Walmart Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • There are opportunities for advancement for those who show initiative (in 76 reviews)

  • The work/life balance with the company is very flexible (in 75 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance with day shift schedule (in 183 reviews)

  • I was not able to support myself with near full time hours at the base pay (in 374 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (18)

    Room for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Optometry in Weston, FL
    Current Employee - Optometry in Weston, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Been here for 2 years, started in the frozen/dairy department and now work as a certified optician. Moving up, flexible hours, good pay is great for a part time job while I work toward my college degrees to move up even further at Wal-Mart.

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets very busy, but if you can manage your time and multi-task you will thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like a team, show them you are willing to work with and listen to them, not dictate, lead by example.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Wal-Mart is an oft overlooked corporate entity that presents many career opportunities and is steadily growing!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - Programmer in Bentonville, AR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wal-Mart allows for vertical as well as horizontal employment advancement. You have the opportunity to try many different disciplines within the company, each with promotion opportunities, and promotions often come quickly for enterprising individuals. Corporate sponsors many learning opportunities for individuals not possessing a degree to have the same opportunities as their peers to apply for a position in another section of the business, be it technical, business, communications, merchandising, etc.

    Cons

    There is a lot of negative press concerning the company, being one of the largest retailers (10K+ retail units globally) and employers (almost 2 million employees globally) in the world. It is not always easy to acknowledge your employment at the corporate level to others without being forced to defend unfair assessments of the company's actions or inactions. There is also some disconnect between the associate in the filed (at stores and distribution centers) and the corporate headquarters hat is being remedied but still exists, in terms of new processes and practices not being communicated with a true understanding of the audience that will be required to execute them.

    Advice to Management

    Know your associates. Be mindful of the requirements of their jobs so that you can better serve them. Deadlines made without understanding what goes into getting the job done is a bad practice that some get caught up in easily. Don't assume your understanding of a project will be the same as the one's actually implementing the design/product. Continue to care for the welfare of each associate and their families, as it goes a long way to secure loyalty.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in Bentonville, AR
    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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  5. At least it's a job

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you live in an area with few job opportunities it is one of the best choices because it doesn't require you to get dirty and you are allowed lunch breaks. Most jobs in areas with few choices do not allow you enough time to eat and you will find yourself slowing down because of the lack of energy. Walmart requires you to take your lunch break before the six hour mark in your shift. You aren't required to work with dirty materials such as grease, food products, or chemicals. All precautions are taken so that you do not ruin your work attire.

    Cons

    Sometimes you are unable to get your work done because you will be called to the front to run a cash register. If you have a lot of tasks to accomplish this causes problems. And sometimes you have to work more than one area at the same time. There are often times when you will be working as hard as you can but unable to complete tasks due to being shifted to another task. For example if you are trying to put up the freight that has arrived you might be called to the front to run a cash register. This takes time away from you duties as a employee.

    Advice to Management

    It is required that you have more employees so that all employees can complete their tasks. Profits are nice and everything but whatever happened to building a business that would satisfy your employees and customers?


  6. Helpful (1)

    Walmart management sucks,........workers are great

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unloader in Show Low, AZ
    Former Employee - Unloader in Show Low, AZ
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The other workers are everyday people who work hard and are not thanked enough for it.

    Cons

    Upper management are dumber than a door nail, they are not willing to help out when needed and dont communicate with others. They think they are better than others and need to just treat us all equally

    Advice to Management

    get your head out your butt and do some real work. That means you need to stop acting like you are so much better and remember how it was when you where one of us.


  7. Falling Prices... Failing Employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Springville, UT
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Springville, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wal-Mart was a fun environmet to work in, the management was usually understanding when you have family issues come up. The scheduling was pretty flexible. Cross Training was always available. The people that work there are great, almost like a family. Also the 10% discount helps with the grocery bills.

    Cons

    Management has their favorites and keeps them under their wing. The Management really does not like it when the "sales associates" tell them how they could change things so that they work better. penalized people for reporting harassment by other employees. Almost all of the departments are understaffed, people getting pulled off the floor to collect carts... then nobody on the floor to help customers.

    Advice to Management

    don't just preach the Open Door policy, actually use it. Listen to all employees, you never know where a great idea might come from.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A great workplace on the outside but don't look under the hood.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay and bonus potential. Busy environment, fast-paced. Always changing.

    Cons

    Lacking in communication with all levels and providing feedback. Too much opportunity for conflict among ranks and favoritism. Sometimes a very negative work environment. I saw too many double standards where the excessively numurous policies became tools to carry out personal agendas.

    Advice to Management

    Ideals, goals and standards are very good throughout the field but stop short at the store level. These wonderful ideas sometimes just don't exist in the store. Need to find a better way to measure and enforce at this level. The "grassroots" is not working.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Wal-Mart: The Low Price, Low Wage Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They offer employees a 10% discount on merchandise and allow employee health plan subscribers to purchase subscriptions for $5. There is also a modest profit sharing plan and a bonus based on 'shrink' numbers (that is how the real inventory of the store compares with what should be there).

    Cons

    The pay is low across all functional areas, although the sales floor and checkouts are the worst. Store managers receive a bonus based on store performance (profitability), but hourly 'associates' do not. Most assistant managers are ambivalent because of their own low pay and long hours, thus are not very good at motivating others.

    Advice to Management

    Smile, laugh with, and treat the people who work in your stores like EQUALS, not peons.


  10. Great company to work, competitive wages, with a huge job selection to choose from

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - INSTOCK in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - INSTOCK in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wal-Mart has competitive pay for this field of work and advancement is easy as long as you are willing to work for it. i also enjoy having a choice in where i want to work in the store.

    Cons

    management can be a real pain, but it is really store Dependant. sometimes it feels like they are working against employees, where as other times they will fight right along side you. at my store, they tend to shave 3-4 hours off(weekly) in the months approaching inventory. If you live in the Washington state, about all your employee discount will cover is sales tax.

    Advice to Management

    be more upfront with your employees. if you are going to cut hours, come forth and say why.


  11. WalMart review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Massena, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier in Massena, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Convenience, many locations, job opportunities, huge workforce

    Cons

    Minimal wages, annoying customers, repetitive working conditions

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any feedback for management, the company seems to be working fine.



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