What's your view on Walmart?

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I just got a job here, and I must say it's a damn chaotic one. I work in the back unloading freight and everyday you start your day wondering just how your going to make it through the day.

But I know people have various opinions on the company. Sometimes I wonder if the store is too big for it's own good. And most of the time the managers don't care what people do or how they dress to work as long as they can get the job done then it's all cool.

Every day I hear a few people complain about working here tho. You can't go a day without hearing it, and off days are like finding gold to people.

What's your view?
 

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My views? It needs more knowledgeable employees. The section workers there suck. They know nothing about a product, but better yet, they don't know where to point you in the right direction, and it's their department! The younger employees have been way more helpful than the old ones. It must be super easy to get a job there.
 
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I worked at a super center when it was just built, and we were stocking all the freight for the grand opening. For the next week, we worked 18 hours a day, straight through seven days. Our manager told us we'd taper off to 5 x 12hr days after the first week, but it didn't. We worked the entire month, 7 days a week, 18 hours a day. Great money 15 years ago lol. I still have my stock options from when I was employed.

I like Wal-Mart.
 

Inzane2050

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WalMart is trash. China, freaking China, is too expensive for WalMart's goods. WalMart is literally trying to go deeper into China to find someone cheaper to make their products. When China is too expensive to make your goods, something is very wrong with you.

Not to mention they do everything they can to prevent overtime pay.
 

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Walmart has some pretty horrible business practices. they basically bully companies into following their style or they won't do business with them. There is the imfamous example of Rubbermaid that was almost put out of business because of Walmart's coercive practices. Basically, the price of a polymer used in the production of their products went up, they gave a porportional price increase. Reasonable right? Not if your Walmart! Basically, they said, your gonna charge us the same ammount or were not going to sell your products in our store anymore. Rubbermaid said go ahead, and Walmart obliged. After a couple weeks, Rubbermaid gave Walmart the same rate. One company dictating the matters of another is coercive and terrible business practices. Or howthe sock company (can't remember the name) who was told to outsource to china to make their product cheaper to sell in stores.

I would be perfectly fine if Walmart ended. They aren't even cheaper on most things, just percieved chepaer due to their price point strategy. Basically they advertise some widget at some crazy low price. people go in to the store withthe perception of low price, but actually buy the widget they want which i the same price as every other store. Granted, they employ shitpots of people, but they are minimum wage, no skill jobs. They aren't the type of jobs that creat a positve impact on the economy.
 

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Indeed. WalMart is not really cheaper. They just throw a few "special" prices to sway everybody. But you know, your Xbox will still cost the same as any other place and that stereo you bought was an overpriced generic brand.
 

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[QUOTE="btbam, post: 5735364] Basically, they said, your gonna charge us the same ammount or were not going to sell your products in our store anymore. Rubbermaid said go ahead, and Walmart obliged. After a couple weeks, Rubbermaid gave Walmart the same rate.[/QUOTE]

That seems perfectly reasonable to me.

If Wal-Mart has no right to dictate terms to Rubbermaid, why should Rubbermaid be able to dictate terms to Wal-Mart?
 

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[QUOTE="GhostFox61, post: 5735377]That seems perfectly reasonable to me.

If Wal-Mart has no right to dictate terms to Rubbermaid, why should Rubbermaid be able to dictate terms to Wal-Mart?[/QUOTE]

Rubbermaid was not dictating WlaMart's retail prices; WalMart was dictating the prices at which the product was being sold to them for. (wholestock)

[QUOTE="keefy, post: 5735378]Walart AKA Asda in the UK they do cheap food that doesn't taste nice.
Everyone complains about their job unless they are a porn star?[/QUOTE]

Then I guess I have nothing to complain about :D
 
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i'm sure porn stars have many grievences....yup, too much sex. terrible thing.

to the OP: I'm sure its just hectic because of the holidays. Wait till mid march and you'll be bored as hell lol.
 

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[QUOTE="Inzane2050, post: 5735381]Rubbermaid was not dictating WlaMart's retail prices; WalMart was dictating the prices at which the product was being sold to them for. (wholestock) [/QUOTE]

Exactly. Rubbermaid has their conditions. WalMart has their own conditions.

Why should Rubbermaid be able to unilaterally pass on a price increase to WalMart?
 

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[QUOTE="GhostFox61, post: 5735402]Exactly. Rubbermaid has their conditions. WalMart has their own conditions.

Why should Rubbermaid be able to unilaterally pass on a price increase to WalMart?[/QUOTE]

Because it's rubbermaids product, not walmarts. If rubbermaid almost went out of business as a result. The cost of producing the product had gone up yet they were forced to sell it at an artifically low price. Only walmart benefited from that relationship. It was predatory and coercive. Just because walmart is getting it for a higher price doesn't mean they have to sell it for higher. They passed the burden on the producer which almost destroyed the company.

