Does Walgreens Hire Felons?

Looking for a job after your release? Not an easy thing to accomplish, but if you have experience in a retail store you might consider applying for work at Walgreens.

Will Walgreens give you a shot?

We’ll answer that question here.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:

  • About Walgreens
  • Hiring Process
  • Background Check?
  • An Opportunity for Felons?
  • Does the Type of Felony Matter?
  • Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
  • Steps to Take

About Walgreens

Walgreens was founded in 1901 by Charles Walgreen as a small pharmacy in Dixon, Illinois. The founder began with the concept of delivering prescriptions quickly to its customers. 

After enjoying this success, Walgreens started adding other services and goods. In spite of this, the company remained with a primary focus on operating a successful pharmacy.

Walgreens carries health, beauty, and daily living supplies in addition to the pharmacy. Growing steadily over the years, there are currently more than 8,000 stores throughout the U.S. 

Hiring Process

You must be at least 18 years old to work at Walgreens.

If you want to apply for a position at Walgreens, you will begin online by creating an account. Basic information including your name, address, and phone number will be required. The application will also ask about your employment history and references. 

There will also be an online evaluation involving a personality assessment and a test of your basic math ability. When you go for an interview, there will be an assessment looking at your skills for the positions offered at Walgreens.

While there are a number of jobs at Walgreens, the majority will be for entry-level opportunities. These will primarily include service clerks, stockers, and distribution center workers.

Background Check?

Yes, Walgreens does conduct a background check. They run a background check to protect the company, its employees, and its customers.

In the interview, Walgreens will request permission to perform a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug test if you are being considered for a job offer.

Walgreens will look for any felony conviction in the past seven years and will not deny your application because of a felony. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

There are a number of important factors that Walgreens will consider, including: 

  • Length of time since completing your sentence
  • Type of felony conviction
  • Whether it was a violent or nonviolent felony
  • Hiring manager’s personal views and opinions
  • Presenting yourself and explaining the past
  • Being honest about any felony conviction

All questions on the application regarding criminal history must be answered truthfully. A routine background check at Walgreens takes approximately one week.

An Opportunity for Felons?

Yes, Walgreens has a history of hiring felons. They want to help give those who have had life struggles get another opportunity in society.

It’s part of the company’s goal to be of help to those in need. That is still not to say that they will hire all felons. In evaluating the results of the background check, Walgreens will look for discrepancies between the report and your responses on the application. 

They want to make certain that you are accurate in what you reveal about yourself. They also evaluate the nature of any criminal offenses discovered by the report.

So, this is an opportunity to get a fresh start if you are open about your history and present yourself honestly in a positive light.

Does the Type of Felony Matter?

Yes, it will make a difference as to the nature of the felony whether or not Walgreens may be willing to give you a chance.

Walgreens will not hire anyone with a violent or sexual offense. This is because of the belief that crimes against persons are among the most serious of all. These show a complete disregard for other people, their lives, and their well-being. They typically don’t employ individuals with a conviction of theft or forgery. These crimes violate the trust of the company, if they can’t believe that you can be trusted to handle money or even to be around finances.

Other than these types of felonies, Walgreens is typically willing to give felons an opportunity.

Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?

Of course you can run a background check on yourself. In fact, we recommend doing exactly that.

Doing a background check on yourself before you apply at Walgreens will let you know exactly what the company will find when they do their review. 

If you have any questions, you can contact an attorney. Take action and don’t risk a chance on the results. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. After all, this is your future at stake. So why wouldn’t you want to know what would come up in a background check?

The more you know the better prepared you will be to answer any questions that could come up in an interview. It could also make a difference if you have a current resume to show your work history and skills.

This also means being honest with Walgreens about your past and your criminal record. If you aren’t open and honest, this would constitute fraud, which is a punishable offense that could land you back in prison.

If you are eligible, you could have your record expunged. That would enable you to honestly state on an application that you don’t have any convictions on your record.

Steps to Take

You have a good idea of your chances to be hired by Walgreens. They are willing to help you in your efforts to reenter society.

If you are open about your past and don’t have a serious violent or sexual offense, you could succeed here.

Take advantage of the opportunity and don’t let your past bring you down. Only you can decide how important getting a job is. No, it isn’t easy. But don’t get discouraged. Let a company like Walgreens assist you.

While you give it your best shot, it still may not work out. You could fail the background check and not be hired. If so, it isn’t the end of the world. There are other employers and jobs available.

You don’t have to be defined by your mistakes. Let your response to your mistakes define you, and control what you can in your future.

Live a new, honest lifestyle with your family and friends helping you.

So what do you think about this blog post about whether or not Walgreens hires felons? Have you or someone you know tried to get a job at Walgreens? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.


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