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Walmart Business Manager Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • friendly good pay big ompany good benefits if you work hard you will do fine (in 1000 reviews)

  • Wonderful company for work/life balance (in 231 reviews)

Cons
  • Teams run very lean which leads to a poor work life balance (in 627 reviews)

  • If you want full time you need to be gradfathered in or be a manager (in 1008 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Do Better..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Specialist- Business Support Project Manager in Benton, AR
    Former Employee - Order Specialist- Business Support Project Manager in Benton, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Walmart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a fortune 1 company and opens doors if you do well at your job and network
    Shareholders week is amazing and helps boost moral
    Discount card, gym membership, and associate store are decent perks

    Cons

    -No recognition for your work or effort, if you pick up extra work or take on someone else's responsibilities it will generally go un-noticed.
    -Management is out to save themselves not take care of direct reports because of all the organization changes.
    -No feeling of job stability or job satisfaction, its clear that you're expendable and will be let you go for any reason

    Advice to Management

    Do better for your associates, there's so much push and focus put on the store employees that executives have forgotten their corporate worker-bees. Stop making everyone expendable and letting go of people with high expertise just to be able to cut costs. Invest in management training for corporate, and get ride of the politics and discrepancies between hourly and salary associates.


  2. "Be advised: Not a place for A players and top talent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in Brentwood, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in Brentwood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walmart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free soda machines.

    The recruiting team does an amazing job pitching the company and addressing concerns with external candidates who are initially hesitant to enter the process due to company's "brand" image.

    Super simple, casual, no pressure, and informal interview process.

    Cons

    Talent within the organization from the top down is mediocre at best and the astounding lack of critical leadership skills, technology and business acumen in the "leadership" team means most days are spent having the same discussions over and over again. There is no demonstrated "leadership" instead it is a suffocating, micromanaging hold with lots of finger pointing attempting to make you look bad so they can look good. These behaviors have risen as culturally, the current leader set has never been made accountable for learning to coach, manage, and empower teams to drive work forward. No leadership focus on outcomes and results - only focus is on work activity (no matter how trivial or wasteful) to justify why certain roles and teams exist . This management style is beyond stifling and ensures very little value-add work is able to move forward and is an absolute morale killer.

    There is an extraordinary attrition rate at this company. Key roles were constant revolving doors as resignations were made on a weekly basis from the top of the house all the way down to entry level positions.

    Horrible onboarding. Only 1 day and nothing that you'd expect - like a facilities a tour to help you understand where everything is at in the building (mail, bathrooms, conference rooms, etc). Your supervisor won't bother to meet with you on a regular basis and will cancel any meetings you try to set up as they'll have so many other conflicts to attend. Again, the intent of these in the first few weeks is just to ensure you're getting what you need and to have your supervisor address any questions you have so you can start to gain traction in your role.

    Finding what you're doing and where any work similar or previously done is like a horrible hunt and peck game. If you've finally found some info and ask for time to walk through the work or where you can go to learn even more on your own you'll be given a million answers - none of which will help you.

    Good luck trying to work with your new supervisor on building out any kind of an onboarding plan. They won't know what that is and will tell you it's a waste of time as you try to explain to them why it's important for you. They'll tell you to go away and that you'll meet people in meetings...except they don't tell you what meetings you should be attending (and you won't be invited to them as your supervisor also won't tell the meeting facilitator that you should attend) or provide you with a stakeholder list of people so you could track this down yourself....

    Walmart cheer. The hokiest thing I've ever seen a leadership team make up as a way to force engagement with a completely unengaged, lifeless employee base.

    Advice to Management

    Dig in to your morale issue which is spotlighted by your high attrition rates. You might gain some insights on how to improve overall engagement by authentically investing in your people and ways to stop the turnover hemorrhage.

    Also, ensure that people you've placed in leadership positions can actually do the work and have the necessary acumen on business/technology/leadership. If they don't (as many, with the exception of a small handful, do not), they leave irreparable collateral damage behind to further drag down the morale issue.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "GOOD PLACE TO START JUST DON'T STAY...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Bentonville, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of retail training and OJT, discount 10%.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement, only top 1% of retail managers make anything above 50K annually. Then only after 10 + years at least. Very clique like atmosphere among management. If you care for the associates and stand up for them you will be punished.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your superiors know what you do and how valuable you really are. Don't be afraid to be social with upper management. That's how you will rise up the ranks.....guaranteed.


  4. "Senior Business Development Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walmart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Envinroment, people, challenges, office is really cool, possibilities to learn, possibilities to international projects

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, leack of hability to plan, no directions for career development, bad bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Be clear about different paths a employee can take and be more clear also about what´s going ok or not! Feedback processes.


  5. "Senior especialista"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Liberdade para inovar, pessoas maravilhosas

    Cons

    Muitas pessoas boas sairam recentemente da empresa