My Experience Working at Wal Mart.

United States
October 20, 2009 8:21pm CST
Howdy Mylotters,It has been awhile since I have started a discussion,my wife has probably mentioned to a handful of you that I have a job now,and my job is at Wal Mart I have been there two months I am a Courtesy Associate so my job is to bring in the carts and to do carry outs for customers,it is not my favorite job but it does bring in the money,even though sometimes they cut my hours so I do not have that big of paychecks but some money is better than no money,and I know my wife would agree with that,and there are only five Courtesy Associates so on most days I am by myself without any help,and they are really hard on us and expect us to get all of the carts out of the parking lot which is really hard to do when it is busy,or when our Cart Mule breaks,which it seems to do from time to time,because Wal Mart is too cheap to by another one and I am hoping to get moved to a new position,and I hate that I am working for a business that only cares about the money but I know all places seem to be like that now,so my questions are Who out there works for Wal Mart?If so,what job do you do?How long have you worked there?How long do you plan on working there?What job do you want to do there?If you do not work at Wal Mart do you want to?Do you know anyone else that has worked there or works there,I appreciate all the responses I get,and I look forward to reading all the responses but please take this discussion seriously,and if you can not do this then please do not respond,and Happy Posting.
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11 responses
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
21 Oct 09
Well as your wife of course you know that I know you work at wal*mart. I also know that I've told a few people that you are now working, because well, I told them! In any case, I told you you didn't have to mylot but am glad you are for this Christmas season. I can't really comment on any of the questions as you already know my answers, or I don't work there / don't want to work there. I do hate that the Cart Mule keeps breaking and I do wish they'd fix it more swiftly and / or hire more people so that you can have someone with you at all times since some of the people that worked or work with you now are only available at certain times. I know that we have a friend that works at another wal*mart for a different shift and different department. He tried to transfer but was rejected. We have another friend that wants to get a job there as well. I love you, and don't worry just do your best. As soon as I get the job I want to get, we'll have more money and I can go to school, then get an even better job and from there you can also go to school and eventually quit wal*mart. I love you.
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• United States
21 Oct 09
Yeah I know as my wife you do know that I work at Wal Mart,and yeah I know you have told a few people that I am working,and yeah I am mylotting to help us get Christmas presents this Christmas season,and I know you do not want to work there,and yeah I know you wish they would hire more people so I would have someone with me at all times because it would make things go more smoothly,and yeah our friend works at a different Wal Mart and tried to transfer to mine but was rejected,and another friend is desperate to try and help his mom so he wants to get a job there,I will keep doing my best,and yeah when you get your job you will be able to go to school,and then when you get a better job,I will be able to go school,and quit Wal Mart and get a better job,thanks for responding,I love you with all of my heart and soul,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
21 Oct 09
I know that we have our aspirations and goals that we are working towards and that wal*mar t is just a stepping stone to a better job. I love you!
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• United States
21 Oct 09
Yeah that is true,at least Wal Mart is helping us to get things done and buy things that we want,and it will help us get Christmas gifts,Thanks for responding Baby,I love you with all of my heart and soul, have a great day,good luck with all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
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@doryvien (2293)
• United States
22 Oct 09
Hi hellcowboy, I had the chance to shop at Wal mart when I visited your country about two years ago, I remember my excitement just entering the store because it's unarguably one of the best stores in the world. I noticed that the workers were polite and seemed happy, and I thought the pay must be really great. I can only sympathize with your not being ecstatic about your job, as I know some who work for big stores as Wal Mart and they too have their own share of grudges about their employer. But hey, a lot of people would want to exchange places with you, most want to be a part of the working force of Wal Mart, so if only for that you should consider yourself lucky. But of course you should also be on the look out for possible job openings that will make you feel more appreciated and productive. Happy job hunting!
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• United States
22 Oct 09
That is cool that you had a chance to shop at Wal Mart when you visited here about two years ago,and yeah it is a really nice store,and some of the workers are happy,even though most of them are under paid especially right now,and I do consider myself lucky and I am thankful to have a job that brings home a paycheck every two weeks,and I am watching for better jobs to come open,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
21 Oct 09
Dear Cowboy ~ I read your discussion with interest, and it would seem that you do not appreciate your job at all. Imagine for a minute what it would be like to be jobless, (as so many are in this depressed time) Yes I shop at WalMart and its one of the best all-round stores in America. Of course Walmart appears to be cheap, but that is the key to their success. If you would like to enjoy some of that success as well you can begin by being thankful, and by counting your blessings. You have a wife and home, and you are not sleeping in the streets. You and your wife have plenty to eat, and a pay-cheque every week. You are blessed indeed! Go to your workplace, keep smiling, be thankful, work hard, and find success!
