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Good company to work for

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Walmart

Pros

Raise every year and good benefits

Cons

Cant think of any con's

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Doing a good job

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Fantastic customer/employee culture, but can overwhelm you with work

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Bentonville, AR

    I have been working at Walmart full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at the Walmart Information Systems Division (ISD), AppsDev pillar, you get to work on apps that benefit customers and store associates directly, and contribute directly to savings that hit the bottom line. Very good focus on employee development, and a positive work environment. Managers and co-workers do care about you, even when you're out sick or having problems outside of work. Transfers are permitted to any area of Walmart, even encouraged. Salary is competitive for rural central US, significant bonuses 5K - 15K possible, plus stock. Some in-house training available. The renovation in progress is remaking the 3-floor windowless warehouse ISD buildings into a real office buildings with windows and new office furniture.

    Cons

    The near-freeze on hiring has led to declining headcount, off by 20% + now. Understaffed, adding 2000 contractors that constantly roll off adds its own issues. With so much work, I find myself having to constantly triage the incoming flow of requests. Working extra hours often doesn't help, it can feel like drinking from a fire hose. High performers can be (and have been) overrun and burned out. Health benefit deductibles that start at $6K cause many to treat it as catastrophic protection only, the result of major cuts in 2009-2011 that decimated the plans. No tuition or adoption benefits. Overall, Walmart is a cheap company to work for, very loath to spend money. You buy your own office supplies, reuse everything, so much it's held as a hallmark of company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company treatment of associates is solid. Good leadership is valued. The one sore spot is our health benefits. The current one-size fits all plan designed for store associates and extended into the Home Office is just not competitive at the professional level. Get us a PPO. Want to accrue good talent? You'll need to recruit from both coasts. Top brass: start spending time walking ISD like Sam did, speaking to individual associates on the aisles.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Learned a lot that was very useful in advancing my career but not "Sams" Wal Mart anymore.

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    Former Employee - Financial Planner in Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Financial Planner in Bentonville, AR

    I worked at Walmart full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enormous company with a wealth of information, knowledge, and training available. They offer comparable compensation for employees. If you are willing to give them everything you have 110% you can be successful and grow your career.

    Cons

    They preach work like balance but communicate in unspoken ways that if you have a dead line you must do whatever it takes to hit it. They also talk about being one big family and that they are always there for their employess but many times they will turn their back faster than anyone else when issues arise. They would rather replace you than to put in extra effort to help you succeed.
    Sam said to listen to your people, it's where your best ideas come from. They refer to that a lot but in actuality when you point out things that should be changed you usually hear "this is the direction we are going, if you can't get on board then this may not be the place for you."
    And lastly, as the upper management changes (which is ever year or two) so do the directions as to the future of the business and the focus for the employees. With each trying to put their own "thumb print" on the company it is common for things to swing --as Wal Mart employees describe it -- ditch to ditch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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