Pharmacy dispenser at Boots

People in this role may also be known as pharmacy assistants or pharmacy advisor.

177 workers in this role at Boots have taken the survey.

How much does Boots pay pharmacy dispensers?

Pharmacy dispenser at Boots
£9.00–10.02
Typical range
£8.62–10.42

Pharmacy dispenser employees at Boots are typically paid £9.00–10.02 an hour, based on data from 177 employees.

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What is management like for pharmacy dispenser employees at Boots?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do pharmacy dispensers think Boots head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    91% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 160 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Good
  • Managers are respectful

    Do pharmacy dispensers at Boots feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    63% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 142 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    In a small store it’s great. a group of friends and customers u get to know. Pay is ok compared to alot of other retail/pharmacy based places.
    Staff discount is good. If your manager is good then the shops runs well. Not a bad place to work at all. Been very happy in this job.

    Worst thing

    Don’t think it’s as nice in the big stores. Where u don’t get to know everyone so well.

    Company discounts and rewards have been reduced over recents years and redundancy’s are happening all over. Lots of red tape that you wouldn’t get in an Independent pharmacy. Not much to complain about though to be honest

    7.6

    Pharmacy dispenser, March 2021

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What are the hours like for pharmacy dispenser employees at Boots?

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  • Not easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for pharmacy dispensers to book a holiday at Boots?

    Most people find it hard to book holidays

    How we know this

    51% of people report it’s hard to book holidays

    Based on information from 152 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do pharmacy dispensers get of their shift pattern at Boots?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 27% report getting one week notice or less
    • 14% report getting two weeks notice
    • 10% report getting three weeks notice
    • 17% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 32% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 162 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Good
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for pharmacy dispensers to take sick leave at Boots?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    52% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 138 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do pharmacy dispensers at Boots get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    57% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 150 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Boots managers change pharmacy dispensers shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    71% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 151 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do pharmacy dispensers at Boots do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    62% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 146 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Excellent
  • People get proper breaks

    Do pharmacy dispensers at Boots get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    83% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 161 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do pharmacy dispensers at Boots worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    94% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 155 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    Hours

    Worst thing

    Not enough time to complete workload

    7.2

    Employee, April 2021

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What is career progression like for pharmacy dispensers at Boots?

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  • No career progression

    Are pharmacy dispensers given support to progress at Boots?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 51% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 146 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

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  • Enough training

    Do pharmacy dispensers get enough training when they start at Boots?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    60% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 165 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

Latest reviews from pharmacy dispensers at Boots

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  • Best thing

    The people who I work with

    Worst thing

    No support in my role

    4.0

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    The pay compared to other pharmacy jobs.

    Worst thing

    The constant pressure to ensure prescriptions are completed, whilst managing healthcare counter at the drop of a hat and other non-healthcare departments through lack of overall staffing or understanding from management.

    3.7

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Pay, location

    Worst thing

    Fast paced, lots of online training, many talks and not enough time, repetative

    3.6

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    It's near where I live

    Worst thing

    Everything else

    2.9

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Good team, reasonable pay

    Worst thing

    Useless IT, over managed, clueless company

    8.1

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Meeting people from different stores

    5.5

    Employee, July 2021

  • Worst thing

    Not enough staff and don't get to do your with having do other tasks

    5.2

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Working as a team and helping to make a difference to customers lives. No two days are the same.

    Worst thing

    The surgery expecting pharmacists to do their job!

    7.6

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Safe employment

    Worst thing

    Stressed out of mind. Can sleep. Feel sick and anxious.

    1.5

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Team mates

    Worst thing

    Sickness, stress, work load

    6.1

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Dinamic job! Sometimes rewarding because of customer satisfaction

    Worst thing

    Stress, pay

    7.0

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The knowledge and helping people.

    Worst thing

    The workload, responsibility and stress of it.

    3.7

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    The team i work with in general we get along. Like being busy

    4.2

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Colleagues
    Different every day
    Pay

    Worst thing

    Stress
    Not enough staff

    6.6

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Team

    Worst thing

    Short staffed and stressed

    5.8

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Work satisfaction.
    Fellow workers.
    Some customers are nice

    Worst thing

    No pay if off sick for less than 3 days. Poor sick pay .
    Abusive and rude customers . Long hours standing.

    5.1

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    To be honest I’m looking to leave as the short time I’ve been there it’s shown me that their mentality is very backwards

    Worst thing

    You cannot trust anyone

    3.3

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Some colleagues are really nice

    3.7

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Helping people and advising people ,great team ,brilliant boss discount ,and some really lovely customers,baby’s and dogs.

    Worst thing

    Being short staffed and over worked!

