Boycott Walmart? Walmart Employee Tells All About Workplace Silencing

Today, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, we take a moment to take a look at the other side of the coin: how Walmart employees’ working conditions are and how they’re treated by the company for speaking out.

What are they speaking out for? Better hours, a livable wage, time off. According to HearldOnline, walkouts in Dallas, Miami, Wisconsin and Bay Area kicked off strikes in more than 100 cities with more than 1,000 Black Friday protests in 46 States.

Here’s the note from a friend (emphasis added):

Hey Eric,

I know we do not communicate much, but I would like to ask you a favor.

I have to remain unknown

because I work there, and also you have much more standing in social media that I do. I want to post some opinions on the Walmart black Friday walkouts, but fear of retaliation from the company keeps me from it.

Walmart is not afraid to fire every associate in a store.

I want people to know that Walmart will fire/retaliate against those that do walk out.  Even if 100% of a stores associates walkout, they will retaliate. They will even close a store down and open a new one a few blocks or a mile away and hire all new people. The reason people want to walkout is because of the way they treat us.

They cut our hours, a lot.

They don’t care if you are sick. Our absentee policy is horrible. You are only allowed to be absent 6 times in 6 months (revolving..ie aug. to feb.) no matter what, unless you “have it good” with a manager who will just “job code it” so it will not count against you. Which means you basically have to be friend with the said manager. They can fire you for 6 absent days, even if you had say, had chemo and did not get your time off. Without the red tape of a leave-of -absence form and chance of losing scheduled days.

They will retaliate if you change your availability,

by really cutting your hours if they do not like your availability (and they say they offer flexible schedules for school, kids and such).

The managers expect you to do the work of 3 or 4 people

and get mad when you can not finish your work by the time your shift ends. Even if they gave you way too much 30 minutes before the end of your shift. If you stay late to finish the work that day, you better cut the time off on your lunch one day before the end of the week. If you leave too early more than 3 times in 6 months it too counts as an absence. Even if you were told to leave early, they tend to forget to code it correctly in the computer and you are penalized for it. That one happened to me.

You can not work more that 40 hours or be subject to a coaching.

They used to have a department manager and associates for every, evry department in the store, now they expect 1 person to be the department manager for 3 sometimes 4 department, and give them one associate to help them get the work done. It was hard enough to keep up with before with more people.

They micro manage your time like crazy

and if you forget to scan into the computer by a certain pre selected by management time that you finished, say, stocking the shelves in your department ( even if you did not finish) you can be coached or fired, you better scan that you finished anyway (oh and if they check if you finished and you scanned you did, you can be coached…damned if you do damned if you don’t, if they feel like it).

The management is so rude to us.

New managers hire in, never say hello, never introduce themselves, just start bossing you around.

Sam Walton never believed in this way of running a company,

and I think he would be ashamed of the way it has changed since his passing. Despite all that I have said, and trust me, there is a whole lot more, I still enjoy my job. Not because of the company, but because I really like people, and I enjoy the challenge of making all my customers have better day (even the jerks).

I like Walmart,

they have given me a decent life for the past 5 years. I just don’t like the way the are becoming, and to be honest it sucks to be afraid of your job because you have asthma and illnesses that cause you to be absent sometimes.

I don’t want to loose my job because I get sick.

They will also fire us if we talk bad about the company, complain, or anything like that.

You can be fired if a manager overs you mention unions,

they are completely against them and you sign a form practically not literally saying you would never even think about the word. Talks about walkouts at Walmart are so taboo everyone is afraid to even think the words.

Please forgive me for going on and on and on.

I just wish I could post my opinions without fear.

If you would say a few words on my (anonymous) behalf, not just on fb, but anywhere you can, ( just refer to me as friend or someone you know, I would be so grateful. Everyone I see posting opinions are former employees, mean customers, and haters. I want to see someone who works there and likes their job post, but we just can’t. For fear.

Eric, thank you for your time. I apologize for any misspelled words, typos, or just bad grammar  I am typing this from my cheap phone, and I will be lucky if any of this reaches you. Hopefully, with the way my phone is I did not post this to my wall…lol. Thanks again.

What do you think about Walmart working conditions? Does this affect wanting to shop there?

The postings in this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent the opinions or positions of  my employer.

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