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A Breakdown of Walmart’s Rehire Policy

There are a number of things that come into play when trying to get rehired at Walmart.

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Walmart is the largest privately-owned retail corporation in America, so it makes complete sense to stay on their good side.

Even if they do have a bad reputation, they provide millions of jobs around the world (2.2 million in fact).

It is best to quit Walmart on good terms to increase your chances of getting rehired later on.

In this article I’m going to cover everything you need to know about getting rehired after quitting Walmart.


Can You Get Rehired After Quitting?

Sadly Walmart does not publicize this information so we can only go off of what other people say about their past Walmart rehiring experiences.

YES you can indeed get rehired, however, it all depends if you left on good terms or not.

If you quit due to family emergency, you were moving to another city, your hours were cut or you had health reasons, then these are good terms and you are more likely to be rehired.

Another variable is that you were a good worker.

This means having good attendance, listening to your employers, working hard and saying yes to overtime.

Reasons you may not be rehired

  • You were a lazy/slow worker
  • You had a bad attitude towards employers and coworkers
  • You were rude with customers
  • Your attendance was horrible
  • You left on bad terms, such as causing a scene or walking out

You get the gist. If you were a complete and utter a**hole throughout your employment, chances are you won’t be rehired.

Even if you did do some of those things, you could still reapply and may even get the job.

At the end of the day it comes down to the store manager doing the hiring. It won’t hurt to try, especially if you really need the job.

If you aren’t accepted at one Walmart, apply at a different location. Apply for lots at a time to increase your chances of being accepted.

You Will Need to Reapply

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Unfortunately you can’t just walk in off the streets and ask for your job back, you will have to go through the hiring process all over again.

This means filling out a job application and getting a drug test.

In your application state that you have worked at Walmart in the past.

They will run your name through the computer and see how your performance was and your reason for quitting.

And if you were a good worker and left on good terms, you have a higher chance of being rehired.

Quitting Walmart by burning bridges isn’t exactly smart so only do that if you definitely aren’t coming back.

There is also a suspension period for 3 months. You can reapply 3 months from the day you last worked.

Keep in mind that they will probably do another background check.

Can You Be Rehired If You Were Fired?


You can definitely be rehired if you were fired but again, it comes down to your work ethic, the reason you were fired and the store manager.

At your exit interview, the store manager would’ve told you the reason you were fired and if you could be rehired or not.

If you were a bad worker AND you got fired, chances are you won’t be rehired in that same Walmart.

Usually the store manager will tell you if you can be rehired again later or if you shouldn’t even bother.

If he tells you to not reapply, then you know for sure that you were a bad worker and you need to change something so it doesn’t happen again in the future.

The waiting period to be rehired after termination is 6-12 months. 6 months for bad attendance and up to 12 months for other reasons.

If you were fired for breaking the law then you definitely won’t get your job back, that’s a given. You will never work at a Walmart ever again so you might as well start applying for other jobs.

There Are Some Exceptions

Even though Walmart’s policy states that you have to wait 3 months before reapplying, that is just the standard, and with standards, there are exceptions.

You can pretty much apply immediately as long as you explain your reason for quitting and what has changed to make you be able to come back to work.

Below are some examples:


Some employees have said that they were moving to another state and that they quit so they can transfer to a new location.

They were rehired a month later in the new location.

Family Emergencies

If you quit due to a family emergency and you were in good standing, a lot of managers will let you come back as soon as the family emergency is resolved.

This can be anywhere from a couple weeks to couple months.

Health Reasons

Employers know how important health is so leaving due to health reasons is not a big deal.

It won’t be difficult coming back as long as you explain why your situation has changed and why you can come back to work now.

They Need the Labor

If they don’t have much staff and labor is low, you might get rehired much earlier than 3 months.

This is especially true if you were a good worker and quit on good terms.


Walmart’s rehire policy may sound strict but it’s actually the opposite.

They are one of the most lenient rehiring employers in the world, probably because they won’t need to spend more money on training people.

And store managers will do anything to save money because at the end of the day, if they ain’t making enough money, they WILL be questioned by the general manager.

Also remember, it’s possible to be rehired even after getting fired so don’t be afraid to reapply. You might be surprised.

As long as it’s after 6-12 months and you can explain why it won’t happen again.

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What are your experiences with Walmart’s rehire policy? Comment below!

2 thoughts on “A Breakdown of Walmart’s Rehire Policy”

  1. Ok so I have a question. I’ve worked for 2 walmarts in the past 2 years. My current manager has done nothing but make me feel singled out and intimidated since I asked him if I could move to a different department back in November. For 5 months this has gone on. He’d nitpick everything I’d do, accuse me of doing stuff that I hadn’t done, and then make false statements about the “policy” to keep me from transferring. He’s even pulled me into the back room, off camera, not the AD Office, for “open door policy meetings” these meetings would leaving me feeling like a garbage employee when I do nothing but work hard and diligently. Well I’ve recently found out that I’m pregnant, after 2 complicated pregnancies in the past, one ending in miscarriage. I notified him of this and the possible high risk this pregnancy would be. Over a couple of days ive asked fellow associates (who are male) for a little help lifting some of the heavier items (50+ lbs) since they were giving me pains in the lower abdomen. well these coworkers have given me nothing but nasty attitudes and have even gone as far as to use the open door policy and complain about my pregnancy. I was then asked to provide proof that id need help with lifting. After that my manager moved me to a different department that would take a pay cut without asking me first if I would be comfortable with it or providing me with other options. I was told that I’d have no choice but to go where I was sent or take a LOA because no other department had hours or would accept me. After all this I finally hit my breaking point. I started crying (thanks to hormones) and felt like I was being treated as a “problem” that no one wanted and walmarts huge walls started closing in on me. So I clocked out without saying anything and left. (But didnt quit) can I be fired for this? Or will they say I quit? I’m really uncertain and scared of what’s to come of my Walmart career and I’ve been afraid to go to ethics over all this due to the fear of retaliation. What should I do?

    • First of all, I am so sorry this has happened to you Jessica.

      Secondly, yes you can get fired for clocking out and walking out. That is called job abandonment.

      Thirdly, no, employers cannot retaliate against you because that is illegal.

      What I would do if I were you is go to ethics (do you mean HR?) and tell them everything that has happened.

      Again, retaliation is illegal so if you do experience any retaliation after going to ethics, I would talk to them again or maybe even go higher than that.

      Please keep in touch and let me know how it goes.

      All the best!


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