team-oriented goals that would benefit the company and its customers. Management was also very understanding on setting goals and describing instructions. My co-workers were helpful with my training and in the work field on a daily basis. The hardest part of the job was mainly taking over the cashier by myself on a busy night with many customers on line at once. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting different types of people daily and also being in a very positive environment that brings smiles to customers. – less
Clerical Assistant (Former Employee), Astoria, NY – July 21, 2013
Pros: experience, location
Working at Duane Reade was a new experience for me. Most of the customers were very nice and then there were difficult ones from time to time. Coworkers were surprised at how patient I am in each situation. I'm known for solving tough situations and when there's nothing i can do, I call the manager. I learned how to use the register on an intermediate/advanced – more... level within 3 weeks. I know in and around the basics and rules for running a cash register. Also, I learned how to read planograms, change milars and face/stock products. My coworkers were very nice and supportive of me. I enjoyed being on the floor stocking and interacting with customers. I had a difficult time reaching some items when a step stool was unavailable but I always found a way to reach what i need. – less