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...while I'm on the subject... [Oct. 18th, 2006|12:29 am]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!

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[wizardofaus]
Here's something that's really bothering me. It's not going into effect until Thursday, but I figure I'm very likely to get screwed here anyhow, because of some statements made by management... well, here goes.

Our state enforced a higher minimum wage rate (from $6.15 to $7.15) starting on October 1st, 2006. Before then, our store's starting wages were $7.00. As a result of the minimum wage increase, Wal-Mart agreed to increase its store base pay rate from $7.00 to $8.25. Of course, any Wal-Mart associate can guess what comes next...

... not everyone is getting the wage increase. Or any wage increase. Specifically, new associates (those who have not been with the company for about a year) will see the $1.25 increase. However, everyone else can expect 'from a quarter to $1.25, unless they've been with the company for a while, in which case they get nothing'. I recently received my performance review for six years of company service -- and when I asked about it, I was cheerfully informed that 'since it's not in the system, you're probably not getting it', and that the store manager would be 'explaining to everyone who didn't get it why not'. So I'm expecting Thursday is going to be grim. Nobody's made it clear exactly who gets a raise or not, except 'those who've been here a long time probably won't get anything'.

The cost of living has been steadily rising in the area (more so than my meager paycheck), and frankly, I'm angry about this whole thing. It's bad enough that they've imposed maximum wage limits on associates -- in short, you can't earn more than $14.80 or so if you're a 'pay class 1' associate. This might have increased with the starting pay increase (they claimed it would, but conveniently didn't mention this bit of wallet rape), but anyhow, the point is, it basically boils down to 'once you hit 15 years of service -- sooner if you were an excellent worker -- you no longer receive raises except via promotion wtihin the company, which is very reasonable because look at all the benefits there are of working here'.

So, yeah. I've been trying to tamp this down, but seeing the article set me off again. It pisses me off that basically, I stand a very real chance of losing two and a half years' worth of my career in raises, and although I'm encouraged to smile and be happy about it, I'm getting very, very tired of being screwed over by the company. Their benefits package is almost nonexistent, and much of their benefits don't even take effect until you've been with the company for several years (3 years is the minimum for getting any of that profit sharing they tout so heavily, for example).

-=sigh=- There's always one or two people at a meeting to seed the crowd of these announcements with 'oh, that's good' mentality ... but more telling is the fact that they're always the only people saying anything positive at all. Most Wal-Mart associates (at my store, anyhow) are aware they're getting screwed, and just aren't sure how much they're getting screwed by or what they can do about it.
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From: sjwilli55
2006-12-10 03:28 am (UTC)

Pay cap

I would love to know where you are. I am a modest level 4 and my cap out is a mere $13.87. Very close to your level 1! Cart pushers, greeters etc.
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[User Picture]From: wizardofaus
2006-12-15 06:47 am (UTC)

Re: Pay cap

New Jersey. -=wry=- If I ever manage to REACH the pay cap, I'll let you know. Where are you?
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-16 12:48 am (UTC)

Re: Pay cap

Virginia
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-08-22 10:14 pm (UTC)
You know, I've recentlty started as a walmart employee, and I find your comment not as new. I hope you find yourself a better oppurtunity to grow faster with the company. There are so many things I don't like either in my new store ( Chicago Area) but I'm trying to give the benifit of the doubt here. I hope I'm right. Time will tell. To complain to a manager, or supervisor has not worked yet, however, there are higher sources to let them know how you feel.Hang in there for now, find your store managers, your district, or corporate something might change for you
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-13 03:07 am (UTC)

Dear recent employee

Its so obvious that your new! Just wait!!!! Going on my 3rd year..WORST company I've ever worked for..wish Sam Walton could come back and fire all the pieces of s**t people running this company in the ground!! Hope this company fails and all the Mgrs and home office people have to pay the price for lowering there standards, and putting people through this circus!!!!!!!
Gosh!!1 I feel a little better!!lol Good Luck my dear newby!!
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From: linches
2008-07-08 10:54 am (UTC)

Vestal Ny Walmart Asst Manager with criminal record

I have a friend who was recently denied a job at the Vestal NY Walmart. She was convicted of a misdemeanor several years ago. Another friend who works at the same Walmart had constant problems with an assistant Manager. This egotistical guy was always bragging about his former job as a State Police Officer In PA. By simply typing him into yahoo search she found alot of articles regarding an arrest in 2006 for several charges one being robbery wanting to be sure it was definitely the same person she dug a bit further to find out that he was in fact in law enforcement anf was forced to resign or be charged with theft. He did resign and a few monthes later was arrested for a totally different situation. While out on bail for these charges he got a job with walmart in the asst manager program and remains there even after his conviction in 2007. How can Walmart justify that? If anyone would like these articles you can email me @ linches35@yahoo.com There is also more about this asst. manager you might like to know
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-09 02:16 am (UTC)

