Shift Lead, Ashburn, VA - December 15, 2015
At Walgreens the people you work with really feel like a second family at times. That comes with the good, and the bad, but like family, the good outweighs the bad.
On a regular day of Walgreens, you'll be tasked with keeping the store up to date on the latest stock of items, clearing the floor of items, and general management duties.Whichever department you're assigned to, you'll be taught every aspect of how to run and organize your department. Customer Service also known as ECC in the company is the skill you are taught the most however, as it's the core of Walgreens.
Although Shift Leads aren't officially considered management, you are still tasked with managing the employees and opening/closing the store. Once you become a shift lead, you really start to learn the ins and outs of management experience, but are guided by your Assistant Store Manager and Store Manager.
Management officially consists of the Assistant Store Manager and the store manager, however Shift Leads are typically included for store purposes as management. The Assistant Store Manager is tasked with the top management of all regular floor employees, and guidance for the Shift Leads. The Store Manager is tasked with the top management for the Shift Leads, and the the upkeep of the entire store. It's essential that the three of these positions all get along to keep the communication cycle efficient and comfortable in the store. They are what keep the family at Walgreens together.
The hardest part of the job would be working a majority of the holidays, and not being able to take off at all during December and the majority of January. If you are apart of management at Walgreens, you will be working every major holiday as the store never closes. Most vacations are allocated towards the summer time as taking vacations during the winter are first deeply frowned upon October/November, and then banned during December/January.
The enjoyable part of the job however is the sense of family you grow into at Walgreens. No matter how quiet, or out of place you might seem coming into Walgreens, I've never once not had someone feel apart of the team after a month. Walgreens ensures an amazing job culture for team communication, and as a shift lead you really start to feel like a parental guidance for a lot of your employees. There have been days where I have been off and actually wished I was at work because working with your coworkers is so fun.
In conclusion, Walgreens is a wonderful place to work albeit with a few downsides that you should take into consideration before you decide on a career path here. You'll never regret working here however, you will always feel valued.