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• United States
21 Oct 09
I am glad that you read my discussion with interest,and I do appreciate my job but I do not appreciate being treated like a mule for little money,and I know there are a lot of people who are jobless,and that is cool that you shop at Wal Mart,and yeah their cheap prices are the key to their success,and I am thankful,and I do count my blessings,and I am glad that me and my wife are not sleeping in the street,and I am glad we have food and a pay check every two weeks,and I will work hard and do my best,thanks for responding, have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
• United States
21 Oct 09
I have not worked for Walmart here in America but I did work for Asda, twice, back in England , who are owned by Walmart. The first time round was ok - my management were nice enough, etc, but thejob, frying doughnuts, was not the best, I used to come home covered in a gross combination of lard, sugar and jelly! The second time I worked there, after a while I was signed off sick for a couple of weeks. I had Doctors notes and proof that I had along term health issue which they had known about when they employed me. One day I took my sick note in for the week to let them know how long I was signed off for, and I was told 'oh, yes, you finished on Saturday, right?' I said, 'Excuse me?' It turned out they had basically fired me that week, for being sick (although that was not the official reason they gave, they didn't actually give a reason!) Previously to my getting sick they had been talking about training me for management - I had previous retail experience and had even been in charge of a department, so I know it was because I was off that they got rid of me. The worst part was that they did not tell me. I went in on the Monday to hand over my sick note and was informed that I had 'finished' with them the previous Saturday. No notice, and not even told I didn't have a job! If I hadn't still been off sick I would have turned up for work on the Monday and been told to go home again! So my story is to sympathize, not to discourage - be proud that you got a job, its not easy right now, and make the best of it while looking out for a better position in the store, or somewhere else. Judging from the posts you are in a supportive marriage which makes all the difference. Good luck with everything.
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• United States
21 Oct 09
That is cool that you worked for Asda in England and that they are owned by Wal Mart,and that is cool that the first time round was not that bad,and that sucks that you had to miss work because your were sick,and they should not have fired you if you had doctors notes to prove you were sick,and I am proud that I have a job,and I am trying to make the best of it,and I am hoping to get a better position in the store,and my wife is very supportive and wants me to be happy,and wants me to have a job I am happy at,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
21 Oct 09
when i got out of highschool i worked in a big box store here in canada (not walmart) and found it was ok but way understaffed. i was just a newbe and had to look after 4 departments while someone else was on lunch!
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• United States
21 Oct 09
That is cool that when you got out of high school you worked for a big box store in Canada and it seems like most places are way understaffed,and that sucks that you were new but had to look after four different departments while someone else was on lunch, thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
@solared (1210)
• United States
21 Oct 09
I used to work for Winn-Dixie it is no longer in this area, I used to have to bring the carts in just by pushing them, I tell you one thing it builds leg an back strength I got so good at it, that even when I moved to dairy stock if they needed carts they would ask me to get them. I would like to work for Wal-Mart I have applied a few times, I just quit working a night shift job for 4 1/2 years 7pm-7am an now Wal-Mart would be a nice change of pace. As far as I know you should be thankful to have that job, because carts need to be brought in more than things need to be stocked, you are probably getting more hours doing what you are doing than if you were stock or cashier. You know alot of stock is done at night an early morning an they need to cut hours an make all those people part time, same with cashiers especially as they keep adding more self check outs. So while you may hate it, considering your starting off, it might be what makes you the most pay right now, most hours anyways.
