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Mistreated Walmart Employees Speak Out Against Company (UPDATED)


Every time I turn around another email comes in so I'll continue to update this story with what I reckon isn't just coincidence or sour grapes. Rather, I think we're seeing real-time evidence of the issues Walmart faces and must take action to rectify immediately. 

First, keep my name out of it. Second, everything you've been writing about Walmart is spot on. I know; I've worked at 3 different stores in 2 states over the past 4 years. They all have the same problem. Employees are bullied and are expected to do the work of 10 people because corporate refuses to allow the individual stores any kind of leeway when it comes to hiring or hours. It's pretty much an abusive environment and a hellhole, and you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't hate working there. Of course, you will find people that are either paid to lie about it or who are afraid of losing their jobs before they've got another to replace it. I'm in the latter category, but I am actively looking for an escape route now. It's harder to find than most people think. Wish me luck. And remember, keep my name out of it.

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I do price matching at a Columbia MO Walmart for a local competitor. What has shocked me the most is that they pull the merchandise to redo an area....and leave it bare for two or three days. They bring their reshot carts to an area and have left them for several days also. From a business standpoint, it just doesn't make sense.

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The associates at my Wal-Mart store would completely agree to everything that is being said about the company. Not enough associates , cut hours and Management is working everyone that is there to the point of completely exhaustion. I have been with the company 10 yrs next month.

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After reading through you Walmart articles I must say that I am in full agreement with you. I have seen all of what you are talking about firsthand.  Just last year I took a temporary position at the local Walmart here for the holidays.  I worked the overnight stocking part. Usually in the grocery area. We were told, point blank, that if a product didn't fit in the proper place that we were just to "put it someplace" as they wanted very limited stock to be returned to the back room.  Why was this?  Because the back room was so over-loaded there was VERY little space for additions. 

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Please do not use my name. I need to keep this job until I can retire next year. I agree with all the comments that have been made about Walmart. I have been with the company for over seven years and have worked in three Walmarts in three states. Each one of these Walmarts has gotten progressively worse. I currently work for a rural Walmart in Southern Michigan. I find it deplorable that we are so understaffed that assistant managers have to work freight, zone, push carts, run registers and still do their everyday jobs.

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I recently read your article on Walmart and everything everyone is saying is true. I worked for them for 5 years. I recently quit because of how unappreciated and worthless the company made me feel ... I probably will regret it when I have to pay rent this coming month but I am so happy with my decision now on wanted to thank you for your article and showing people the truth.

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All of these issues were present in Wal-Mart when I left the company 8 years ago after 13 years as a manager. We always needed to "beat" last year in sales and expenses. If sales weren't there, we had to cut payroll. We would literally get a call in the morning from the district manager complaining that our payroll percent was too high and get ordered to cut a certain amount of hours out THAT DAY'S payroll. We would have to get on the phones and call employees and cancel their shifts and walk the store sending people home. But we were still expected to have a stocked, clean store. obviously that wasn't and isn't possible. Trust me, as a manager I wanted a well run store and knew what needed to be done, but I wasn't allowed to. 

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Thank you for shedding light on one of the many issues WM has, I am an ex Assistant Mgr with 10yrs there and a bachelors degree in business, I have seen what really happens under the mat and have been the puppet of "upper mgmt". I finally had enough one day and walked out, I was never contacted from anyone in the company. I assume it is easier to just let me go than to have someone who questions immoral directive. 

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I retired from Kmart (Sears Holdings) after 23 years. I started working for them in 1984 and reading the comments on Walmart  are exactly what we said over the years as Kmart declined. Cut staff, cut budget, cut hours to the point that it was a slave environment. Associates suggestions were not acknowledged, management meetings were unproductive as managers were not allowed input. Stores got dirty, staff was non-existent for the most part. Resets were not completed because staff was unloading trucks. Never enough time and never good enough. Walmart is the same story, different name and different day. Please do not use my name.

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--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors, reporters and analysts from holding positions in any individual stocks. Rocco Pendola is a columnist for TheStreet. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.
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