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Walmart Chicago Reviews

Updated September 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "good pay Work hours lots of extra shift if you are willing to work" (in 1348 reviews)

  • "Best environment, work life balance" (in 280 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance sometimes not there" (in 801 reviews)

  • "They schedule u an 38 hours so they don't have to give full time benifits" (in 1157 reviews)

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  1. "Market Manager at Walmart is responsible to oversee Walmart Stores Operations. Execute company initiatives."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Market Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional Retail Director. Uphold company culture. Company provide training. Great Benefits. Stock options. Yearly bonus. If you are talented and passionate Retail professional Walmart is the best place for you.

    Cons

    Complexity of Retail. Retail is changing fast. You need to be update everyday with ever changing Retail. Leading close to 3000 Associates at Walmart Stores.

    Advice to Management

    If you are a passionate retails individual with a skill set of leading large group of employees, this job is right for you.


  2. "Intern Program"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Crystal Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Crystal Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities and they hire from within. Can pay a generous amount for the level of the job.

    Cons

    High labor in some positions

  3. "False Advertising"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Cicero, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Cicero, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you need a fresh start, Walmart is the place to go. They don't rely on your past work history. They take you at face value and give you an opportunity to prove your valuable to the company. You can cash your check in store for free, or get a free Walmart pay card to use anywhere. Also, you don't get fired immediately, there is a point system. If you have personal issues, they will work with you.

    Cons

    The culture of family, and acceptance that they promote in commercials and orientation videos is innacurate. Highly. The employees are rudebto each other as well as the customers. There is a lot of dissension between management, and sometimes you feel stuck in the middle. The shade level is high, and most people are only loyal to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Each store needs employee surveys quarterly to uncover and fix internal issues. Anonimity must be maintained in order to get a clear picture of where the disconnect is concerning communication between all co-workers, and between lower level and higher level employees.


  4. "Walmart gets a bad rap..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auto Center Manager in Valparaiso, IN
    Current Employee - Auto Center Manager in Valparaiso, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, easy to transfer because Walmarts are everywhere anymore.

    Cons

    Long hours, depending on upper management- it can be hard to run your area because if micro managing.

    Advice to Management

    Use scheduling guidelines from home office as a guideline, not as gospel. What's good for a smaller store doesn't work for a large volume store.


  5. "Overnight stock"

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    Current Employee - All Depts in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - All Depts in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very fast shift, lots to do, time flies! 2hr work 15 min break work 2 hr 60 min lunch work 2 hrs 15 min break work 1:45...go home!

    Cons

    Challenging to get everything done!


  6. "Mostly negative"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Using PTO sick if you can’t complete your whole shift where it won’t count against you and you still get paid.

    Cons

    Most managers are horrible, you have to consistently tell them about problems they have to correct. Some are very rude and unprofessional, and don’t know how to speak to you correctly. If you go to the store manager about them they do nothing at all! Sometimes you don’t get your breaks, they have so much favoritism as well. You aren’t really allowed a stable schedule as a cashier and your life revolves around your schedule!

    Advice to Management

    Do better!


  7. "It's a  pretty general retail experience alright."

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    Current Employee - Overnight Stocker/Door Greeter in Morris, IL
    Current Employee - Overnight Stocker/Door Greeter in Morris, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Start off at $11 as Overnight Stocker as of now, and front end as well.

    Electronics, Paper, Chemicals is the easier by far in my opinion for getting freight done

    10% Discount on General mech

    Knowledge of how things are ran resulting in short cuts, and items on sale.

    Changed thier dress code to allow casual outfits.

    They have a decent breakroom with a water fliter machine, coolers, couches, tv,  enough outlets etc.

    Paid time off earned on hours worked.

    Cons

    Never know when there  more than expected leftovers of palets of freight to work on from the last person due to time constraints.

    Takes longer than need be to have availability updated

    You get assisned a spot to work base on experience and many other factors

    There was a nutty manager on night shift who cause me great stress by pushing too much demand on me.

    The rules keep getting stricter as of late.

    Mixed bag taking away cashiers jobs with self checks while also taking the stress off them, and on the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a eye on people's stress levels we're human not robots.

    Give a better orientation experience with someone who work at front end or freight work.

    Keep the batteries in back charging.

  8. "Not the worst."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IMS Associate/Unloader in Rensselaer, IN
    Former Employee - IMS Associate/Unloader in Rensselaer, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walmart (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun Co-Workers

    Okay pay for the most part

    Acceptable Benefits

    Cons

    The training here sucks. Computers won't teach you how to handle irate customers.

    The work as very physically demanding, management wants speed and quality but doesn't seem to care about safety.

    Advice to Management

    Give more attention to new hires during the training process. Don't let lower level managers bully the new employees.


  9. "Store Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Olympia Fields, IL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Olympia Fields, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation: Pay and Bonus Potential. Able to work with people. Great opportunity to advance develop a team and help to get them promoted.

    Cons

    Very Stressful. Often unrealistic expections. Work life balance. Work on average 12 hour days 6 days a week. Difficult to find quality associates. New attendace policies make it hard to maintain consistency.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. Teach your team to excel at their job and be able to do your job. Take extra time in the hiring and interview process to get better quality candidates.


  10. "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Lockport, IL
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Lockport, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Walmart is a big company, therefore, I receive all the benefits I could want including vision, medical and dental insurance.

    Cons

    Not enough staff.
    Does not pay enough to keep techs inside the company as a career.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should hire more technicians to have more on standby when people call off.
    Certified Technicians should also be paid more in order to keep people at a living wage.


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