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An Okay Job For Building Experience, But That's All
Official title as a SIMS (Current Employee), New York, NYJanuary 14, 2014
Cons: short breaks, no overtime, inflexibility, forced union
The job is really not too difficult when you are first starting out, assuming that you are starting out as a cashier/stock guy. There really isn't much too it, except for dealing with customers and task relating to the sales floor, such as stocking and setting up sales displays. Eventually, if you develop more skills and work hard you will move up to – more... a SIMS Coordinator position, which can potentially lead to a management position (while using the words 'potentially' loosely). Task can become repetitive, unfufilling and frankly, unrewarding, as you eventually develop the skills to do the same type of work Shift Leaders do, except without the increase in pay and benefits.

Some managers can be pretty decent people, while others are full of themselves and seem to believe what they do is the next greatest thing to bio-engineering. Its retail, not rocket science. The job is much better if you are working with people who enjoy being around. The only enjoyable part of the job is dealing with regular customers, which depends on the type of store you will be located at. This also varies from person to person. Some people will be good at deal with customers, while others will tend to struggle.

This is a union job, and being that this isn't a right-to-work state, you are forced to job the local union if you want the position. You are not official in the union until after your first three months, but for whatever reason the Union feels that it should subtract union dues from you before that time. You won't be able to get your Union benefits until after the first six months, of which you will be eligible for paid vacation. After your first vacation, you have to wait until you've made your second year in the company to have two weeks paid vacation. It all depends on the union contract.

Being part of the union also gives you paid leave for sick pay, but Duane Reade policy forces you to bring a doctors note for you to acquire your sick pay. Because the company is going to reimburse you to see the Doctor out of your own pocket. This is not supposed to be an expense, but a personal benefit for you. The only way to avoid all of this is to get health insurance through the company, but you need to work full-time in order to be eligible for all of this.

Overall, it is a good place to work if you want to build some work experience for your next possible job. It can also be a good place to work if you have no other marketable skills other than retail. Other than this, you really should expect too much from working here. – less
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Busy Busy Work
Sims Coordinator, Inventory (Current Employee), New York, NYJanuary 11, 2014
I work the hectic overnight shift and I am always stocking the shelves and working on the cosmetic aisle. My co workers are awesome and I love my boss.
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An enjoyable postion; working in Duane Reade time always seemed to fly by
Cashier and Customer Service (Former Employee), New York, NYJanuary 10, 2014
I actually took pride in working in Duane Reade, the customers and my co workers were extremely cooperative and even managers appeared to be pleasant to work with. Although it was a fast past environment working there was always a breeze and time always seemed to fly.
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It was productive and fun. It kept me busy.
Cashier/Stocker (Former Employee), New York, NYJanuary 9, 2014
Pros: friendly customers, i always had something to do, and the hours were good.
Cons: short breaks
My typical day at work was always something to look forward to because i loved my customers. I learned to become a better person by working there because i was always around a positive crowd. My managers were wonderful. They always praised me for my hard work and dedication. You need that type of praise because it would make you want to do your job – more... better. My co-workers were the best because we always helped each other out. They made me look forward to going to work. The hardest part of my job was when the business became slow because it felt like i had nothing to do and i like to stay busy. The most enjoyable part of the job was when the holidays came around because I liked to see the smiles on the customers faces especially the children. – less
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best job ever
Pharmacist Technician (Current Employee), new york , nyJanuary 8, 2014
best place to work

everything is great about this company

learned alot

day ate work were very easy
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The managment team isn't professional and the fact that I have to wear my coat all day because of the lack of heat is just ridiculous.
Clerk/stock (Current Employee), new york city, new yorkJanuary 8, 2014
Working at this company wasn't for me. Mostly because of the compensation and the lack of apprecation.
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active hard work
General clerk/Cashier (Former Employee), New York, NYJanuary 7, 2014
Pros: good benefits
Cons: short breaks
Very busy nights and mornings. learned how to help and direct co-workers with the knowledge I inquired from my manager. Co-workers was respectful and easy to talk to. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting new people and then became friends
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Shift Supervisor (Former Employee), new York, NYJanuary 6, 2014
great team, i love being able to help people. great hours that worked with my kids school hrs .
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great place to work
stock associate and cashier (Former Employee), New York, NYJanuary 4, 2014
i enjoyed my time working there, the managers were for respectable and i enjoyed working for them. the work was a fare deal of work once the team was there and everyone did his/her part.
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productive work place
Store Associate (Former Employee), New York, NYJanuary 3, 2014
duane reade thrieves on customer service and being excellent at it.
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great and fun place
Store Detective (Former Employee), New York, NYJanuary 2, 2014
Pros: free metro cards
Cons: manpower
Duane reade is a fun place to work.Management and co workers were pretty ok
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Duane Reade
Photo Tech, Cashier & Stocks Personal (Former Employee), New York, NYDecember 30, 2013
Its a cool relaxed place to work at, minimum wage pay 8.00 an hour, good benefits as well. Learned and built so much experience
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very trying work place
Cashier (Former Employee), New York, NYDecember 29, 2013
Pros: flexibility
Cons: very short lunch breaks
A typical day at work was always very unpredictable. I learned that not every work place has to be enjoyable, your just there to do a job. Management changed a lot and was seemingly pleasant. The hardest part of this job was the constant changing of management and the most enjoyable part were my co-workers.
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Productive
Cashier/Sales Associate (Former Employee), New York, NYDecember 18, 2013
Pros: discounts
My position was a Cashier/Sales Associate and a typical day at work would be at the register throughout the whole day, greeting customers and also answering peoples questions. I learned time management. My co-workers were really all to themselves and worked independently. The hardest part of the job was making the manager happy. Management was very – more... lazy and sometimes I did management job. The most enjoyable part of the job was working in the city and gaining a friendship with the people who visited the store everyday. – less
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Steady-paced Work Environment
Cashier and Stockperson (Former Employee), New York, NYDecember 17, 2013
Standard retail environment. Learned to provide customer service, maintain work area, and operate cash register.
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energetic,people oriented,and attentive
Cashier & Stock (Current Employee), New York, NYDecember 17, 2013
Pros: discount and health benefits.
Cons: security
working as a cashier in Duane Reade is not as difficult as many people think is a simple job once you get the hang of it.It can get busy some days in the weekdays and it's always busy in the weekends. I've learned to interact with customers and anticipate their needs. In addition, i also manged time perfectly when looking for items and assisting customers.The – more... coworkers are very friendly and helpful at my location.The most enjoyable part of the job is that we have health benefits and making costumers happy. – less
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Productive
Sales Associate (Former Employee), New York, NYDecember 16, 2013
Gave me a chance to gain experience in another field of work and also gave me a sense of responsibility and taught me how to type things efficiently.
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Great place to show productivity during a day
Cashier / RX Clerk (Former Employee), Jamaica, NYDecember 13, 2013
Pros: having a set schedule, employee discount
Cons: no healthcare
While working in Duane Reade , I learned most of my retail knowledge there. Especially , on using computers when it came to the pharmacy. The management in the Duane Reade i was working in wasn't as well organized as it should have been due to lack of communication. We had a list of duties in the front desk to let us know what were our task to be done – more... and they would give us more task than can be done during our shift. The most enjoyable part of the job for me would be when i was able to help pharmacy. Because i enjoyed helping customers with their medications. – less
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It pays the bills
Sales Clerk, Beauty Advisor (Current Employee), New York, NYDecember 11, 2013
I have been working at this job for 3 years and I am completely unhappy here. I work up to 40 hours a week and I only get part-time benefits. I am a hard worker and I've been trying to progress in this company. I am looking for growth and I feel that as long as I am here at this company I will not grow.
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Duane Reade
Cashier & Sales assoc (Former Employee), DUANE READEDecember 8, 2013
working in this job i learned alot of customer service knowing how to handle tuff situations with people and learning how to be a great people person my manager helped me with alot showed me the ropes to it and i learned very quickly and my co-workers also i like to meet new people and see what we have in commen its a fun experience. the hardest part – more... of this job was working hard for manager position but i tried my hardest to get it. but for the most part i loved what i did when i was working here. – less

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