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• United States
21 Oct 09
That is cool that you used to work for Win Dixie and that you used to have to bring in the carts by hand,and yeah I agree it builds strength,and that is cool that you would like to work at Wal Mart,and it does sound like Wal Mart would be a nice change of pace, and I am thankful to have my job,even though I have heard customers say that Wal Mart should worry more about the stock then the carts,and no my hours are cut worse then a cashier or stocker,and I am getting minimum age,and I am sure that people are getting more money then me,but I am glad to be bringing in a paycheck so me and my wife can get things we want,and save for our future,thanks for your responding,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
21 Oct 09
Hi there Hellcowboy, I'll start by saying you have a great attitude. "Any money is better than no money". I say that because I know so many men who would rather sit on the couch than work for under a certain amount or work at a job that they feel is beneath them. It's a pathetic attitude and makes no sense to me. I do NOT work at Walmart but I do have friends that do. I have one friend that has been there for years and has always loved it. She works on the floor and up until recently has always worked in the health and beauty section. It's funny that you started this discussion because just yesterday I stopped in to pick up a few items for the house and to have a key made up. My friend who is always upbeat and smily was looking pretty stressed. I asked her about it and it seems that Walmart has greatly expanded her responsibilities and yet not expanded her paycheck. She usually had time to pause and chat for a minute but no more. I gave her a quick hug and moved on and let her get back to her work. I then moved on to hardware to get my key made. No one was anywhere near that dept so I looked around for anyone that could help. In the food dept. I came across another friend who has been there for years and never complains. He offered to make the key and I questioned that. He has NEVER worked in hardware. Well he does now and with no experience at all. He had only made one key in the past so it took him quite some time to get it right. Another lady came up and needed paint mixed and he called someone over as he has never done that and still has to learn it. Same story....more work and no more pay. He was stressed. Hang in there. Remember...whatever pay you are getting is helping your family. I don't think Walmart is a nice place to work from all I hear. IT is a paycheck which is what you need now. In the meantime, keep your eyes and ears open for another job that you may enjoy more.
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• United States
21 Oct 09
I am glad that you like my attitude and I know some guys are lazy and will not do jobs for less than a certain amount,or jobs that they think are beneath them,and it makes no sense to me either,and that is cool that you have friends that work there and that one of them loves it,and that is cool that she has always worked in the health and beauty section,and I know how she feels to be worked like a mule but not payed enough,and that sucks that there was no one in hardware,and it is weird that your friend made a key when he has really no experience,and yeah it is best for my family if I have this job,and I will definitely keep my eyes and ears open for any other jobs,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
21 Oct 09
Well my hubby worked at Walmart twice he was stoker an cart pusher he lked it alot as a matter of fact my brother in law has worked there for 6 years that I know of not sure if he will cutinue because he just finished school he is now a police offericer an hubby no longer works there he was offered a job in law enforcement he has no complaints about working at walmart an if I was allowed to work an not disable yea I would work there
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• United States
21 Oct 09
That is cool that you husband worked at Wal Mart twice and that he was a Cart Pusher,and I am glad he liked it,and it is not the worst,but it is not the best,and it is cool that your brother in law has worked there for six years,and that is cool that he is a police officer,and that is cool that he has no complaints,and that you would work there if you could,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
• Canada
21 Oct 09
You know what I think that's great. You really can't be picky these days, and who wouldn't want to work for an honest day's wage over being unemployed. So you should consider yourself lucky and try your best to do a really good job. You never know, you might get bumped to cashier for the holidays. Gee wouldn't that be fun.
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• United States
21 Oct 09
I know you can not really be picky these days,and I know any person would want to work for an honest days wages instead of being employed,and I do consider myself lucky and I always do my best no matter what because that is all I can do,and I doubt I would get bumped to cashier if anything I might would get bumped to People Greeter which would be an improvement if you ask me,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
21 Oct 09
Hello Mr Hellcowboy, I did take your discussion seriouslsy and read all through th introduction and although you may possibly think that I shouldn't answer as I don't work at Walmart and have never worked at Walmart I just thought I'd let you know that I keep hearing about Walmart from my American friends on here but have never seen one and don't reallly konw if they are more than just a supermarket as we don't have Walmart in Greece which lead me to wonder if you consider that Walmart is likely to become a gloabla phenomenon like MacDonalds, except in Greece of course? I hope they give you a change of position soon.
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• United States
21 Oct 09
I am glad that you took my discussion seriously,and I am glad to have input from everyone whether they work at Wal Mart or not,and that is cool that you keep hearing about Wal Mart from your American friends,and it sucks that you have never seen one or been in one because it is a good place to shop,and Wal Mart is all around the world,and I think they open new stores in new countries each year,so who knows maybe one day you will wake up and find a Wal Mart in your city,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting my friend.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
21 Oct 09
No, I do not work for Walmart. I did apply once but did not get a job. I know people who have work for Walmart and they were not very happy with them. They said they were worked hard and were not appreciated for all the work they did. I also know some people who work for Walmart are not real happy but say it is a job and in this economy anything is better then not working at all.
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• United States
21 Oct 09
That is cool that you do not work for Wal Mart,but that you applied once but did not get the job,and I am sure that a lot of people know people who are not happy with Wal Mart,and I talk with other employees on the days I work and they say they hate it or at least most of them do,and yeah I agree its a job,and any job is better than no job right now,and even though I do not like it,I am glad to be bringing in money for my wife and me,so we can get stuff done,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting.