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Walmart Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
7,725 Reviews

2.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are opportunities for advancement for those who show initiative (in 68 reviews)

  • Lot of room for advancement up to the salary level, nice schedule for management (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • With new schedule your Work/life balance is very poor with very little weekends off (in 122 reviews)

  • Within the next five years there will only be salary full time positions available (in 304 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Overnight Stocker  in  Mayfield, KY
    Current Employee - Overnight Stocker in Mayfield, KY

    Pros

    I have been with walmart for a few months now, and im loving it there. I work in overnight frozen/dairy, and though it may not pay well, its better pay than my last job. Cant really complain much.
    Friendly management, hard working employees, and stocks are mostly up.

    Cons

    Some dont follow the book when it comes to the rules and safty, inventory is a nightmare, and its almost impossible to move up unless you work so hard your body hits the floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give career opportunities not only to the overly worked, but to those that actually CARE for the company, its future, and its operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Open ended career possibilities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DAR_R_Unloader/Processor  in  Alachua, FL
    Current Employee - DAR_R_Unloader/Processor in Alachua, FL

    Pros

    Big corporate environment with many possibilities to move up with the right education.

    Cons

    Walmart starts employees off at pay that is way too low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start your employees at much higher pay, hire people full time and offer more rapid growth opportunity for those who have the integrity to step up to the plate!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was enlightening.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wal Mart Cashier  in  Shrewsbury, PA
    Current Employee - Wal Mart Cashier in Shrewsbury, PA

    Pros

    Words fail me. It was a unique experience.

    Cons

    There are none. It is a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Educational, Physical and Good Weight Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Overnight Support Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Overnight Support Manager in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    After sitting behind a desk for nearly 20 years, it was very refreshing to do a physical job. There is a lot of walking involved. Some lifting, but lots of movement. I have learned a lot about people, sales and inventory control. It is not as simple as putting products out on the shelves for purchasing customers. Oveall, I enjoy the experience of working at Walmart.

    Cons

    There are days that I wish I had more hours in the day to complete the work needed to do a complete, good job. Sometimes you are rushed and the perfect job, may only be a 90% job. And with any other job, I wish the pay were better. I also wish the training were better. There has been a lot of self-training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people enough time to do the computer based training that you require. It is next to impossible to complete your normal daily tasks, and then try and complete the CBL's during the same task. Also, make sure that the staff has all the tools to complete the task -- inventory labels, pricing labels, printers, Telxon's, , pallet jacks, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    ICS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ICS Associate  in  Gainesville, TX
    Current Employee - ICS Associate in Gainesville, TX

    Pros

    a very job secure place to work at. very pleasant people,some that have been there for 40 years and still going.

    Cons

    really rigid ways of doing things and little room to thing outside the box for better or improved ways of obtaining successful results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should be more appreciative of associate efforts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    "Proficient and well oriented, but needs some improvements."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    Every associate, department manager, assistant manger and other staff member high and low, in every department, all have a mission: to provide every customer and themselves every product at convenient and great value at everyday low prices. Many of the highs there are compensation and benefits, tuition reimbursement if any, and chance of PROMOTIONS. In spite of having their own problems, every one of the associates and management are friendly. They treat you with the utmost respect as long as the respect is given back to them.

    Cons

    I have dealt with messy shelves, items being out of stock in certain areas of the store, and worst, leaky pipes and a leaky roof (the latter during rainy days). I took action of having to put buckets and wet floor signs under every leak, (another associate taped the buckets and placed wet floor signs to each leak after a request from me to avoid a lawsuit from an angry and fearful customer), and having to watch my back so that a particular department manager doesn't slip and fall from a leaky roof in spite of having buckets and wet floor signs blocking half the aisle. These two were considered close calls from having an accident. The culture were considered "the ghetto" from certain customers. It's disappointing to see that every person that works at Walmart deserves to be praised, not ridiculed, and yet they get none of that. I wish everyone would be treated the same instead of being mocked on, no matter the culture the store is in, the ethnicity of the people, and the color of their skin. Yet they get paid for what they do, and at the same time gaining their experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To all upper management and corporate management: As you may or may not know, Walmart had been dealing with a lot of stress and difficulty, especially since the Great Recession. If you all have a heart, please consider giving every associate in every department to receive a better wage, especially to prevent any strikes from happening in this Nation. Recall President Obama's national $10.10 an hour wage increase for EVERY workplace across America. If you can, consider approving a 50% wage increase for every associate, for every manager of all levels, and for every staff member in every department. I had read it in one of the news releases you might had posted online. And also, provide some decent fixes from a leaky roof and pipes and making the stores more friendlier, more environmental and with fewer accident, even slip and falls. And have radios for every associate besides upper management for better communication. Target, one of your main competitors, have their own radios for better communication for their team members. And as for the miscellanous, provide better training for new and existing associates, and more opportunities for their time at their work. If you do all of that, every associates and all the staff in every department, will thank you all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    You get what you put in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager- Walmart  in  Muskegon, MI
    Current Employee - Department Manager- Walmart in Muskegon, MI

