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Wal-Mart is immense and diverse, and everyone has a place within its structure; know your management.

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Former Employee - Tax Accountant in Bentonville, AR
Former Employee - Tax Accountant in Bentonville, AR

I worked at Walmart

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Wal-Mart provides an excellent array and opportunity for almost everyone; especially those just beginning from college, and definitely any High School graduates who chose to stop their institutional education at that level. Hourly employees receive cash bonuses based on merit up to 3.2% of the amount earned in a year; while Salaried positions receive annually 20% bonuses and can be higher as they advance. Many of the associates work in close quarters, which can be a benefit in the form of learning relationships for team members, opportunity to grow through mentor/mentee relationships, and open-door policies relating to fair & equal treatment.

Cons

As with many large-scale corporate environments, some individuals within management can be incompetent, biased, simply not the type of person that you work well with. My advice is to interview your senior management as much as they interview you. Be aware of those around you and possible negative interactions.

Advice to Management

Be more active with the direct reports and their "career pathing" and opportunities within the company. Help associates achieve their goals and those of the departments. Prepare associates for success in other areas within the company. Speak highly of capable individuals and "promote" them to everyone in the company. Be proactive to stop "bad habits" early. Always be honest with your associates and coach them to grow with Wal-Mart. Recognize individuals who excel and strive for excellence.

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    How Wal-Mart breeds discrimination and mistrust.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in CresTownshipood, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in CresTownshipood, IL

    I have been working at Walmart

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It saved on gas, neighborhood store.

    Cons

    Untrained Asst. Mgrs. their given a CBL class and a badge that gives them the right to be ignorant tyrants. Store Manger who is disrespectful to most employees, a very unprofessional and untrained store manager.

    Advice to Management

    Wal-Mart should spend some money on proper training for their managers. And for those that don't know that a Title doesn't give them the right to be unaware of the environment that they created, and that most employees will respect a manager who is respectful and that can break a sweat and be a Team player and a leader. It's too bad, but I firmly believe that supervisors in the store are more professional and take more pride in their work, even though they are treated like slaves, Wal-Mart breeds discrimination among its minorities. Mgmt is afraid to treat all employees equally and fairly, be it sign-on amount, and promotions, and laziness they beat on those who are the hardest workers and let everyone else slide for fear of law suits. If you want to know how its feels to be discriminated against work at Wal-Mart. Unfortunately a Union might be good, but Wal-Mart knows how to not make that happen, just watch the documentary on Wal-mart, everything in that movie was true. And how does Wal-Mart get away with this for so long.

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    Current Employee - CSM in Griffin, GA
    Current Employee - CSM in Griffin, GA

    I have been working at Walmart

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wal-Mart is huge. Because of that there is a large pool of co-workers to befriend.

    Cons

    This place isn't bad once you've worked there for 15+ years. Of course before that you can go ahead an expect a management style that will be more than willing to explain that they don't need you. Don't expect job security and definitely don't expect the management to ever lay off. It would also be wise to not expect any kind of competitive benefits although they're more than happy to help you get government assistance to make up for their lack of competitive pay and health insurance. Also, it would be best to not consider wal-mart if you're still in school or predict needing time off. As I was personally told they can easily find an employ to replace me who doesn't have a school schedule for them to work around. If you need a quick job for a couple of months then you may want to consider it but otherwise you could probably do better elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that employees are people, people with lives, and families, and wants and desires. By letting your employees know that you don't need them you take away most of their motivation for doing anything other than the bare minimum. You're company isn't faring well in the public's eye right now and the hoards of employees complaining to their friends and families are not going to help that. Maybe if you would offer competitive pay and benefits your employees would be more apt to do more than the minimum and they wouldn't mind the constant barrage from the upper management.

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