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What are the average starting salaries, bonuses, benefits and travel requirements like at Walgreens?

What do you like best about working at Walgreens? Are there any great perks or special treats for employees?

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WW in Palatine, Illinois

83 months ago

first 3 months at job you are not covered by any medical insurance. dental is not covered for the first 12 months.

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wageastcoast in Delaware, Delaware

73 months ago

Dental is now available after your 90 days :)

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wageastcoast in Delaware, Delaware

73 months ago

ExperiencedJobHunter said: Salaries are below average, unless you are are one of their VPs or above.

You tell me where you can start out as an MGT making 38,000 a year to start !!!!! It sure isn't Rite Aid or CVS !!!!

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nascent in Wisconsin

73 months ago

I meant "more money than them a year" lol...

As for perks and such...health insurance and dental is covered after 90 days. They have a profit sharing plan...admittedly I don't really understand it completely, but everyone tells me it's good.

They have little things where if your store does good on mystery shops you get gift cards. You get holiday pay on the major holidays.

MGTs are hourly, normally starting anywhere from 36k-40k a year. I believe there's also a small raise annually. EXAs(the next promotion) are salary. I hear they make 45k-50k a year, plus they get a small bonus depending on how well the store performed(around 3k)

Then it's store manager...no idea what they make, I'd assume it's anywhere from 65k-80k depending on the volume of the store, plus they also receive a every year based on the store's performance.

EXAs and store managers work at least 48, sometimes up to 60 hours a week. So dedication is a must. MGTs work 44 hours a week(and are hourly, which is a plus). Some say it seems better to be an MGT than anything above because it's the last position before salary, but if your district is anything like mine, they don't have much interest in MGTs if they don't have the desire to be promoted.

As for travel, they seem to try to keep you within an hour drive of where you live.

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Shiloe in Muskegon, Michigan

72 months ago

I thank-you for the information.
I am going for a interview next week.
I have a BBA degree.
I dont have any recent retail experience.
When I was in college 15 years ago I worked in retail and liked it so I decided to go back to college and get a Business Degree.
I was working for GM until last year.
I would like to know what I should wear for the interview? I have a expensive suit,
but I was wondering if that might be over-kill. Maybe just a nice pair of pants and an light colored shirt?
Also I was wondering if I could take the test at a Walgreen closer to my house before I go to the interview. The interview is a hour away from my house and I didnt want to drive that far and not pass the test. The Walgreen's web-site said you can take it at any Walgreen's.
I already took the pre-employment screening test for the assistant manager training position.
I was reading some of the blogs and they were saying they never hire older manager that they all are about 25.
Well I am older than that. What I have going for me is that if I am hired I plan to stay at the same store or same district for the next 20 years.
I wonder if they are having that kind of results from 22 year old.
They are going to quit or move at the drop of a pin.
I am a single mom with a really nice house on a lake that needs a steady career near my home because I dont want to move because my two kids are in a great school and I love my community and neighbors and home.
Any help you can give me would be great.
I understand that you are a manager trainee.

Thanks Debbie

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alicia

72 months ago

Thank you collier for answering my question. I was contacted by management yesterday and officially offered the position, I start tommorow. Health benefits are very important to me, does anyone know what health insurance is offered to walgreens employees? And also, does anyone know how long it usually takes for a beauty advisor to be promoted to a higher position?
Thank you.

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Youlanda Sanders in jackson, Mississippi

63 months ago

I am presently a human resource specialist but I use to manage a Dollar General Store. I am interested in the Manager Trainee Program at Walgreens. I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Management because of a bad economy I am looking for career-growth. I would like to know if the management trainee program is worth looking into.

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Otis

42 months ago

The positions and hours have changed at Walgreens. The assistants no longer get overtime. They cannot go over 40 hours.The job is getting more stressful as the workload increases. If you are an employee and want to get into management you must be young, and also do favors to get the position.

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cliffneeley in Osceola, Iowa

42 months ago

Otis said: The positions and hours have changed at Walgreens. The assistants no longer get overtime. They cannot go over 40 hours.The job is getting more stressful as the workload increases. If you are an employee and want to get into management you must be young, and also do favors to get the position.

So I am 57 you think I will not work out as a manager?

