posted on Aug, 22 2009 @ 05:35 PM
While my situation sucks and I thank you for your replies to the matter, Wal*Mart is not the evil dictator that everyone plays it out to be.
Here is why I believe this:
Every store is not a model of perfection, yes, however they do try to do the best they can with the changing times and the overhauls that it takes for
the company to stay the #1 retailer in the world. When you are on top you need to be 20 steps ahead of the competition and unfortunately the
associates sometimes get left in the dust.
As far as management goes, and I am not under confidentiality law anymore considering my release I can tell you that management is scheduled to be put
on 12 hour days and four day work weeks coming by the beginning of next year. This is supposed to help maximize associate interaction and coverage in
each of the stores, also in providing a healthier work-life balance among management. This is proably the key reason that so many people have bad
experiences and is one of the #1 reasons I got fired was because I didn't have time for everyone. I was expected to do the work of 5 people plus my
own duties in running our 160 employees, cleaning up the store, resolving customer issues, and ensuring a smooth inventory flow/ordering
process/planning process in the meantime. This was an absolute bitch to juggle the various aspects of the stores' operations for one person.
I will not begin to deny that there are managers out there who abuse the system, and store managers who allow it, it is wrong and I will be the first
to admit that, however there are alot of good managers out there who are trying very hard to improve the way of life of the customer and the
associate. The biggest issue that is taking place is that there is alot of kickback amongst the associates vs. management. Things are changing and
alot of the long-term associates do not like it, therefore they do not want to change what they are familiar and comfortable with.
The bottom line and whole purpose of this thread was to prove or disprove that Walmart is a conspiracy in the making by sucking up the states' and
governments' budget handouts. I'm sorry but working on the inside and knowing how difficult it is to run even a small division 1 store I can
honestly tell you there is no conspiracy there. They are struggling to make things work just as everyone else is in this economy, only they have to
deal with hundreds of thousands of workers and a few billion people on top of that.
One of the biggest kickers is that WalMart has recently changed head honchos and alot of the upper regional and home office management has either
retired or moved to different areas of the world for a change of pace or other reasons. This is causing big wakes in the current recession and
doesn't really help matters much right now.
All in all I am sorry that so many of you have gotten in trouble and either lost their jobs like I did or had their hours reduced, but in the case of
the Maintainence worker who had his hours changed......The store manager made his descision based on the total store need, not the needs of one
individual. Unfortunately for you, and it was the same in our store as well, the buisiness need comes first, then the associate need. This is the
order that the company plays.
Now before you go flaming me for this, I'll explain why so there is clarity: The buisiness need is THE CUSTOMER NEED. The store must be taken care of
as a whole before the transportation issues of one associate can be taken into account. Unfortunately, if management on every level tried to
"accommodate" every associate, the company would be bankrupt and wouldn't last the year. It simply isn't possible. I honestly believe that you
were not personally singled out and discriminated against, however you do have to take a step back after the fact and look at it from the other
perspective and think about why the descision was made and that they have alot more to worry about as far as consequences than you do.
Conspiracy, no. I know better.