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Updated Feb 1, 2020

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Walmart eCommerce President & CEO of eCommerce Marc Lore
Marc Lore
22 Ratings
  1. "Good as starter"

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

    I have been working at Walmart eCommerce full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance End of year bonus

    Cons

    No diversity in the team Old technology Outdated mentality

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    Walmart eCommerce2017-01-31
  2. Helpful (16)

    "WalmartLabs brand is doomed"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walmart eCommerce full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance Sunnyvale location competitive pay a *handful* of smart people

    Cons

    Horrible management - absolutely amateurs when it comes to "leading" the company. There is so much of politics and promotions are decided on the basis of who can indulge in more bootlicking of the management. It gets frustrating when you realize that you could have just slacked off instead of working hard with so much passion to be where you are. Some people who got promoted don't even know what they were doing! What was the basis of promotions? And then these layoffs - some of them were very talented, hardworking people who sucked at politics. So there you go - talent does not matter in this company. The good talent leaves, the rest just make things worse for the ones who stay. Don't even think this place comes close to the top companies in terms of benefits, work culture or organization. The Cat Dev team is a joke that keeps doing reorgs thinking new management can solve their problems when in reality they are unable to find respectable, experienced people to lead. STAY AWAY from this place - it used to be a place where you could stay to get a regular paycheck but looks like even that doesn't hold with the layoffs.

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    Walmart eCommerce2017-02-09
  3. Helpful (14)

    "Took a turn to worse last few months"

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

    I have been working at Walmart eCommerce full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good teammates, projects, pay structure

    Cons

    - NO PARKING ON CAMPUS!! (They expect employees to find public/street parking nearby and walk almost a mile to reach work. The way we found about is by parking tickets, no internal communication was provided about the new rules). What kind of workplace is that? - DELIBERATE DELAY IN INTERNAL GREEN CARD application process by immigration team. Every little thing (wage determination, ETA filing, etc takes almost triple the time it used to take a year ago) - ANNOUNCING REMOVAL OF INTERNAL FEEDBACK FORUM with very little notice. Multiple people have expressed support against the removal as no alternate channel was provided. - A few other cons include: No 401k match/orthodontic coverage in the first 1 year, sub-standard free Friday lunch, only 6 holidays per year (only 5 since most work on Thanksgiving), horrible middle management

    Walmart eCommerce2017-01-05
  4. "Fine environment"

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

    I have been working at Walmart eCommerce full-time

    Pros

    Big investment in development ops to help with implementation.

    Cons

    No holiday party. Lousy parking. Most engineers don't get Thanksgiving weekend off due to Black Friday support.

    Walmart eCommerce2016-12-10
  5. Helpful (10)

    "Nice work life balance, decent pay at the cost of office politics & some mediocrity"

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

    I have been working at Walmart eCommerce full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance Good pay Work on latest technologies Ability to change teams, if bored/dissatisfied Few good folks

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, political environment Insecure management, no clue about what's going on Quite a few mediocre folks around, but too many in management What's with some folks having extremely poor communication skills? Please don't hire folks who have contracting history as FTE. A lot of folks who are here for too long(you'll find many) tend to be bad. I think they are stuck here mostly because they can't find opportunities outside, and even if they do, they pay is lower than here. Sometimes the whole family barring their child(as they are not in work age yet) work here. Since they take home a significant pay home that way, they think they are very secure and really don't put much effort in work. They tend to be worse, are nasty to work with. They just don't give a damn about anything and play survival + rotating b/w teams game. Firing such folks even if you know they don't produce quality work is just hard. The more friends and relatives you have working here, the more rooted you are and hard to uproot. Usually acquihires are given good bonus+huge bump up in designation & responsibilities that they think are masters of universe and too smart, but they aren't. If you look them up, their career is just a joke.

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    Walmart eCommerce2016-10-26
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Unimpressive Managers meet technical debt heap"

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    Current Contractor - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart eCommerce for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are happy to be second guessed, disrespected, or just plain ignored.. come on down! Some of the vendors and platform team are smart .. if a little stand offish. A few PMs are gems to work with.

    Cons

    It's unacceptable to have coworkers using Hindi to break down problems .. if you want to be an inclusive workplace, shutting out non-hindi speakers is a step in the wrong direction as far as I'm concerned. 80% of the company are chained to desk style workers who do not push back when a process is poor.. instead choose to waste time doing it the hard way. Leaving a wake of technical debt to be fixed on the nights and weekends.

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    Walmart eCommerce2016-10-14
  7. Helpful (22)

    "Survival of the dirtiest"

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

    I worked at Walmart eCommerce

    Pros

    - Good salary - World's largest retailer - 401K - Few good humans - 10% discount at stores. - Opportunity to work and change exciting areas in eCommerce - Generous H1B & PERM processing(Amazing (4)people in Immigration team) - Annual Incentive. - If you happen to work in Walmart.com on a good area, you are lucky. - Proud brand. - Good place to learn Dont's. - Great place to learn how not to be ! - Ping pong Tip: Teams to look for: Few teams in Customer Promise, Digital Mobile, OneOps. Avoid other market teams if possible. Its a great company, its WALMART for God sake ! But if you are very ambitious, very intelligent, very passionate and have other choices at the same salary level, you can probably give deeper thoughts and analysis and ask few more questions. If you are mid level at your career, its a good choice.