    8.3

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Customers

    Worst thing

    Area managers or head office not having a realistic vision of your work place and the time or work done

    6.8

    Pharmacy dispenser, March 2021

  • Best thing

    In a small store it’s great. a group of friends and customers u get to know. Pay is ok compared to alot of other retail/pharmacy based places.
    Staff discount is good. If your manager is good then the shops runs well. Not a bad place to work at all. Been very happy in this job.

    Worst thing

    Don’t think it’s as nice in the big stores. Where u don’t get to know everyone so well.

    Company discounts and rewards have been reduced over recents years and redundancy’s are happening all over. Lots of red tape that you wouldn’t get in an Independent pharmacy. Not much to complain about though to be honest

    7.6

    Pharmacy dispenser, March 2021

  • Best thing

    The customers

    Worst thing

    Lack of training

    5.8

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    The team
    Helping customers with their medication and advise on O.t.c products

    Worst thing

    Go to work in the dark come home in the dark
    Nasty people

    8.9

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Helping customers

    Worst thing

    Being verbally abused by unpleasant customers

    4.4

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Patient care, being able to help patients come to solutions for managing their medication/health

    Worst thing

    Pressure from management to hit targets that you are not rewarded for, inheriting broken stores then treated badly for the store not performing well even though it is under focus and you cannot change it overnight

    3.8

    Employee, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Interesting, sociable, always something to do never bored

    Worst thing

    Rude customers

    7.8

    Employee, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Colleagues.

    Worst thing

    No staff. Disregard by head office.

    2.7

    Pharmacy advisor, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Doing something different every day, location

    Worst thing

    Customers that are rude

    6.8

    Pharmacy advisor, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Very busy but extremely worth the hard work needed

    Worst thing

    Low staff levels

    8.1

    Pharmacy advisor, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Everything i love my job

    Worst thing

    Some customers are not nice

    9.5

    Dispencing assistant, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Knowledge, helping people,

    Worst thing

    Stress, staffing levels

    5.5

    Employee, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Interesting and I care for all my customers

    Worst thing

    Stress staffing

    5.8

    Pharmacy advisor, January 2021

  • Best thing

    People I work with

    Worst thing

    Not enough staff

    7.4

    Pharmacy dispenser, January 2021

  • Best thing

    Helping patients
    Making singles old people smile

    Worst thing

    Uncaring employees
    Everything is about targets
    Not customer/patient focused anymore

    4.7

    Pharmacy dispenser, January 2021

  • Best thing

    Customers, colleagues

    Worst thing

    Not enough staff

    1.0

    Pharmacy advisor, January 2021

  • Best thing

    My work colleagues and some of our customers

    Worst thing

    Doing needle exchange,rude customers n doing more than others

    4.5

    Pharmacy dispenser, January 2021

  • Best thing

    very rewarding

    Worst thing

    can be very full on but okay if you plan the day

    9.3

    Pharmacy advisor, January 2021

  • Best thing

    Good team and close to home

    Worst thing

    Management are rude and unprofessional

    4.6

    Pharmacy dispenser, December 2020

  • Best thing

    I love the job, just the in between stuff

    Worst thing

    Managers always expect more and more

    6.5

    Employee, November 2020

  • Best thing

    The people I work with, it’s interesting

    Worst thing

    Rude customers

    8.8

    Pharmacy advisor, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Colleagues

    Worst thing

    Pressure, lack of staff

    4.7

    Pharmacy Dispenser, November 2020

  • Best thing

    You get to make a difference to people’s lives and help people .

    Worst thing

    Not much support and it’s quite hectic with box changes.

    4.2

    Pharmacy advisor, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Helping people

    Worst thing

    Not having time to get everything done

    8.3

    Pharmacy advisor, October 2020

  • Best thing

    Working with colleges and patients

    Worst thing

    Too many targets and figures less staff

    8.4

    Pharmacy dispenser, October 2020

  • Best thing

    Colleagues and pay

    Worst thing

    Angry customers

    8.9

    Dispenser, September 2020

  • Best thing

    Good team reasonably good pay

    Worst thing

    customers working weekends

    8.0

    Pharmacy assistant, August 2020

  • Best thing

    The people and I like caring and helping the elderly

    Worst thing

    Management t not being professional it's like being at school squabbles

    5.0

    Dispenser, August 2020

  • Best thing

    Patients

    Worst thing

    Everything else - boots as a whole

    3.3

    Dispenser, July 2020

  • Best thing

    Staff discount

    Worst thing

    Stress and lack of staff

    7.0

    Dispenser, September 2019

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How Boots ranks

Boots ranks joint 7th to work for in pharmacy assistant employers

  1. 6 The Independent Pharmacy
    5.8
  2. 7= Boots
    5.7
  3. 7= NHS England
    5.7