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massive company
Supervisor/Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) –  Burton-On-Trent15 December 2017
i would start my day making sure everyone was happy with what they were doing, giving them more training if they needed it. listening out for the tannoy system in case of first aid call out. i sometimes drove i reach truck, sometimes i was in the dispatch office making sure all the trucks had everything on them the needed before giving them the dispatch note. i learnt how to drive a reach and lift truck, gained my first aid certificate and became fire marshall. there were people from all over the world who worked there. the hardest part of the job was saying goodbye to staff after Christmas period. the most enjoyable part was meeting such a variety of people. the management mainly cared about figures and not so much about loyal staff
Pros
meeting great people
Cons
could be very long hours
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The company that doesn’t care
Operative (Former Employee) –  DSP14 December 2017
Worst place I’ve worked at, management have little to no people skills and they do not like it when you speak your mind! All they want are yes men/women that they can manipulate easily. I would not recommend Boots as a career! Your shifts change without warning and have no work/life balance!
Managers show too much favouritism to certain staff in that they get whatever they want!
Pros
Discount card
Cons
Shift work, lack of people skills in management, too much favouritism!
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Good experience in community pharmacy
Student Placement (Former Employee) –  Manchester, Greater Manchester13 December 2017
A wonderful experience to interact with patients and visitors. An extremely educative and benefiting placement experience to understand community pharmacy setting.

A busy pharmacy visited by patients with different needs making you understand and learn how to multi task and perform responsibilities more carefully and accurately.

It was great working with the team who helps and supports each other.
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Was a great place to work !!
Assistant (Former Employee) –  Avon13 December 2017
Since the Americans bought out this traditional British Chemist it's gone downhill - no more perks or benefits just lousy discount rates.
Manager's are too young to have life experience and the culture is for them to do as little as possible.

Staff numbers cut to the quick this year and it's not looking any better next year. Expect closures

They bought it out and rinsed it dry, will probably sell it on soon so a new yacht can be bought ....

Cut your losses queuing and go to Superdrug !
Pros
Lack of manager's watching you
Cons
No benefits unless you kiss ***
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Nice work
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) –  Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire12 December 2017
Boots was nice but I looking for a permanent job. Because boots is not permanent job . Sometimes is veerry busy and is to many people at work..... .
Cons
8 hours
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Poorly managed
Diary management (Former Employee) –  Llandudno, Conwy12 December 2017
A lot is expected of you for little pay. Poorly managed and no room for advancement. Treated as a number and not an individual.
Your break times are constantly monitored and there's pressure to meet your targets meaning you have to rush . They're not bothered about Customer Service just how much money they can make.
Pros
Work around family commitments
Cons
Poor pay. No promotion prospects. Understaffed.
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Was ok not brilliant
Christmas Sales Assistant (Former Employee) –  Walsall, West Midlands11 December 2017
Started as Christmas temp in October,finishing on Xmas day, all Xmas temps BULLIED and spoken to like dirt. Also nobody answers phones when you have to ring in because of adverse weather or illness then get told off the next day. Plus NO name badge and no training given. Be careful before you take a job here. Very ‘cliquey’ too
Pros
Good salary
Cons
Everything else
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Awful company to work for
PDC driver (Former Employee) –  Kent11 December 2017
Terrible communication from management. Not given enough time to get work done, made to work extra without being asked Or extra pay. You don't know what your working one day to the next, receiving texts at ridiculous times saying if your in or not the night before. Numerous members of staff are unhappy and treated poorly. Staff put in requests regarding changes to help get the work done on time and they are ignored. Promises of more hours and better contracts are false. Told there not more hours for existing staff, yet always employing more staff. Avoid
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busy but friendly place
WAREHOUSE OPERATIVE (Former Employee) –  Nottingham, Nottinghamshire10 December 2017
warehouse work worked in a cr picking system using trucks in the warehouse to order pick and make sure orders are met and general house cleaning duties of warehouse
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Very nice atmosphere among Christmas staff.
Temporary Customer Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chesterfield9 December 2017
Use Christmas staff with promises of being set on afterwards and not setting them on. Will try and get Christmas staff to do all hours that regular staff aren't wanting to do. Keep very old staff on permanently and give no scope for new starters.
Pros
Good staff discounts
Cons
Not enough break times.
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Worst employers!!!!!!
Pharmacy Dispenser (Current Employee) –  Manningtree, Essex8 December 2017
Our store was so understaffed and disorganised. we couldn’t cope with the amount of prescriptions coming in yet our appalling managers would say we were over budget on staff!! What a joke!! And the targets are so unachievable yet they are on you like vultures trying to squeeze every penny they can out of the nhs!! They don’t care about their staff or customers just pound signs! I would warn you all DONT WORK FOR BOOTS they will work you into the ground.
Pros
None
Cons
Unrealistic targets, awful management.
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Productive place
Customer Service Assistant (Former Employee) –  Manchester7 December 2017
Working with Boots showed me how important customer service is in a company. Worked with great people who were able to train and advice me during busy hours.
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Think very carefully
Dispenser (Former Employee) –  Louth, Lincolnshire7 December 2017
Good staff discount and ok uniform BUT not a very nice place to work. Inadequately staffed, bullying is rife and ignored by weak management. No incentive to work hard ... bonus only for top staff. Whole building is filthy and untidy and in some places dangerous. If you can put up with all that, the pay is very slightly above average, but certainly not enough considering the training you have to do, and the responsibility you will have. The company does not care about the staff, hence the high turnover.
Pros
Staff discount
Cons
Understaffing. Inadequate management. Pay
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Productive and enjoyable
Retail Customer Assistant (Former Employee) –  Barnsley7 December 2017
A typical day of working here was relaxing and fun. I enjoyed sorting out all the stock in the back of the shop. I learned how to help a few customers, clean up the store and make sure it's clean and tidy. The management was great too. The workplace culture was a place you could see lot's of people having a good look around to see what they were interested in. The hardest part of the job was I guess filling out the information booklets. The most enjoyable part of the job was just helping out really in my opinion.
Pros
Fantastic staff
Cons
Long hours
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Fun work place
Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oxford, Oxfordshire6 December 2017
Working here was fun. However, being on your feet for the full day was tiring.In addition, there were days that were really disorganised and we were not sure who was working
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Employees treated like dirt
Sales Assistant (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London5 December 2017
Great money for part time job

