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Very low pay

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Certfied Pharmacy Technician
Former Employee - Certfied Pharmacy Technician

Pros

Friendly co-workers
"We are in it together" kind of atmosphere
Overall, an interesting experience

Cons

Pay is low. It goes up in ridiculous increments of 20-25 cents (in 2005). So earning an increase of 50 cents seemed like a big deal. It felt miserable.

Lots of brainwashing. To make up for low salaries, management tries to make employees feel proud of what they do.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Raising salaries would raise prices, and WM would lose its competitive edge. I think, from a non-employee point of view, management is doing the right thing trying to compensate employees with non-monetary benefits. As a former employee, I can say that a performance raise of 25 cents is insulting.

No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Walmart is a secure job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager

    Pros

    Walmart gives you many opportunities for one to climb up the ladder in the company . Their selecation process is pretty fair .

    Cons

    Now Walmart has a whole new schedualing system called the tmat. It works with ithe computer sloting in employees into shifts that are open and it makes your scheduale all over the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managment at Walmart is pretty understanding the only problem that needs to be resolved is the communication part. The way they communicate is defenitly not the most efficient way.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Try not to make a career out of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    Pros

    Entertaining and often exciting environment. You will see EVERYTHING at some point. Anything and everything from purse-snatching to a shooting to extremely bizarre customers. I consider this a perk.

    Opportunity to meet a large cross-section of society, and learn to be patient and polite to people from every diverse background possible.

    Through experience, one can learn a lot about customer service and a little about sales if one chooses.

    Many rewarding exchanges with customers if you treat them right.

    Management is generally good at giving you your requested days off, provided that you request them at least a month in advance.

    Many fun, interesting, and friendly co-workers, depending on your store and department.

    If you don't put a target on your back with management, or steal of cuss out a customer, it is very difficult to get fired. Go to work, take the abuse, come home, and you will be able to continue collecting your meager paycheck.

    Cons

    This is a RETAIL job. It has all the normal downsides of retail, with working for Wal-Mart added on top.

    Bad hours, numerous rude and ignorant customers, inept management, and VERY BAD pay for the amount of work many associates do. I understand it may be consistent with the industry standard, but that's indicative of an industry-wide problem with no easy solution.

    Extreme playing of favorites by management, with an impact on your ability to move up. Also, to move up, you must be willing to give yourself over body and soul to the company, having "open availability" which, at Wal-Mart of course, means 24 hours a day, 364 days a year (and soon Christmas too I bet).

    Policies will change on a daily basis, and you WILL work WHEREVER and do WHATEVER management asks you to in your given store.

    The Bottom Line: Wal-Mart is a good workplace for retirees trying to stay busy, students working through school (you'll get a good dose of humility), those with no ambition or desire to be treated humanely, and, tragically, all those single mothers and others trapped in poverty who do their past mistakes, choices, birth, etc., now have no better alternative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like they are more than dogs.
    Change the work environment from one motivated by fear to one motivated by mutual respect and pride in the work we all do.
    Provide better compensation, commensurate to the work wal-mart's employees do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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