Should You Work at Walmart? (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly)

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Walmart is infamous for treating employees badly.

That’s 100% true, just look at the thousands of people online talking about how badly they’ve been treated from working there.

Along with the multiple lawsuits they’ve had since they opened their doors in 1962.

In this article I cover why these accusations are true.

However, that’s not to say that Walmart is completely bad…or is it?

Is Walmart a good place to work or should you turn the other way and find another job?

The good things about Walmart

Lets look at some of the good things about Walmart and what they have to offer.

Walmart discount card

All Walmart employees that stay longer than 90 days get a discount card that gets them 10% off general merchandise and fresh produce, with some exceptions.

I just recently bought my girlfriend a TV 2 weeks ago and got $30 off with her brothers discount card!

It’s good that others can benefit from this too!

Cheap prices

Walmart has been providing Americans with high value for money prices ever since they opened in 1962.

You combine that with the discount card and you’ve got yourself a bargain.

This was Sam Waltons intentions from the start.

He wanted to change the way Americans shop and he done a marvelous job at it.

Sam Walton has nothing but good intentions

Sam Walton is a genuinely good guy and really wanted the best for Americans.

His ultimate goal was to provide a discount store so everyone can afford high value goods and live a better life.

Until this day that still holds true, as it is still one of the worlds biggest discount chain.

Everything is in one place

If you work at Walmart you can literally get everything you need for the week in the one store before going home.

There’s no need to go to 5 different stores on your way home.

This gives you more time for the important stuff…like relaxing after a long shift 🙂

Stable job

It’s job security because there’s always going to be work, even in uncertain areas of America.

Even when the economy is bad, people still need to buy groceries.

And they will continue to buy things they don’t need such as electronics and other general merchandise simply because people always find money when there’s a good deal.

The bad things about Walmart

Bad healthcare coverage

The bad thing about working at Walmart is that they have bad healthcare policies.

If you’re working on minimum wage trying to make a living, jumping on one of their programs is going to bring your total income down by a lot.

Not to mention that you aren’t even eligible if you work 30 hours or less.

This has only happened since the death of Sam Walton.

They’ve been involved in multiple lawsuits

They’ve gone through multiple lawsuits throughout the years, even when Walton was alive.

The sad part is that they just pay their way out of it.

They are known for racism, sexism, treating employees badly, underpaying them, paying less than minimum wage, and more.

Long hours

Of course the more hours, the better pay.

However, some people don’t sign up for long hours and you aren’t even compensated for the overtime anyway, which I’ll talk more about soon.

Employees don’t want to be spending literally all day in Walmart.

You better start getting use to 10-13 hour days my friend.

People have lives to live, and management needs to respect those who don’t sign up for the long hours.

Inconsistent scheduling

You’ll find yourself constantly being given weird hours.

You might finish your shift at 12 am and have another shift at 7 the next morning.

This can be daunting and a really difficult way to work around your lifestyle, especially if you have kids.

No paid overtime

This is a HUGE con.

If you do any type of overtime, whether it be because they’re short staffed or during holiday season, forget getting paid for it.

They do not pay you for working extra hours, yet they still want you to stay because they don’t have the labor.

This is wrong on so many levels and you should be compensated for the extra hours.

The lowdown

Management have authority issues and think they are better than everyone else.

They really don’t care about you, they just make out they do.

They’ll get angry with you if you don’t do something their way.

And because of the cons mentioned above, employees have bad attitudes and gossip spreads like wildfire (yes, Walmart employees are very two-faced).

It is a stressful environment, more so on holidays, and you’re vulnerable to being treated like dirt by people that have been there longer than you.

In spite of all of that, the retail giant has been described as a “good temporary job with decent pay and lots of hours”.

Those two things can be very hard to find as a new employee in a new job.

Climbing ranks is also easy.

All you have to do is suck up to the bosses and say yes to overtime, even if you’re not getting paid for it!

Also never complain and say yes every time they call you in to work because they’re short staffed.

Within a year, you’ll be absolutely loved by management and you’ll be well on your way to getting promoted.

So is Walmart a good place to work?

Yes and no.

This all depends on your attitude, the location of the store, the associates and management.

All stores are different, there are too many variables to say exactly if it’s a good place to work.

However, I have come to the conclusion that Walmart is an “okay” job.

It is definitely below average but still a good place as a first job.

And if you want to become management quickly, then Walmart is your new best friend.

Because they’re always firing people, it’s just so easy to climb the ranks and get promoted.

Plus most associates have bad attitudes and attendance.

Be different, enjoy the work, have good attendance and management will love you.

But is it all worth it?

It depends on the type of person you are.

If you’re power hungry and love talking down to others, then you’ll probably love working at Walmart because that’s what management does.

You’ll try to climb the ranks as quickly as possible so you can feel powerful just like them.

On the other hand, if you’re the type of person that just wants to go work, do a good job and leave without drama, think again.

Drama is bound to happen on occasions and gossiping is inevitable. I just hope you’re not in the midst of it all.

At the end of the day, it’s a good first job thanks to the decent pay and plenty of hours (starting around $10-$15 per hour!).

If that sounds like you then you know what to do.

Work hard, have good attendance, follow the rules and you will be a manager in no time.

Have you worked for Walmart or thinking of working there? Put your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

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