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Alliance Boots Reviews

Updated 14 January 2019
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  • "Work - life balance can be compromised sometimes as working hours can be quite long" (in 7 reviews)

  • "There does not seem to be a cohesive policy for all the teams in Boots Head Office, as certain practises differ per teams and departments" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic company where employees and customers are valued"

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    Former Employee - Customer Assistant
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, passionate caring staff

    Cons

    Some unsociable hours but that's to be expected in a caring profession


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Deeply upset former employee"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Cork
    Former Employee - Sales in Cork
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about my job was my work colleagues who were fantastic,loyal,friendly,hardworking.I don't miss the stressed work environment however.

    Cons

    Too much responsibility expected of staff,unrealistic targets,overworked,underpayed,dubious management techniques,no matter what you did it was never enough.Given out to in front of customers made to feel belittled on a daily basis.I left because I nearly had a mental breakdown(all work stress related)

    Advice to Management

    Try treating staff with some respect and decency for starters.Care for colleagues and customers,I felt the only thing boots care for are profits,targets etc..

  3. "Pressured Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training, great network of colleagues when advice needed. Employee discount and yearly bonus also. Opportunities to work in other stores.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on targets with the aim to increase dispensed items and introduce many new services but lack of staff to cope with demand, constant sense of pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess staffing levels, some managers do not seem to realise the impact lack of staff can have on patient safety, places huge pressure on existing staff.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "store manager and supervising pharmacist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time

    Pros

    Secure Job, Work with many different pharmacists, good training, well regulated with SOP's, exposure to different services,

    Cons

    Too many targets. Pharmacists have to book your holidays a year in advance and still may not be guaranteed, head office staff not friendly and a lot of hierarchy in the company, Salary does not reflect the scale of work involved, Managers can be very unprofessional, Pharmacies open until late so long working days, difficult to get time off at short periods, high turn over of staff so constantly training new staff.

    Advice to Management

    Better back up support to allow better allocation of holidays. Stop focusing on targets and let pharmacists do what they do best look after patients, Be more professional, look after your employees,


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Game of Thrones meets Pharmaceutical retail. Psychological warfare and destruction of your self confidence."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you are willing to give up your self respect and dignity you will be favoured by management and given all the training you want.

    Cons

    Management have a very tight selective clique.
    If you cant get into the clique then you will be stuck in the same position/role until you leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Re-do the management course.
    learn how to manage people and not tell tales to other managers,
    stop turning the company into a communist state.


  6. "enlightening"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends

    Pros

    meeting people,new products, discounts

    Cons

    narky people and standing all day


  7. "Alliance Boots"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time

    Pros

    Company Culture
    Occasional annual bonus
    Staff Shop access

    Cons

    Below market average salary
    Lack of benefits

  8. "Pharmacist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities, nice team

    Cons

    Stressful, short staffed, no support


  9. "Career Development"

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    Former Employee - Dispenser in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Dispenser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Alliance Boots has great career progression in place.

    Cons

    inadequate staff level, too much pressure from management to achieve targets

    Advice to Management

    staff should be treated with care and respect to achieve any target either driving or in customer service stanndards.


  10. "No Life as a Beauty Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Beauty Consultant in Chattanooga, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Beauty Consultant in Chattanooga, TN (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love my customers and the loyalty to Walgreen ! I have meet some amazing people at Walgreen and I feel appreciated by them when I can accomplish their needs. I enjoy building lasting relationships and repeat customers.
    I also love the global brands and the thought of some day being known as a beauty store. I am very excited about the changes in the beauty department at Walgreen.

    Cons

    Walgreen isn't ready to be a Boots store like the UK. The customers would never walk into a neighborhood Walgreen thinking about seeing a beauty consultant to service their needs.
    This position doesn't allow you to growth. Your not allowed to do any task to keep your day busy or to your team members. The hours working 5 days in a row

     at 11 am - 7 pm is unrealistic and BORING

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your BC and realize this position isn't built to be a cookie cutter. Every Walgreen and location is different.