Let's take the opertunity to shine a light on another quality characteristic of Wally world: child labor and sweatshops. It's an awful company void of ethical consideration and morals. Some may agrue ethics has no place in business but all transactions should be guided by ethical considerations
 

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[QUOTE="btbam, post: 5735385]i'm sure porn stars have many grievences....yup, too much sex. terrible thing.

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The high risk of prostate cancer. Sometimes you see these operation scars on guys above the pelvis..that's cause they lost one nut. :lol:
 
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meh, hundreds of people in our city have jobs they otherwise wouldn't have, thanks to wal mart. I think they have plenty an impact on the economy. Regardless if they are low skilled, 7+ dollar an hour min wage jobs still create a positive impact on the local, and outlying economies.
 

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Working there now I just don't quite like there "get-er-done" attitude. They want you to do massive workloads in no time flat. They just care about getting crap done and don't seem to quite care what things are getting in the way of getting crap done.

Any employee can come to work sagging their pants all the way to the ground and they barely care. Alot of folks don't even were the uniform, or at least our uniform colors and it looks a little crappy and unprofessional.

But I don't even take our managers seriously because when I was interviewed a month ago, THEY were late to the interview and not me. By like 10-15 minutes.
 

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[QUOTE="btbam, post: 5735413]Because it's rubbermaids product, not walmarts. If rubbermaid almost went out of business as a result. The cost of producing the product had gone up yet they were forced to sell it at an artifically low price. Only walmart benefited from that relationship. It was predatory and coercive. Just because walmart is getting it for a higher price doesn't mean they have to sell it for higher. They passed the burden on the producer which almost destroyed the company.

Let's take the opertunity to shine a light on another quality characteristic of Wally world: child labor and sweatshops. It's an awful company void of ethical consideration and morals. Some may agrue ethics has no place in business but all transactions should be guided by ethical considerations[/QUOTE]

And a huge coproration liek that usually runs on the "loss leader" they sell popular products for a loss because they can make it up in other sales elsewhere in their huge stock pile.
 

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There is nothing wrong with Walmart. There are many jobs that are worse and people love to hate on large companies. Most people only complain because someone did not know anything about a certain product. There are literally thousands of items at Walmart and people expect these people to know all of it? It is a job and it is a very large store which accommodates to everyones needs. Sure it is not perfect but they sure seem to be doing something right.
 

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[QUOTE="btbam, post: 5735413]Because it's rubbermaids product, not walmarts. If rubbermaid almost went out of business as a result. The cost of producing the product had gone up yet they were forced to sell it at an artifically low price. Only walmart benefited from that relationship. It was predatory and coercive. Just because walmart is getting it for a higher price doesn't mean they have to sell it for higher. They passed the burden on the producer which almost destroyed the company.
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It is Rubbermaid's product. And they would like WalMart to sell it for them. WalMart is in no way obligated to do so. If Rubbermaid cannot meet the price point Walmart is asking for, they are free to sell their product elsewhere.

Obviously if Rubbermaid almost went out of business when Walmart stopped carrying their product, the relationship is mutually beneficial.
 
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I'm not a fan of their business practices or how they treat their employees (or any other major retailer). They are a big part of why China is balls deep in our ass right now...and I do not approve. I don't like anyone who supports slave labor, which is what Wal-Mart is all about. Whenever given the chance I shop at local mom and pop retailers over any big box store. "Save money, Live better". How about you treat your China slaves with that same regard instead of your U.S. mouth breather consumers? A thin veil hides how truly terrible they are. Some see through it...others don't give a shit out of the sake of necessity. As long as they can get a fucking toaster for 5-10 bucks, it's all good.


Our town fell victim to Wal-Mart about 10 years ago. Before then we had several photo developers with competitive prices and quality, had we about 5 local grocery stores who competed with fresher meats and produce, and we had a couple hardware stores. Now they are gone. It's as if someone dropped a nuke in the middle of our town. Everyone works there, and on payday everyone pours their money back into the place to survive. Once Wal-Mart drove all the other stores out of our town they jacked up the prices compared to their stores in other areas with competition. They also argue with you on any coupon you bring to the counter or competitors prices (which they are supposed to match). They truly are, below garbage in my eyes. The corporate machine at work....with nobody there to stop them.

To those that have kept Wal-Mart out of your towns and countries, I say more power to you. Keep it that way. They definitely aren't a positive influence by any means. If they do fight to get in, at least make sure they give your workers proper benefits and wages. It's depressing around here. The further south you go, the more shitty laborers are treated.

I support the common man, regardless of what country or race he is. I also hate anyone who steps on them to benefit. There are ways to capitalize without sacrificing worker dignity and self respect. Which is something I never see in major retailers.
 
