Walman Optical
3.5 of 5 4 reviews
www.walman.com Minneapolis, MN 500 to 999 Employees

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Optician (Current Employee)

I have been working at Walman Optical

ProsThe hours are the best in the store. The Vision Center is closed on major holidays as a typical doctor's office would be. You are generally not called into the main of the store to help others accomplish tasks because we are dealing with patients who take precedence. No cashiering or cart pushing for example. If you decide to take the test to become a licensed optician and pass, Walmart with reimburse you the amount.

ConsCustomers of Walmart have a tendency to think we do not employ "real" doctors. All of our optometrists go through medical school and have earned the right to place Dr. in front of their names. Others think that because we are able to offer our glasses, contacts, services ect. at such an affordable price that the quality must also be lesser. Not the case.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy only have one complaint about the ability to achieve advancement within the company. I was told by a manager that is easier to train a manager from another department in optical, than it is for an optician to be trained as a manager. It can get frustrating to have to train your boss in basics for a position that you can do with your eyes closed.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Management needs to stop being so greedy and unethical!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Walman Optical full-time

ProsEmployee owned, good people for the most part. Stock options make it worth it.

ConsGREEDY management. Out for themselves! Different rules for different people. Unethical management in some branches.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize good employees when you have them so you don't lose them. QUIT BEING SO GREEDY! The company is successful because of the TEAM, not you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Just an ok place to work, not a place to work at for a long period of time.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Walman Optical

ProsThis company genuinely has great benefits as far as 401k, esop and if you can afford to have the bi-weekly health insurance. They also give out Christmas bonuses, taxed to the fullest amount possible of course.

Cons1. I feel if they could hire Managers with the right type of education and experience, it could thrive and be a great place to work. The level of professionalism with these managers needs help along with a big reminder about employee confidentiality.
2. There is no inside promotions or advancements.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake your jobs seriously and do exactly as your job title expects of you. It wouldn't hurt to take a semester or course at the local college to help you along versus just trial an error.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's a job - Not an adventure - It was fun and exciting for the first 3 months.

Field Sales (Current Employee)

I have been working at Walman Optical

ProsEmployee owned - period! The management seems to be out for them self.

ConsManagement - Does not motivate - uses threats to get the motivation out of employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees make the company. Learn what is important to the employees. Quit tracking us field sales reps like a bounty hunter!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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