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  • Dec 13, 2008
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I used to go shopping with my family a lot at Wal-mart.  My grandma LOVED this place.  And really it was a very nice place to shop in the 80's and 90's.  Over time though this place has gone from bad to worse.  And sometimes I don't see how people ever shop there.
I started working for Wal-mart back in 2003.  I got hired as a cashier part time making just over $6 an hour.  It was a pay cut from my previous job, but I really needed to get out of that place and I knew a cashier's job would be easy.  I generally loved the job, I mean yeah you'd get grouchy customers or people who think you can read their mind and KNOW they want their veggies WITH their meat, but hey that's retail for ya!

I was promoted to Customer Service Manager about 4 months after I was hired, which I thought was awesome because I never had the opportunity to be a supervisor before so it was all new territory for me.  I really enjoyed it for the most part.  Loved being able to help the customers, being able to go to break when I wanted, loved helping the cashiers, etc.  It was always a learning experience for me.  Everyday there was some new situation I wasn't sure how to handle or get past.  I loved that aspect of the job, never a dull moment at Wal-mart, that's for sure!
Over time though things changed, just as they do at every other job.  Some changes were for the good and others not so much, but I learned to just deal with it the best way I knew how and make the best of it.  One major change was Wal-mart getting rid of Layaway a few years ago.  It was the worst time to get rid of it, right before the Holidays.  People were so upset and I really had no answers for them other than it was a corporate decision and offered for them to speak with higher management.

I was there for about 5 1/2 years total before enough was enough and I had to get out.  The store manager there was the worst and he made everyone else feel miserable working under him.  My supervisor seemed to play favorites and I was not on that list!  Not that I got into trouble or wouldn't meet deadlines, etc.  She would tell us we were doing a good job, then add a ..."but" in there and it just seemed like no matter what things were not good enough.   Bad part is I wasn't even making $10 an hour by the time I left.  I was still part time becasue they weren't allowing any associates to go full time.  Then they started cutting my hours down to 23 hours a week because they had a total of 15 CSM's and not enough hours to use them thanks to their new automated schedule system.
Eventually I had enough of that place, all the wrong doings, all the drama, all the unethical people was just too much.  If I went to a member of management for a problem it never got taken care of and I finally had enough, so I put in my 2 weeks.
These days I rarely go into that place unless I have to, most times I will go to our local grocery store or Aldi's to get groceries.  I tend to shop more at K-mart and Target now more than I ever used to.  
Botton line, Wal-mart changed a lot in 5 years, and no wonder people are so ticked off when they bring in yet another Supercenter to a small town.

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September 09, 2010
Great review!
February 09, 2010
They began changing my local Walmart into a Supercenter, and it is a real nightmare. Great review; it really highlights the negative aspects of working at Walmart, and not just of shopping there.
January 28, 2009
I have just one thing to say, WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICES< A great documentary and the main reason why I would never, ever set foot inside one of those stores.
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Wal-Mart (now Walmart in its new logo) is the world's largest public corporation. It was founded in 1962 by Sam Walton as a general merchandise retail store but has since grown into large, "big-box" centers that even include grocers in some locations (known as Walmart Supercenters). The company employs more than 2,000,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. 
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