    Cons

    Where do I start: - Its humorous to watch people managers that have 90's degrees trying to prove technical. This is bay area, home of best universities ! Pls wake up ! It sounds kiddish when you folks talk in meetings. Let the people you hired do their job. - Managers can travel business classes and spend irresponsibly(and proudly chatter) with no purpose expect eating food. But initiatives will get declined with silly reasons like no budget for 10TB of memory. If this sounds good, you have a problem. - Paradise for contractors(spouse referrals). Lethargic approach in hiring contractors. There are lot of nice and deserving people that work like crazy, but wont get recognized. But contractors that plan their vacations during 5 days of work for the coming holiday can survive with 3 digit/hr billing rates. No issues. - The group that I worked in had few adult activities during business hrs affecting other folks for prolonged period, but the management only showed blind sight. - Internal transfer process is almost non-existent. People that have proven track record, crave to work hard and grow organically will find no takers even after literally touching manager's foot. - Most promotions are not deserved. It doesn't matter how much you know, who you know matters. - Have witnessed managers cook up & manipulating reports/charts etc., when presenting to leadership. Not once. - Largely dominated by 1 ethnic group. No bias. When it brings a ugly culture to the whole company, it needs a check. - Anyone with access to check-in a piece of code can break things and affect solid 2 days of work easily. I bet ! No concept of sanity or continuous integration. But there is a team that dedicatedly works in engineering tools. I really don't know what the directors and Sr Directors's day to day routine are. - Do a simple test. Break a very very simple integrating on purpose in Production. It will take 10 mins for the siteops to reach support team, support team will take 10 mins to login, 10 more minutes to recognize there is a problem, 20 minus to find a relevant team, 10 minus for the relevant team to come in contact and atleast 1-2 hrs to even recognize the problem. If it involves Bentonville, add a bonus 2hrs. By now, there would have been tons of orders lost. Such is the volume. Just do this exercise and see yourself what happens. No joke ! - When someone asks me, "How is the culture in Walmart eCommerce like ?". I am like, "depends on the manager". If this sounds good, why do we need many layers of leadership beyond managers ? Let them report to CEO? - 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. - Credit stealing is the primary occupation for majority of folks in the above 80%. Been a victim, many times. - Many capable people are sticking for Green Card, looking for right opportunities or waiting for the right move. Many good leaders have left. - Its a great place for people in Washington D.C to conduct campus recruitment on Walmart eCommerce premises. The drive would empty almost half of this company. Why? Such is their political skills. You can find some best people that can employed in lobbying ! D.C folks, are you hearing ? - People could go any extent to capture power. Even to the extent of humiliating sincere and passionate efforts. Been a victim. - Seldom have looked upon someone as true leader. Infant, got more inspiration from my peers. - Managers and reportee's keep each other insecure with simple strategies.

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    Walmart eCommerce2016-04-27
  8. Helpful (10)

    "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Staff Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walmart eCommerce for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, many technically strong developers, decent projects, good software development opportunities. Good ping pong. Nice (but not free) lunch. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover. Too many reorgs. Too many restructurings. Layoffs. Tech redirections. Over engineering. Political battles. Strange behavior. Big company woes. Hierarchical and top heavy.

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    Walmart eCommerce2016-02-13
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Not a company for New Grads"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart eCommerce full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Chilled out and flexible environment based on your team. -Good Table Tennis players. -Really good company if you want to get into retail and understand the complete flow -PTO's are more as compared to other companies in bay area as they don't have thanksgiving off ;)

    Cons

    -If you are a new grad and want to learn something new, build out challenging products then this is not the place for you. You will end up building services which will are again integrated with other services. An ideal Service Oriented Architecture. -There are very few teams who actually do interesting stuff by doing classification, data mining etc. -Very few teams follow strict code review process. You will not learn different types of design patterns, best coding practices etc. (This applies if you are a techie guy) -The average age of employees is much higher and there a lot of contractors. -The upper management only sees at the outcome no matter how you do it. There is no long term vision about scalability, maintainability, cost of ownership etc. -Lot of politics within the team as well.

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    Walmart eCommerce2016-01-06
  10. Helpful (11)

    ""Worst Place Ever, Worst Culture Ever""

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walmart eCommerce full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot about "What not to do by doing them"..how to skip accountability, how to show off to senior management, how to blame others for our team or my mistakes, how to turn a good product into a sub standard one, how to ignore process, how to put pressure on people for no reason, how to turn events from bad to worse, how to jump on people and get the work done. If you don't care about your self respect, work life balance and to learn more about "what not to do", don't look anywhere else, this place is for you.

    Cons

    There are bunch of Senior Managers in engineering doesn't know a bit on what they do and what their subordinates wants to do, just instructions absent directions. Every damn people run their own shows treating other teams as their arch rivals. One of the worst communication between teams ever, "do what is asked to do, don't even think about asking questions". No innovations they just copy paste ideas from other pioneers. The core engineering people whom happens to be working since stone ages think themselves as smart, intellect and show blind eyes to other ideas. If you want to experience full hands on with modern day slavery (with pay) this is the place for you.

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    Walmart eCommerce2015-12-24

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