Walmart Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
7,837 Reviews

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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  

    Armageddon

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Walmart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay is awesome. It almost holds you there like a slave, because you can't find another job that affords the lifestyle you've come accustomed to

    Cons

    They have these events called walmart days. Where they convince you there this community focused environmental conscious company that cares. They promise this work life balance that never happens. The training for someone coming in co-manager and above is non existent. You have to literally train yourself. Women are treated inferior to men. You get looked over for promotions, you are talked down to like you are a child. The ratio of female store managers to male is 10 to one. Matter of fact in my current market there's only 1 out of 11. They claim you only work up to 50 hours. But that's if you want to be fired. It's almost expected and mandatory you are there for however long it takes to get the job done they won't hire more people to alleviate the work loads. And please forbid your regional is trying to make a budget he or she mandates all position closed until further notice. Which usually happens in August September. Which is catastrophic because holiday season comes up and no one is staffed and hiring holiday help makes it worse because they won't be fully trained by holiday season which in turn creates turnover because they quit. In this day and age the low wages walmart pays won't keep hourly so because so much is required for such little pay. As a manager you will work 16 hour days sometimes more. And if the market manager deems your store below standard then you go on a 6 and 1 day off rotation that is never ending. You are being told it's for the holidays only. But that's clearly false being that inventory day comes the same time every year and you end up working thru with the same inconsiderate overworked schedule. If you have a family just sign your divorce papers and give up custody of your kids. You won't have time for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your management team. Staff your stores correctly. Pay your people accordingly. If you adopt the fortune 100 companies values on work life balance and employee recognition and pay practices maybe the company would not be frowned upon and looked at as the worst company in America to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sucks, don't do it!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Walmart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pay is ok if you make it to upper management, if being the key word.

    Cons

    forget having any kind of life, prepare to be on welfare while working here, don't get comfortable because they will fire you as soon as you start making a decent paycheck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to another retailer in your area if you want to make it anywhere....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Walmart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the other associates were usually good people trapped in a bad situation - they were the true heart of this company

    Cons

    abusive nature of management is not only supported but encouraged by market manager
    horribly dysfunctional in its practices and treatment of associates
    following the processes of going to HR will accomplish absolutely nothing
    they do NOT care for the customer experience
    In an attempt to save money to the bottom line, staff is cut to WAY below the minimum (that is why there are only two cash registers open in these big stores and no customer service out on the floor)
    managers were encouraged to schedule against an associate's availability in order to try to get rid of them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try actually listening to your associates
    being nice is really not that hard, nor will it kill you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not the best place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager (CSM)  in  Landover Hills, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager (CSM) in Landover Hills, MD

    I have been working at Walmart for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good second job because you don't get many hours.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, not enough workers assigned to task, hour cut backs, confusion when it comes to policy as know one follows procedure, customer's threaten safety of staff and rewarded with gift cards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff enough people during what are known to be peak hours in all departments of the store, which you have enough staff to do but you only schedule them for 20 or less hours per week even when they ask for more hours. Don't bully employees when they speak up about this. Have dedicated staff to do returns as there is always an abundance of them, the csm and cashiers should not be fully responsible of put backs. Train managerial staff better as most don't know how to communicate with their subordinates. When employees complain of threats of violence from customers please do not reward the customer by giving gift cards.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Cut-Throat Executive Management - Perpetuate Poverty & Destroy Communities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Walmart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits (don't believe the media lies...you won't find cheaper health insurance anywhere)
    Excellent management training
    Legal structure is complex but very structured. All labor or law violations are handled quickly and by the book.

    Cons

    No care for tenure. Walmart deliberately structures their pay scale to retain 1-7 year employees. You have no value after that.
    Save Money, Live Better...that's a joke. Walmart currently has 18% of the total Food Stamp (Welfare) market share. That means by paying their employees low wages, keeping their hours below full time, giving them an employee discount to buy their business, and then capturing the government subsidies from their employees and customers, WE THE TAX-PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR WALMART'S PROFIT.
    Walmart destroys small businesses by driving prices down, then uses govt money to maintain a monopoly.
    Every community where a Walmart is built becomes depressed and suffers tremendously. Is your community the exception? Give it time...I spent 10 years with the company, was in management, and have set up/remodeled many stores...there is no exception to the rule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise your prices! Compete by providing MORE VALUE, NOT LOWER PRICES! Stop creating poverty marketshare.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hated it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Walmart part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None. I just feel like a number.

    Cons

    Hours sucked
    Always understaffed
    You can never get 40 hours
    They will call you part time and work you 35 hours a week with no benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being worried about makings friends and don't date hourly associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    By far one of the worse companies I've worked for, in regards of taking care of their employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Asset Protection Associate  in  Lebanon, PA
    Current Employee - Asset Protection Associate in Lebanon, PA

    I have been working at Walmart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Honestly the only reason I can think of is the 10% discount you get after three months.

    Cons

    No matter how hard you work you are seldom acknowledged for your efforts. As an Asset Protection Associate it is very hard to do your job when the rest of management contradicts everything you say. Well at my store at least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to learn to take care of your employees. If you take care of THEM they will be more willing to take care of YOU.

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

    Wal-Mart review

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Walmart part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the people there were nice and a few of the managers seemed like good people. Working there was below average at best.

    Cons

    It wasnt a good experience for me, the pay was pretty low and they expect you to be on call to come in or do extra work for pennies. Theres no over time and its almost like a cult with how they throw how great Wal-Mart is on you and their love of the creator.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It sucked managers played favorites and lied to get me fired i wouldnt work there again even if i had the chance.

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Walmart part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    10% employee discount on a majority of iteams throughout the store.

    Cons

    Discount only worked on taxed iteams. Didnt work for marked down iteams either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites and keep it professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier Associate  in  Emporia, KS
    Former Employee - Cashier Associate in Emporia, KS

    I worked at Walmart part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to work around your schedule

    Cons

    MAnagers can't give a crap about here employees, bad pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the store assocaites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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