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Llamas
04-22-2012, 01:44 PM
http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/04/walmart-doing-damage-control-overtimes-story.html

I really like how the video seems like something they made years ago and were just sitting on in case they needed it. Could they possibly make it any less sincere?

Also, glad to see Walmart is practicing its shady policies all over the world and not just in the US.

Good comment under the article: "It would be inappropriate for us to comment further on the specific allegations until we have finished the investigation." In other words, "Let's just get the heat off of ourselves for now, then we can pay off whoever we need to get the outcome we want".

bighead384
04-24-2012, 03:31 PM
Oh dear God. Do yourself a favor and read this:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/i-worked-at-walmart-for-two-years-and-i-actually-really-liked-it.html

Wal-Mart paid off a guy to write this, plain and simple. It doesn't even sound like a real person.

Almost every sentence of this article is a covert defense of the criticisms that Wal-Mart faces. You know, cause that's how a real person would talk.

Llamas
04-24-2012, 04:04 PM
Oh dear God. Do yourself a favor and read this:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/i-worked-at-walmart-for-two-years-and-i-actually-really-liked-it.html

Wal-Mart paid off a guy to write this, plain and simple. It doesn't even sound like a real person.

Almost every sentence of this article is a covert defense of the criticisms that Wal-Mart faces. You know, cause that's how a real person would talk.

Hahahaha oh my god. I worked at Target, and it sounds very similar (though Target wasn't quite as bad.)

"Walmart taught me exactly how to deal with customers, and in my personal life, people, that could be considered difficult to handle."

Dear god no. It teaches you to suck up and be a passive little wuss against assholes who have nothing better to do than make a powerless employee who's afraid of losing their shit job feel like crap.

"Walmart works to make each associate feel like an owner. Each is given a scanning gun that could check stock levels. If something is out, the average employee on the floor orders goods to be in the department. This really encourages associates to know what sells in their departments, since it's up to them to make sure the hottest sellers are in stock."

This is just hilarious. No employee feels like an owner because he carries some dumb scanner. Pay me a few grand a month and let me make actual decisions in the company, and then maybe I'll feel like an owner.

"The company also wanted us to know what was going on from a broader perspective. Every evening I would go to a meeting with the store manager, who would tell us the stock price, how much we had sold that day, and if there were other expectations before we left for the night."

We also did this at Target. And let me tell you how many people listened to the meeting or gave a shit how much we sold or what our goals were: Zero. That's how many.

"The best thing that I learned at Walmart was that hard work was recognized and rewarded. I worked hard and came back during a break from college to be promoted to work in the photo lab (more responsibility, higher rate of pay). I also saw many full-time employees that I worked with move up to become department managers, assistant store managers, and even move on to the corporate office."

This I did see. People who were working on degrees in cool shit who started working there to pay their way through school... got sucked in by corporate promises, moved the ladder, and ended up fucking hating their lives.

"However, I also saw the opposite end of the spectrum. Some fellow associates seemed content to do the bare minimum and didn't go anywhere in the company because of it. In fact, they are still at the same level."

That's what I did. Cause I hated that job and only did it to pay for college so that I could go get a real job I enjoyed.

Thanks for sharing that article. Was an amusing read. I wanna punch that guy in the face.

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My Name Was Taken
04-24-2012, 05:05 PM
Actually, I know two Walmart employees. Travis has worked there nine years and he thinks it's the best job in the world. At 24 years old, Nine years is a LONG time. He'd talk about it just like the guy who wrote that article. In fact, he calls Walmart "my [his] store"
I really don't know Calvin's opinions, but he seems happy, too.

bighead384
04-24-2012, 05:16 PM
Actually, I know two Walmart employees. Travis has worked there nine years and he thinks it's the best job in the world. At 24 years old, Nine years is a LONG time. He'd talk about it just like the guy who wrote that article. In fact, he calls Walmart "my [his] store"
I really don't know Calvin's opinions, but he seems happy, too.
Oh, well if Travis and Calvin think that, then that's good enough for me. Yay Wal-Mart. lol.

Omni
04-24-2012, 06:24 PM
I worked at Walmart for two years. I liked it for awhile. I think Walmart is a pretty good company for the most part, actually.

Llamas
04-24-2012, 06:42 PM
I worked at Walmart for two years. I liked it for awhile. I think Walmart is a pretty good company for the most part, actually.

1) are you sure you liked the company and not just your coworkers?

2) what other jobs have you had?

Omni
04-24-2012, 06:59 PM
1) are you sure you liked the company and not just your coworkers?

2) what other jobs have you had?


Yes, I liked the company. At the time of my hire, they paid like a full dollar an hour higher than the other retail competition - or even more, depending on what department you worked in. They offered decent benefits (but not great), it was actually pretty easy to move up in the company if you really wanted to, they were throwing little parties and whatnot for us all the time, and raises came steadily. But I also really liked my co-workers, too. Of course, when the recession started, it turned into an entirely different company, but I will never forget how impressed I was for that first year or so at how well everything was ran there.

Maybe because I actually live in northwest Arkansas where the company got its start, all of the stores are a lot better kept and managed, and these scandals just don't happen. But Walmart has done a lot to build up the area around here.

bighead384
04-26-2012, 12:56 PM
I'm surprised no one has an opinion on whether or not this article is fake. I honestly thought that it would blow up as being controversial in media outlets and whatnot.

Too me, it just seems like rather having a "good experience vs bad experience" theme, the author goes out of his way to defend Wal-Mart. I can see that happening to some extent because it's topical, but this guy actually defended the company as it were his own interests at stake.

@Omni: What other retail competition are you talking about? Do you truly know a lot about their wages/benefits/other working conditions?

Llamas
04-26-2012, 01:09 PM
I'm surprised no one has an opinion on whether or not this article is fake. I honestly thought that it would blow up as being controversial in media outlets and whatnot.

Too me, it just seems like rather having a "good experience vs bad experience" theme, the author goes out of his way to defend Wal-Mart. I can see that happening to some extent because it's topical, but this guy actually defended the company as it were his own interests at stake.

@Omni: What other retail competition are you talking about? Do you truly know a lot about their wages/benefits/other working conditions?

I think that it hasn't exploded because here, on this one topic, people agree with you. It's probably fake.

bighead384
04-27-2012, 10:25 AM
I don't mean on these boards, I mean in general. It just seems pathetic that Wal-Mart would do this. It's a new low. I also feel like the fact that the article exists is an insult to the intelligence of the general public.

Furthermore, I goes against what conservatives rail about (the liberal media) and rather exposes the truth: that the media often protects CORPORATE interests, as the mainstream media is owned and influenced by corporations.