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Alliance Boots Reviews

Updated 15 Aug 2019

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2.6
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Alliance Boots CEO Stefano Pessina
Stefano Pessina
100 Ratings
Pros
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  • "The pharmacy dispenser wage is so low you need a second income but you are too exhausted at the end of the day to do anything else(in 13 reviews)

  • "Managers are unskilled non-pharmacists with minimal knowledge of law or ethics in pharmacy(in 11 reviews)

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

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    Former Employee - Customer Assistant 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, passionate caring staff

    Cons

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

    Alliance Boots2014-02-24
  2. "Fair but expect to work hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time

    Pros

    Fair, well structured, hard work is recognised

    Cons

    Hours can be long at busy times

    Alliance Boots2019-08-15
  3. "Ops"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get benefits like discount card

    Cons

    No equal opportunities /work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Always stand by your words and give equality and work/life balance

    Alliance Boots2019-06-27
  4. "Dodgy Corporate Culture"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good Salary Not much else Discount Good secure city centre location

    Cons

    Contradictions between written and verbal communications. Pressure to hit sometimes arbitrary targets bordering on bullying.

    Alliance Boots2019-05-22
  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    No pros at all even their discount is cheap students get the same

    Cons

    Terrible place to work in no staff & negative area manager with unrealistic demands

    Advice to Management

    Lift the ban on taking staff on & realize your managers are over worked & very stressed

    Alliance Boots2019-04-25
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Deeply upset former employee"

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

    I worked at Alliance Boots for 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..

    Alliance Boots2017-01-21
  7. "Pressured Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots

    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.

    Alliance Boots2016-05-11
  8. Helpful (4)

    "store manager and supervising pharmacist"

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    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,

    Alliance Boots2015-04-19
  9. Helpful (4)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Alliance Boots

    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.

    Alliance Boots2015-03-08
  10. "enlightening"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends

    I have been working at Alliance Boots

    Pros

    meeting people,new products, discounts

    Cons

    narky people and standing all day

    Alliance Boots2011-02-03
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