I have been working at Walmart full-time (More than a year)
-All of the jobs are simple to understand and remember.
-They are bend over backwards amazing when it comes to flexing the hours to your needs. (due to health reasons, family reasons, ect).
-The pay is steady. (see cons)
-The hours are steady.
-The 3 month quarterly bonus can get pretty sizable. ($100-$500).
-The majority of the associates are beyond friendly, helpful, and overall incredible people.
-The majority of the floor management such as support or co-over night mangers are very nice and somewhat understanding.
-Participating stores will have sequential celebratory events for accident free streaks, high sales, or special store goals. (celebratory events may or may not be limited to Taco Tuesday, Casual Friday, Doughnut Friday, and Favorite Hat Day).
-After 6 months, you are given a 10% discount card to use at Walmart. (see cons).
-The majority of the jobs and tasks within Walmart are set on a very miscalculated timer, AKA MyGuide, and are often watched very heavily by management.
-If you have any coachings/write-ups whatsoever, the store management will, 99% of the time, refuse any requests you may have. (Store transfer, shift change, job changes, days off, ect).
-The starting pay is extremely low. The pay starts at $8 and goes to $10 with different jobs. (Pay rates may vary from location to location and job position to job position).
-The pay rates are so steady that it never really changes, the yearly raise can range from 20 cents to 60 cents. (Depends on productivity, attendance, coachings, MyGuide times, and how well the manager likes you).
-Management can and will most likely use almost anything and everything to keep you from getting a 60 cent raise.
-It can be very hard to move up the ladder to better positions. (Personality often beats productivity).
-There is a severe lack of equipment to get the job done safety, quickly, and responsibly. You often have to beg or steal equipment from other associates. (For example. Little to no lifting jacks, talzon's, six-wheelers, rocket carts).
- Upper management such as store mangers and above are rarely understanding or sympathetic.
-Quarterly bonuses can and will often be reduced to under $100 due to things out of your control. (Customer/associate accidents, lower sales, theft).
-Chances are you won't be actually trained, by management, in what you will be specifically doing within the store.
-The discount card does not work on many extremely specific products.
-Overwhelmingly busy during the holidays.
-There are often very serious under staffing issues.
-The backroom and frozen/dairy positions can get very stressful and complex. (Such as deciding what needs to be done first in order for the rest to follow smoothly or even be possible to do, or fitting X amount of pallets in very small and irrationally shaped spaces).
-They force every position within the store to work Thanksgiving, formerly known as Black Friday. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Advice to Management
-Be understanding and compassionate as to why certain tasks may take longer, or even shorter, than what MyGuide predicts.
-Provide more and better equipment to get the various jobs done.
-Get some kind security for over nights...any kind, just something.
-Don't threaten, intimidate, or patronize associates into working harder, communicate how and why something needs to be done.
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