With the holidays and Black Friday approaching, Wal-Mart, recognized as the world’s largest retailer, is poised once again to attract millions of eager shoppers across the nation. But as shoppers scour the aisles of Wal-Mart, what’s it like for those who work behind the register, stock the shelves, manage the inventory or handle our photos?
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Many of us either rush around an airport searching for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car desk in an effort to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. But, as you stand at the desk did you ever stop to think about what it’s like to be an employee at the largest car rental company in North America?
Here we offer a look inside the world of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and share one employee’s perspective of what it’s like on the other side of the steering wheel.
If you live within driving distance of a Target store, chances are that you shop there on a regular basis. Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a part of the Target Nation? We’ve got the scoop on what’s it like to hit the bull’s eye and work within the walls of the retail giant. Currently, Target garners a 3.1 (neutral) company rating based on more than 650 employee reviews, and CEO Gregg W. Steinhafel earns a 41% approval rating and 19% disapproval rating.
Thinking about buying an iPod or even a MacBook this year as a gift for that someone special? As you walk into an Apple store this year, we wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to work for the company that has captured the hearts (and wallets) of so many.
As our review of the month, this Apple employee is based out of the headquarter offices in Cupertino, Calif. and provides a comprehensive review with an honest perspective of the work culture at the company today.
The good things about working for Apple emphasized in this review include:
Outstanding opportunity to work with really smart people in your field.
Really interesting work in most areas (very little dull routine).
Financial health of company is excellent. Very good handle on cost management. Benefits are very good.
Really cool leading-edge products and services you can be proud to help develop.
Are job fairs really effective? According to some, yes. In fact, one candidate on Glassdoor highlights how their time was well spent by attending a local job fair in Connecticut. As a featured review of the month, here is how one job seeker went from job fair to interview with Northwestern Mutual in just a few days…
First, it’s important to note that Northwestern Mutual’s hunt for ‘brand talent’ is a good sign considering that the U.S. insurance industry lost 3,400 jobs in October, which is the 12th consecutive month of losses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). On the plus side, BLS also revealed that in terms of average weekly earnings for non-supervisory positions, life insurance employees saw the largest rise in earnings—5.7% to $989.23 (See here for more: Life Insurance Salaries).
For the lucky job fair candidate, his/her Northwestern Mutual’s interview process experience was very positive, from first point of contact through to the interview:
Recruiter followed up with job seeker two days after job fair to coordinate an interview
Goldman Sachs has been in the spotlight as of late, namely due to excessive financial compensation for some of the company’s top brass. Case in point, protesters recently gathered outside the Chicago office to ask the company to donate its entire projected $23 billion bonus pool to prevent every foreclosure in America.
We dug into the company reviews to see how employees are faring, and how they perceive the company. We thought that if anyone was to be offended by the large sums of money given to top executives at the company it would be the employees. We assumed wrong.
In a breakdown of Goldman Sachs’ company rating*, employees report highly of compensation and benefits at the company giving it a 3.9 (satisfied) rating, and also report high marks for the senior leadership. In fact, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein has one of the highest approval ratings among CEOs listed on Glassdoor with an 86% approval rating and 3% disapproval, while the company achieves a 3.8 (satisfied) overall rating.
Goldman Sachs Reviews – Glassdoor Review
Ford Motor has been pushing a lot of glitz and glamour out to the consumer market recently. Just yesterday the company said that they would be providing “The Jay Leno Show” with its all-new battery electric Ford Focus for a season-long contest called the Green Car Challenge, which will involve a series of well-known celebrities. And throughout the past few months we’ve seen Mike Rowe, commonly known for his Dirty Jobs show on the Discovery Channel, helping Ford (through advertising) rise from the ashes as the company powers through one of the toughest times in its existence.
CEO Alan Mulally, who has a 69% approval rating, has been credited with steering the automaker’s turnaround and has won an endorsement for an indefinite tenure from Ford’s chairman and the founding family’s senior representative at the company. But, as Mulally gets hailed for his achievements and Ford marketing is going full bore to reinvent itself in the eyes of consumers, are employees feeling the spark to live up to the ‘Ford challenge’?
A Ford Motor financial analyst from Dearborn, Michigan, winner of the August review of the month, shows that the Ford challenge is actually what may keep employees coming back to work day ...
According to Deloitte analysts, “companies will face a tsunami of defections, just as they are working to rebuild their workforces and take advantage of the recovery. And while a certain amount of voluntary turnover is inevitable, there are steps organizations can start taking now to hold onto their top talent and keep future turnover to a manageable level in the upturn.” This comes from a recent Deloitte press release that takes on the debate of whether an economic upturn will create employee retention issues.
Deloitte Reviews – Glassdoor Review
One recent Deloitte review from a staff auditor in Tampa, FL offers some compelling feedback that we selected as the July review of the month (author will get $500)
Unemployed and considering a job in retail? Perhaps at WalMart? A WalMart interview reviewer, winner of the June Review of the Month, dishes on what it’s like to go through the interview process at this notorious retailer, and gives anyone considering a job at the company an insider’s study guide. Currently, WalMart garners a 2.9 (neutral) company rating and the CEO, Michael T. Duke, receives a 32 percent approval rating and 23 percent disapproval rating.
According to this job candidate, the interview difficulty was about average, but the experience was positive overall. Here are some useful tips to consider if interviewing at WalMart, as well as some of the questions you may get asked if interviewing for a retailer management position:
Insights about interview process:
Interviewed by 3 people; only one person asked questions, but all three took notes.
Each job candidate evaluated using a number score system. The job candidate adds, “don’t know what scoring scale represented and wasn’t able to see clearly what they were writing as I was seated opposite of table”
In total about 5 pages of questions were asked (guestimate is about 10-15 questions)…took about 1 1/2 hours.
Although, the winner of the Glassdoor Review of the Month may not have received an offer from this potential employer, the software engineer job candidate is now $500 richer. The April Review of the Month comes from an Amazon.com job seeker who provides a constructive and behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to interview at this company.
Here’s why this interview reviews gets top marks from Glassdoor.com:
The Amazon job interview review gives a clear picture of what it’s like to walk the halls of Amazon, how long the entire interview process took (7+ weeks) and offers up details on the interview experience.