Profit Sharing and work

I got profit sharing in my FIRST year with Wal-MART. I do know what you mean about the silliness around when there is a minimum wage increase. To be fair, they should decide how much more the base pay will be increased by, and then raise EVERYONE by that much. I'm a dept. manager at wally world, and I've been so pro walmart for so long, but I'm just getting so tired. This new inventory management program they want us to run, and noone is on the same page even after a year and a half. And if I get overwhelmed and ask for help, it's "I'm sorry, we're spread too thin." But if I don't ask for help, and they see my HIGHLY (300 bags of one of the dog food's a week, and about that much of the rest of the pet food) consumable area go empty, I get in trouble because I didn't ask for help. I have a very good store manager, however. He runs a clean, friendly store, but of course, he still has to deal with the company policies. Sounds like you have a good venting space here though. I have to say that though I do feel associates SHOULD speak up as one, I agree with the company in that I don't think we need one of the take money from me unions to speak for me. If associates wanted to organize, they should do it among themselves.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-08-20 02:07 am (UTC)

Re: Profit Sharing and work

Dear Madam or Sir I take offense at your attack on unions, To begin with when Sam Walton was alive he did incoporate allot of standing behind his employees' and making them feel counted and protected. Well that takes us to the present day, Sam's dead and gone and so is his dream. You may be a closet lawyer who can handle his,or her own in a confrontation with managers' who have plotted out how the action is going to come out, there is allot of people out there that could use someone on their side in a disciplinary action. Lastly a union would provide you seniority,which you don't have.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-05 04:20 am (UTC)
If you are so very unhappy, why don't you get the hell out. Your sorry attitude must reflect in just as poor work habits and customer service.So do everyone a favor and move on.
Bitch Bitch Bitch !!! Who needs you ?
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-11 05:54 am (UTC)

Wal-mart sucks

Micro-managed to death down to the last plastic bag!!! We do need a Union and get some kind of control over our hours and schedules..Wouldn't be a bad place to work then..Maybe raise the pay too isn't like they can't afford it being a trillion dollar company and all..
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-24 11:11 pm (UTC)

bitching

some people are one paycheck away from losing everything. maybe they would move on if they could, anyway why should they nothing wrong with wanting to be treated decent.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-08-20 02:21 am (UTC)
To the person who isn't keeping up on current events, the economy tanked! leaving us all stuck, it may suck but at least we all have a job, at least until this new scorecard program gets most of us canned or we quit.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-09-16 04:31 pm (UTC)

yes the economy is bad ........

I as for one knows the things in wal.mart corp. thats needs some adjusting and if these things were fixed we would have a great place to work but as it stands today the store i work for is in shambles and could use some help. For one it has no store manager for the time being because ours just up and left us hangin', and he has been gone for about 2 months now . We just went through a crappy half done remodel and what i realized from all of that is that the company itself cares less about the associates the ones that keeps the stores going!!!!!! I dont think we as workers out on the floor get enough praise for all that we do!!! Our store has way too many assistant managers and the sit in the office all day and harp at everybody else when the job isnt done right , instead when one of us ask what needs fixed and how to fix it , they sit on their butts and gives some excuse why they cant come help. We need more managers workin with us instead of just dishing iut oreders. Especially , if the are going to gripe about what does get done they need to be out there with us.
Also , we have issues with scheduling and us as associates out on the floor knows when there isnt going to be no coverage and let some one know in managenent but we get told they cant change the hours around where there inst no one to cover!!!! Thus when it comes to that time and no one is there it makes who comes in after that shift when there is no coverage , that associate has to work harder. After a while if you are that assocoate it makes you not care how well your job gets done!!!! We get told alot that there is not enough hours in those departments to give any more hours but come to find out other departments have too many hours so they are using other departments hours and just making them work in their normal departments instead of making them work the department they were scheduled in!!!!!
I am thankful for my job cause i have 4 kids and 1 in the way but it would be nice to know that my job will be there for me tommorrow but as our store stands they have been finding any reason to get rid of anyone that has a fulltime position and benefits!!! So i could go in to work tommorrow and get asked to the office and i could be gone over something really bogus!!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-12-18 01:35 pm (UTC)

My WalmMart

Your store's starting rate is more than where I work ( N.C). Here unless you are a cashier or a deli associate your starting rate is 7.45 per hour. Over night stockers get .50 more which is 7.95 per hour. Yes you feel like your being screwed because you work hard and are paid little. As it stands they are not hiring people full-time so they say I've heard different
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