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Inzane2050

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[QUOTE="keefy, post: 5735459]And a huge coproration liek that usually runs on the "loss leader" they sell popular products for a loss because they can make it up in other sales elsewhere in their huge stock pile.[/QUOTE]

WalMart is far from a loss leader. All they do is cut corners and do the best they can do business as cheap as they can to keep profits high. They only market a small fraction of their goods as cheap to keep you shopping there.

Thw only time I've seen a Wal-Mart act as a loss leader was when it wanted to rub the local businesses into the ground, and that has actually happens back when I lived in Oklahoma. The business they attacked only survived bcuz the building was already paid off.
 
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As far as working at walmart, I have a cousin who has worked there for two years now. He hates it and has feet problems because he is ALWAYS on his feet. It's enough to pay his bills and car note til he can move on. So yeah, it's just temporary. He's got loans and etc to catch up on and once he does that, he may leave. Then again, maybe he'll get promoted so high he won't want to leave. That's my cousin's business and that's all I'll say about it.

Now shopping at walmart. In the 1990's, walmart was a GREAT place to shop. We, my family, would shop there all the time. Then, suddenly walmart got very high in their prices. It could be things going up in price in general or it could be the new ownership I heard about in walmart.

You can still find some good bargains at walmart but it really depends on what you buy. Food wise they decent but video game prices are just outrageous. They want an arm for a used game. But hey, I would rather buy from walmart than gamestop, which charges same price on new accessories on old, off brand used accessories.

That's my 2 cent.
 

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[QUOTE="GhostFox61, post: 5735532]It is Rubbermaid's product. And they would like WalMart to sell it for them. WalMart is in no way obligated to do so. If Rubbermaid cannot meet the price point Walmart is asking for, they are free to sell their product elsewhere.

Obviously if Rubbermaid almost went out of business when Walmart stopped carrying their product, the relationship is mutually beneficial.[/QUOTE]

rubbermaid wasn't threated because of the sales, it was threatened because the price point was too low to sufficently cover their expenses
 

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I used to be a full time cashier at a walmart. Honestly it wasn't bad BUT I know it's because where I lived and who worked there. We had 2 managers the were assholes the others were very helpful an would actually look out for you.

The other employers were all nice an I actually enjoyed hanging out with them. Now they all were chicks exept for me so that was a bonus ;). The pay was pretty messed up though. My paychecks were always different and I swear sometimes a week I worked more would have way less than it should.

My store wasn't really busy either so I remember times of just talking to co-workers for hours at a time.

As for business practices an economy stuff as long as I can get my zebra cakes an OJ I'm cool


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[QUOTE="btbam, post: 5735731]rubbermaid wasn't threated because of the sales, it was threatened because the price point was too low to sufficently cover their expenses[/QUOTE]

So they had an unsustainable business model given the needs of their distribution network.

It sounds like they should have gone out of business.
 

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[QUOTE="unicron7, post: 5735666]I'm not a fan of their business practices or how they treat their employees (or any other major retailer). They are a big part of why China is balls deep in our ass right now...and I do not approve. I don't like anyone who supports slave labor, which is what Wal-Mart is all about. Whenever given the chance I shop at local mom and pop retailers over any big box store. "Save money, Live better". How about you treat your China slaves with that same regard instead of your U.S. mouth breather consumers? A thin veil hides how truly terrible they are. Some see through it...others don't give a shit out of the sake of necessity. As long as they can get a fucking toaster for 5-10 bucks, it's all good.


Our town fell victim to Wal-Mart about 10 years ago. Before then we had several photo developers with competitive prices and quality, had we about 5 local grocery stores who competed with fresher meats and produce, and we had a couple hardware stores. Now they are gone. It's as if someone dropped a nuke in the middle of our town. Everyone works there, and on payday everyone pours their money back into the place to survive. Once Wal-Mart drove all the other stores out of our town they jacked up the prices compared to their stores in other areas with competition. They also argue with you on any coupon you bring to the counter or competitors prices (which they are supposed to match). They truly are, below garbage in my eyes. The corporate machine at work....with nobody there to stop them.

To those that have kept Wal-Mart out of your towns and countries, I say more power to you. Keep it that way. They definitely aren't a positive influence by any means. If they do fight to get in, at least make sure they give your workers proper benefits and wages. It's depressing around here. The further south you go, the more shitty laborers are treated.

I support the common man, regardless of what country or race he is. I also hate anyone who steps on them to benefit. There are ways to capitalize without sacrificing worker dignity and self respect. Which is something I never see in major retailers.[/QUOTE]


This is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo damn damn true. If you work in the back like I do, we are completely treated like crap by some of the managers. And some regular associates don't even appreciate what we do. It's hell putting up with the crap we do back there and dealing with the asstons of freight that comes in everyday. And your best is never good enough. There not even paying me what I'm supposed to be starting at.

I'm seriously considering leaving at the end of the year and not long after it now. I really don't want to, but this isn't a job, it's effing bootcamp. No really..... it's bootcamp.