Walmart is a big American superstore, people all over the world work at Walmart every day. So, if you are thinking about working at Walmart and wondering whether Walmart treats it’s employees well, this article is for you.
We have worked at Walmart for several years. We’ve also interviewed Walmart employees in forums and in social networking sites to know more about their current experience.
So, let’s start.
Before we go into any details, let’s start by saying it is subjective and everyone’s experience differs. There are some employees who were treated good while there are some other employees who weren’t treated right.
Walmart in general treats it’s employees well. But often on it’s the team leaders or managers that don’t treat everyone well. Since Walmart is a big business with thousands of different store locations it’s a hard job to manage the whole operation well.
But there are other big brand companies out there that follows a good system to treat their employees well. Of course things can go wrong but intentionally keeping it wrong isn’t right.
Does Walmart treat their employees well?
Some of the current and ex Walmart employees had stated that they are very well paid, treated well by Walmart and happy. A lot of any employee’s experience has a lot to do with their bosses and the associates.
For some of the cases we’ve heard, yes Walmart treats their employees well. Walmart has employee benefits and it pays fairly ok.
There are employees that said they have been treated well and their work at Walmart has been appreciated by their bosses.
One Walmart employee in a Facebook group said her former boss was uncompromising and a fault she had made caused him a disciplinary action, to which the boss acted quick by apologizing and defending for him.
There are cases when an employee was injured while in their job and Walmart paid the medical bills.
Does Walmart mistreat their employees?
There are reports about getting exploited or underpaid. Some ex-Walmart employee said that Walmart exploits its workers pretty bad.
Walmart pinches pennies out of their workers every possible way. In return Walmart doesn’t provide enough support to their employees, deny emergency leave and whatnot.
He had also stated that Walmart has a clever business policy, one of which is to hire 3 part time employees instead of 2 full time employees and save by not paying full time employee benefits.
Walmart denies employee benefits systematically. Not sure how valid the argument is but he had also stated that Walmart spends millions of dollars in anti-union activities every year. Walmart is also famous for firing its employees with silly offense.
They will fire you if you do any pro-labor activity which isn’t in your job description.
Another ex-Walmart employee had said that he gave Walmart a 3 months’ notice for a Saturday leave but the manager kept denying the leave as the Saturday’s are busy. The leave was for his uncle’s wedding.
He kept asking for the leave but got denied several times to a point when his parent’s go fairly pissed and went to the store to see the manager. When asked the store manager told his parents that they had assumed he wanted the leave for some other reason!
There are other reports of sick leaves getting denied purposefully by Walmart and Segwick (the company that handles any Walmart Leave of Absences). There are reports of employee termination even after handing off all the paper work at the store manager or authority.
There are reports about Walmart denying to pay employee benefits as well. People had to take Walmart to the court to get the medical bills paid by Walmart for on the job injuries.
Are Walmart employees happy?
Yes and no! The employees we had talked to were either happy with their work or were mistreated, not satisfied, angry or got fired inappropriately.
I know a few senior citizens who are appreciated in their workplace at Walmart. There are senior citizens at Walmart that aren’t treated well or placed inappropriately. One elderly man had said he loved working at Walmart but was placed to clean the parking area under the hot sun, he had to resign just for that.
Every work place has good and bad bosses or associates. A lot of it boils down to the boss you have and how good or bad he or she is. Walmart is not a bad place to work for. If you get a good associate or boss and you love your job at Walmart, that’s great.
If your boss or associate isn’t a good one, try finding ways to switch to another department or to another team. You can always switch jobs but try communicating with your boss or associate about your difficulties.
Sometimes a good communication can go miles.
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