    Pros

    This company does have many pro's, despite popular belief that the company is terrible to work for. There are many opportunities for advancement, paid time off after a year including vacation time, sick time, and personal time. One is eligible for benefits after 90 days which can include dental and vision insurance, on top of other coverage for just dollars. One can also start a 401k retirement fund. There are so many locations that in the event of relocation, there is a high chance of transfer. There is also a 10% discount card that can be used at every transaction, and although a lot of food is not eligible, during the holiday months, everything becomes discounted.

    Cons

    There are definitely cons as well. The pay is not stellar by any means. Most people do not receive full time hours which does cause a lot of people to rely on welfare or other assistance programs. I am very lucky because I have a full time first shift schedule. Although the title Dept. Manager indicates some form of supervision, the title really just means that there is more disciplinary action. For example, a dept. manager can have a very clear idea of what they need to do for the day or week, but if corporate sends down directions everything gets pushed aside so daily duties are pushed aside and when they are not done we are still written up, even though we wanted to do what we were supposed to. It is like that basically everyday. Also, the subordinates do not do their assigned duties and are not held accountable and then we dept. managers have to do their jobs on top of ours and get written up if not done. Managers play favorites and oftentimes it does benefit the associate to earn favor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management seems to be completely disconnected from their associates. There needs to be accountability on every shift and awareness of duty shifts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A Good Part-Time College Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Electronics Sales Associate

    Pros

    Walmart is a really great place to work if your looking for a part time college job. The hours are extremely flexible. I been able to cut my hours down to as little as two days a week as the work load for school demanded without issue. There is also a lot of opportunities is terms of positions. If you find yourself unhappy with your current circumstances, it is easy to find another position within the company. The is also the opportunity for promotion if wish to go in that direction. Pay and benefits, at least in my experience, has been adequate for a retail job. It should also be noted that the work environment is a great place to build communication skills. Although I guess it could hold true for any retail job, I have found that through my time working there, my ability to communicate in a professional environment, weather it be working with groups or giving presentations, has vastly improved. I tell people that my the work I do at Walmart has done more for my ability to communicate than any college course ever could.

    Cons

    Where to begin. For starters, it should definitely be noted that this job can, at times, be very stressful, especially around the holiday season. Think about how stressful it is is to be shopping that time of year, then imagine beings stuck there for eight hours, and at the receiving end of customers ire when you don't have that must have gift in stock. Also, although hours are flexible, their not always ideal. Lets say you available four and a half days a week and want to work three. They will honor the time you need to have off, and most likely schedule you the three days, but they might be broken up into partial shifts spanning the four and a half days you have available, and there not consistent which makes it difficult to make plans on the days you work. Additionally, you also have to keep in mind that Walmart is the worlds largest private employer, and with large size comes red-tape and bureaucracy. Sometimes it seems like the simplest of issues can take weeks to address. Management can be hit or miss. I've had bosses in the past that respect me as an individual, see my job a important, and take a genuine interest with my concerns. I've also have had bosses that seems to think of me a nothing more than a warm body, and hardly understand what i do, because they make assumptions rather than taking a genuine interest. Likewise coworkers can very in quality. There are those who take their job seriously and work hard, and there are those who put forth the minimum amount of effort to stay employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Two things, try to remember to have a genuine concern for the day to day work of your associates. You should be aware of and able to address anything I mention. Additionally, if your directly above me you should know how to do anything that I do. You also need to make sure to trust us and respect the jobs that we do. For example, before you pull us to some odd-job for instance, ask us and make sure we don't have anything more important at hand. finally, you need to hold us accountable. You need to reward those who work hard, and discipline those who do not carry their weight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Love to stock

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Overnight Stocker  in  Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Overnight Stocker in Laurel, MD

    Pros

    Easy to move up, great benefits for permanent employees ,great team to work with , great leaders with open door policy, rewarding

    Cons

    Very unorganized, very hard to find things for customers in the stockroom , temp position lasts 6 months,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more cleaner

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful experiences.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager  in  Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Lake Charles, LA

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities in this company. I was fortunate enough that I got to travel around the country and see many different cities. Now I stay in one place and it's very different. It all depends on what you want.

    Cons

    Very demanding. Upper management seems to think that we can do more with less, but let's be honest, is that really the case?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's worry a little less about profits and take care care of the associate. They'll take care of the business for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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