Terrible company
Awful management
Put customers ahead of staff
Will treat staff like dirt just to keep customers happy
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Long hours, terrible managers, awful treatment of staff
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Very stressful and management does not care
Nope (Former Employee) –  Northern Ireland5 December 2017
Boots is extremely unstaffed and management does not care. Very stressful work environment with no help from either co-workers or management. There has been countless times I have came home in years and now ended up on medication due to the stress levels in the work environment. With extremely long waiting times for a prescription you’ll will have to deal with complaints from upset customers and management that does not even acknowledge the problems but will turn the blame back on you, with countless times I’ve broken down on the counter due to getting no help to serve customers or help deal with complaints. Targets they set are ridiculous and cannot be met due to being extremely unstaffed. Furthermore when you are a new person in the store it is very hard to fit as boots stores are very cliquey.
In short unless you like being treated like dirt in a very stressful work environment getting no help whatsoever this job is for you.
Pros
The money is alright
Cons
Management is poor, unstaffed, extreme stress and impossible targets.
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Terrible place
Packer/Picker (Former Employee) –  Beeston, Nottinghamshire4 December 2017
Sweatshop horrible place to work, management don't care all Eastern European and there treated terrible the people who buy products from boots would be horrified by how they were treated. Hopefully someone will secretly film how staff are treated and bring this up to current date instead of victorian times. Do not work there!!!!!!!
Pros
The day I left
Cons
Everything
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All ways on your back to work hard and want more from you
Shop Assistant (Former Employee) –  Plymouth4 December 2017
Want you to do more hours than you can staff you work with can put a load on you to do y thay do nothing so it can be hard on your feet allday so wear flat shoes
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Need to know the politics
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) –  London3 December 2017
Boots used to be a company where they cared about colleagues, now they are greedy and hungry for every penny they can get. No work life balance at all. The senior management make you work extremely hard, it's impossible to not think/worry about work when you leave the place. The phone keeps going off. They expect you to be there all the time. There is no appreciation for any extra work you do.
Pros
Pay is good for customer assistants, wouldn't recommend management unless you have a filthy politics mind
Cons
make you work like dogs and no appreciation
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