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joely in Vancouver, Washington

37 months ago

I just got offered a job to work at Walgreens Speciality pharmacy. How much does Walgreens charge their employee for health insurance? Like every two weeks?

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Don

35 months ago

mgt101 in Crest Hill, Illinois said: been an MGT with the company for almost 8 years. walgreens is a very rewarding and challenging place to work. concerning MGTs getting promoted to an EXA or STORE MANAGER: you better be prepared to be your store manager's best friend and be in your mid 20's. this company doesn't directly discriminate; rather they encourage and gravitate towards those individuals who are younger. walgreens expectation is that these younger folks have a greater longetivity and time-commitment than their older counterparts. I truly believe that I have been passed up for promotion a few times in the past due to my age. otherwise, I consider myself happy and will continue my career with walgreens for as long as I am able to and for as long as they wish to keep me.

Don't ya think something is wrong if you have been a Manager in Training for 8 years? I'm 29, just graduated college after a successful military career and toying around with the idea of going into management at Walgreens; however, I am not gonna tolerate 8 years as a trainee. I am thinking 2 maximum and then I want my own store and if that means I have to transfer to Alaska and a newly built Walgreens then so be it lol.

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parent

35 months ago

My son did the online application for several positions. He's young but has a bachelors in liberal studies along with some AS degrees. He expressed interest in several areas. He was called in for a skills assessment, said it was long, and that it covered management questions, cashier questions, customer service, as well as pharmacy related questions. He thought is was challenging, but he enjoyed taking it. It was difficult in the sense, that based on his position, his response would be different. He found out from a friend that he got "Excellent--Highly Recommended." I guess the store has several positions due to some transfers. We have no idea what position he may be offered. Any idea on starting wages?

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Former MGT in Berkeley, California

34 months ago

Don said: Don't ya think something is wrong if you have been a Manager in Training for 8 years? I'm 29, just graduated college after a successful military career and toying around with the idea of going into management at Walgreens; however, I am not gonna tolerate 8 years as a trainee. I am thinking 2 maximum and then I want my own store and if that means I have to transfer to Alaska and a newly built Walgreens then so be it lol.

You've honestly never worked at Walgreens. There are people for have been Assistant Managers (or MGT Trainees) for like 25+ years. It's not what you know it's who you know. The company is cutting back on opening stores and it's harder to become a EXA (think of having to compete for 1 spot in your district between 100+ assistants, plus you have to get recommended from a SA and interview with your DM). Do your research before you make rude assumptions. EXA are first in-line before any MGT -- in addition, if you're at a store that gets a new store manager every years, you have to build a new relationship and learn new SA styles. Always having to make new connection with people who can determine and recommend your promotions is not easy.

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makena in York, Pennsylvania

34 months ago

Don said: Don't ya think something is wrong if you have been a Manager in Training for 8 years? I'm 29, just graduated college after a successful military career and toying around with the idea of going into management at Walgreens; however, I am not gonna tolerate 8 years as a trainee. I am thinking 2 maximum and then I want my own store and if that means I have to transfer to Alaska and a newly built Walgreens then so be it lol.

You are a very funny person! Do you really think anywhere is going to just hand you a multi-million dollar unit after 2 years with the company? Walgreens is a great place to work precisely because they don't just promote instantly. You must be willing to do everything your employees do. From cleaning bathrooms to taking out trash. Come on now you have to climb your way up the ladder from the bottom no matter what degree you have. Just talk to a recent law grad.

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trlee in Laurens, South Carolina

34 months ago

Young or do favors? Wow.
I started at Walgreens in April of 2009. I was a stay at home mom for 12 years, a high school drop out for 18 years until 2007 when I got my GED.

I started out as a front cashier at age 38. 2 months later I was promoted to SBA ($1.50 raise). In March of 2010 I was promoted to Sims Coordinator (another $1.50 raise). In June of 2010 Sims transfered over to Store Team Lead (only .25 raise). In August of this year (2011) I applied for Assistant Manager and got the position, in my own store. Total raises? $8.30 in 2 1/2 years. I am now 40 years old.

You do not have to be YOUNG or do so called FAVORS to be promoted. You have to work hard, and prove yourself.

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lespeeb in Liberty, Texas

28 months ago

Many years ago, I worked for Walgreen Drugs. I started as a clerk making $2.00 per hour. My goal was Store Manager. In five years, I was above that level. Walgreen's is a great company. Every promise made to me was kept.

