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Walmart eCommerce Staff Software Engineer Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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Walmart eCommerce President & CEO of eCommerce Marc Lore
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Pros
  • Walmart e-commerce is true to their values and insuring their employees are compensated and have work/life balance (in 76 reviews)

  • Great place to help start a new business in e-commerce (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the greatest work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • While compensation is competitive among the market, lacking in other benefits such as healthcare, no free food, and not many other perks (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Walmart is fun"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Parking and Management need to focus

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. Helpful (9)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't create your dynasty, have ethics and show some spine. Get rid of poor performers, reward meritocracy.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Unimpressive Managers meet technical debt heap"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walmart eCommerce as a contractor (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.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time listening to your teams.. take feedback to heart. Enforce a sense of teamwork rather than adversarial relationships.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Staff Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at Walmart eCommerce (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.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the dev process. Give more ownership to developers instead of controlling everything top down. When things are broken, don't let technical debt grow for 3 years and force abandoning the product of hard work and high costs. Need better communication across teams. No more enclaves.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "So much potential wasted"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible scale for the largest retailer in the world gives you enormous possibilities to make a real life impact
    Very good Work/Life balance
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Excessive hierarchy
    Bad leadership
    Zero diversity on engineering
    Lowest employee to management ratio I've ever seen

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CIO, improve the hiring process, break up the silos.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Freedom to experiment

    Cons

    Company has grown too big too quickly. It's hard to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the unwanted mid management layer.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible company and politics"

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

    I worked at Walmart eCommerce full-time

    Pros

    Work could be cool depending on the team you are in.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership. Mid-level management are managers and not leaders.
    Super political set-up
    Managers tend to get people from their previous companies even if they don't have any talent and pollute.
    No direction.
    Product Management is not at all talented.
    Long hours. Weekend work.
    This company is a losing cause stay away.
    Terrible benefits.
    The salary looks good on paper. But in reality it is 30K less because of the benefits.
    This company can never catch with Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Walmart eCommerce is a good company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    * Work on latest tech to get the job done
    * See your work go into prod immediately and effect millions of customers daily
    *Good lateral and upward mobility options
    * Not a lot of attitudes from higher ups; just a couple bad apples here and there
    * Great work location, Sunnyvale or San Bruno and wireless shuttles in between all day
    * Very competitive salaries; not competitive with the Big boys, apple, fb and google but beyond that they do well

    Cons

    *Health benefits are ok not tops
    *They have a hard time differentiating treatment of employees in corporate from the person pushing carts in the parking lot at the store
    * They literally shove the Gay Agenda down your throat. There seems to be an invitation to a lesbian in tech, gay parade, or aids cure party every day; Without regard to whether it's offensive to the people receiving it. People should be able to opt into the notifications if they choose to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Back off of the gay agenda; it's just too much. Keep it to yourselves and don't try to force the whole company into support for it. Let people choose to opt into the notifications if they're interested, if not, don't force it on them


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Ample opportunities for go-getters to advance. Lots of corporate sluggishness to deal with."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have the patience to fight corporate red tape, you can go far. Find what problems your boss' boss is trying to solve, and carve out some time to chip away at it.

    Cons

    Just be prepared for lots of "lifers" who are accustomed to a slow pace and don't have much personal incentive to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Address the corporate sluggishness, and silo effects.


  10. "Awesome place (depending on where you land)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great people working here! Company is open towards open source, etc.

    Cons

    Health benefits definitely needs a overhaul