Cons: minimum wage, pay once every two weeks, short breaks, forced union
Working at Duane Reade was definitely an eye opening moment for me. The job is demanding, all day on your feet, multitasking, dealing rude customers who sometimes feel entitled, now not every customer was like that though, I do recall some very nice people i met there too. Duane reade is all about customer service, keeping customers coming, kissing customers behind if you must so they can buy, buy buy, but Duane Reade couldn't care less about their employees. 30 minute lunch breaks, random locker checks when they just call you via intercom to break room and ask you to open your locker and empty it out. (happened to me) bag checks at front of store in front of customers thats a little embarrassing, Treating employees like thief's. Minimum wage, paid once very two weeks, roaches in lunch break room, Too much expectations, too little money i was making it by on credit cards working at duane reade, sometimes i couldn't afford lunch or pay my electricity bill. Never again I quit. If you are trying to support your family and pay your bills this is not the job that will help you. Also they say they offer benefits but the truth is that is only for employees that work 40hrs a week and they always find a way to keep you under that, after six months the best you'll get is a week vacation with NO PAY if you work under 40hrs weekly. But even with out benefits you have to join the union which basically just do whatever Duane Reade wants and take money from your check.