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cdpdee in Youngstown, Ohio

26 months ago

I'm looking for salary range for a team lead in IT or QA department

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t in Burbank, California

24 months ago

how long after you quit does your health insurance quit

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Beth in Athens, Alabama

13 months ago

I applied for the AMT position in two stores near my home. I received an email to contact one of the store manager to schedule the assessment. It will take approximately 2 hours, and will include a Math portion and a Job Simulation portion. The assessment will apply to both stores. I really hope things go smoothly for me.

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Beth in Madison, Alabama

12 months ago

I took the assessment and interviewed with the Manager. He forward my info onto the district manager. Just wondering how long it takes to hear from the district manager for an interview. Can someone give me some info about that?

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Bert Hammersdorf in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

12 months ago

I've worked at a walgreens as an all around grunt for a while, it's not a bad gig. Starting pay is 8$ which for a youngin like me is not bad. Plus, the job is easier than all hell. I do see with the mgmt positions more stress, and it always seems to be about jockeying positions, whose up for what promotion or whos getting transferred. Even that though does not seem terribly stressful, and I feel like as long as you work hard and can think a little faster than the others you can go far. Pharmacy is where i would like to be full time but photo is not bad. CKO can suck just for the sheer lack of walking around if its a busy store. 10 hour checkout shifts are hell

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Arz

12 months ago

alicia said: Thank you collier for answering my question. I was contacted by management yesterday and officially offered the position, I start tommorow. Health benefits are very important to me, does anyone know what health insurance is offered to walgreens employees? And also, does anyone know how long it usually takes for a beauty advisor to be promoted to a higher position?
Thank you.

I was hired in May as a beauty advisor way over qualified with an MBA and made a remarkable impact on the stores cosmetic sales and I was promoted after 6 weeks to senior beauty advisor so don't worry do remarkable work and you can get a promotion as quick as you impress your manager.

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Mohamed Keita in atlanta, Georgia

10 months ago

trlee in Laurens, South Carolina said: Young or do favors? Wow.
I started at Walgreens in April of 2009. I was a stay at home mom for 12 years, a high school drop out for 18 years until 2007 when I got my GED.

I started out as a front cashier at age 38. 2 months later I was promoted to SBA ($1.50 raise). In March of 2010 I was promoted to Sims Coordinator (another $1.50 raise). In June of 2010 Sims transfered over to Store Team Lead (only .25 raise). In August of this year (2011) I applied for Assistant Manager and got the position, in my own store. Total raises? $8.30 in 2 1/2 years. I am now 40 years old.

SORRY but that is just bull, I worked at walgreens and no matter how hard you work you need favors to move.

you said you moved up from Team Lead to assistant manager??? i have a hard time believing that

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allister in Raynham, Massachusetts

10 months ago

It has nothing to do with favors I started 3 years ago with Walgreens as a MGT. I did my work and due to the fact that I caught on quickly I was transferred 3 times in 2 years to the worst stores in our district. I applied the principles and became EXA after 2 years. I passed the PTCB exam on the first try and I am now a Store Manager I did it in 3 years. I had a couple off bosses along the way who, lets just say not on "my side". I did no favors and earned every promotion through hard work. I have worked with persons that have been "trying" and been with the company for 5,10,13 years and still were MGT and are now SFL's. I am almost 40 years old. We have people in our district who have 3 children and family obligations and have move from cashier, to beauty adviser, to senior beauty adviser, Shift lead and are now ASMT's in 4 years since joining the company and it is not easy too become ASM nor ASMT in Massachusetts you have to earn it.

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allister in Raynham, Massachusetts

10 months ago

Arz said: I was hired in May as a beauty advisor way over qualified with an MBA and made a remarkable impact on the stores cosmetic sales and I was promoted after 6 weeks to senior beauty advisor so don't worry do remarkable work and you can get a promotion as quick as you impress your manager.

If you continue to grasp each department at this pace you can become an ASMT rather quickly and on to ASM and then Store Manager :-)

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jpag in Nanuet, New York

9 months ago

How soon after starting as a management trainee at Walgreens are you provided with the comprehensive medical application forms? I realize that the health insurance isn't available for 90 days, although many companies require that paperwork be completed within the first two weeks of employment.

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