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Walmart Software Engineer Reviews

Updated September 6, 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. "Software Engineer(Internship)"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Reston, VA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walmart as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Internationally recognizable company with countless opportunities. Great intern experience. Definitely a plus on your resume. You'll learn a great deal as well.

    Cons

    The managers we worked for weren't as good as they could have been. They weren't very tolerant of mistakes, they seemed to pick favorites, and they were very shady. They left interns out-of-the-information-loop multiple times. We were completely in the dark on whether we'd receive offers or not and on how we were performing.
    Thankfully for others, managers like ours are rare within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving the ecommerce experience. Keep up the good work.


  2. "Software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to start with. Nice salary range

    Cons

    They should improve a bit in team management

  3. "Us vs. them round II"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging, the opportunity is real and impact people are having is huge. Many good technologies to master to solve big data, large scale problems. Camaraderie among many teams.

    Cons

    Marc Lore does not get what engineering is for. He'd rather everything was outsourced to agencies. Engineers are too much trouble, they always tell you about things you can not do and they have 100s of reasons why. He wants everything to be simple and nobody on Jet exec team wants to sweat out the details. Coming from "somebody buy us out, please!" attitude that worked for him few times in a row, "build to last" is antagonistic to his "get rich quick" approach.

    Advice to Management

    wait and see


  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Relaxing env to work in.

    Cons

    It's mostly uninteresting technology being used.


  5. "Much better than expected"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walmart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I cannot speak for past behavior of the company, nor for the non-web part. But on the technology side, I found myself being pleasantly surprised by what I found in the company vs. the assumptions Walmart out there in the general public.

    * modern technology choices
    * open environment
    * opensource heavily used and contributions encouraged
    * large scale to play with (data, visitors, product count, problem space, etc)
    * willingness to invest in innovative solutions and experimentation (depends on team I suppose)
    * company is showing more and more progressive and socially-responsible behaviors on the political front (green energy focus is one highlight)
    * "doing the right thing" is actually deeply ingrained into Walmart's DNA

    Cons

    * Big company issues - many departments with legacy solutions and long standing problems
    * If you are willing to "bring your own leadership", you'll have a good time. Otherwise, depends on which group you end up in.


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    "Software Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bentonville, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of at the moment. Just a place where I would get a paycheck. I met some of my closets friends there...that is all.

    Cons

    Meetings that take up development time. Higher up people have no sense or idea of technology, all too business sided. Culture is more trying to "beat" Amazon rather than being innovative and being its own company. Vendors have more say and power in projects than actual associates. No transparency at all with managers and directors. Work was not simulating and constant changes and really no guidance impeded a lot of development. People were readily to blame rather than accept fault.

    Advice to Management

    Promote an environment that doesn't involve trying to beat competition but being more creative and innovative. Promote people who are more technically savvy. Invest more in associates learning rather than investing on vendors doing the entire project.


  7. "pay attention to the subtle details"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good base salary and over all compensation package, in bay area.

    Cons

    company enforces (whisper) average employment length to 2 years; so, one cannot avail all the initial negotiated compensation package.
    incompetent e-commerce division in bay area and lost to jet.com.
    power struggle between HQ in Bentonville and in Bay Area.
    struggling hard to fit in bay area.
    introduced OKR process but failed miserably in implementation details.
    most are staying because of their own reasons like H1B Visas, lengthy Green Card processing.
    women are struggling most with hardly any promotions and any career growth training.

    Advice to Management

    talent comes in any form and in any color.

  8. "Its a Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scale is at sight
    This is by far the largest enterprise you'll find to build software !

    Cons

    Execution is the bottleneck
    Mgmt doesnt trust their staff.


  9. "i am smart worker."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Walmart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    i will do that work which make the company performance very good.

    Cons

    if i work with you then hope that we will success in any field

    Advice to Management

    all peoples do smart work


  10. "Walmart ISD"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bentonville, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Walmart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn products and uses.

    Cons

    Poor long term career outlook. Poor Life/work balance 45+ hours per week plus out of hour support with no compensation. Support expected though holidays. Limits on using vacation days.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce hours t 40. Increase compensation. Improve work life balance.