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    Current Employee - IMS Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - IMS Associate in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Walmart

    Pros

    The 401K plan is pretty good.

    Pay is higher than minimum wage for IMS Associates, though it is still not nearly high enough.

    Cons

    They don't let anyone (that I'm aware of) get 40 hours or more, which results not only in less potential income but also in a lack of health benefits.

    One must wait 90 days to receive a discount card, and while the Subway there always offers employees a discount on food, there is no other sort of discount offered even for food at the outset. This means packing a lunch is the most affordable thing.

    Low pay, even with some stores going up to $10/h by 2015. This may be barely adequate in some states, but where I live I can barely pay the rent, internet, and buy some food and toiletries each month but that is all. That's when working as many hours as possible; I cannot afford a phone or a car or to save.

    The work isn't the hardest, but it requires constant movement and being on one's feet while constantly lifting boxes of varying weights which I can't imagine being good for the back in the long term. The ideal thing would be to lift with the legs (rather than the back) from a squatting position with heavier items (and probably in general), yet this is impossible when the boxes come fast at around waist level on the "line" when unloading onto pallets or when unloading from inside the truck onto the line. Energetically, it is pretty demanding and this takes a toll when one is already tired or when a store is understaffed.

    Two-truck nights are a nightmare. Sometimes there are two trucks to unload regardless of how many employees are present and there can be as many as 2700 pieces to unload. I genuinely feel that Walmart associates should receive a bonus or higher wages on these days, because the physical work itself is far more demanding and often the managers have unrealistic expectations about how fast these trucks should be unloaded. At the very least, retail reps on the floor ought to be expected to pull the pallets out to the floor on these days in order to assist with the immense workload.

    A few supervisors are overbearing and even inappropriate with some of the remarks they make towards associates in my experience. After only a month with the company or so and in that particular position, I noticed that on some days there is no supervisor watching the IMS associates yet the exact same work gets done just as efficiently, as the employees (most of whom have months of experience) know exactly what to do. Yet when a supervisor is present the entire time it can be more stressful and less efficient due to a poor and ineffective managerial style. As an example, one particularly vexing supervisor that I worked with had a tendency to literally push the boxes down the line as much as possible, and to yell "push the line!" quite often. Boxes would get pushed past your station or into your hand as you reach for boxes you need. Over time this becomes a constant source of frustration, but most employees don't say anything directly to the supervisor doing this, who erroneously believes him or herself to be doing the right thing.

    Too few employees too often: I touched on this already, but often times there are issues with the back area being severely understaffed.

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    Compensate your employees better, they work very hard. Even if one only does the bare minimum to stay afloat, it is hard work and due to the physical nature of the job of an unloader it is literally the embodiment of "back-breaking labor." With the cost of living rising, it is absurd that most IMS associates receive only around $8 - $9/h. The Walmart in South Carolina pays their employees an impressive $17/h to start due to competition with oil jobs. Can not all Walmart stores afford to pay their employees a decent wage and still profit?

    Why isn't there at least a considerable discount for food for employees? Working long hours, one must at the very minimum buy food for lunch. If one were to buy food at the store from the aisles, or from the Deli or one of the restaurants itself on a daily basis, it'd quickly become a considerable expense.

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