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Why Wal-Mart is a horrible place to work


Effective January 1st 2015, employees who work less than 30 hours per week at Wal-Mart will no longer have health insurance. The company is claiming that higher health care costs will still hurt Wal-Mart to the tune of $170 million for the fiscal year.

Wal-Mart has a long history of treating their employees poorly. We won’t mention the little girl nearly decapitated by a fishing line or the customer shot by police in a Wal-Mart for holding a toy gun, or the series of parking lot rapes due to Wal-Mart’s non-existent security. We’ll just stick to how they compensate their employees.

In February, a Wal-Mart worker answered questions on Gawker that raised quite a stir. The worker pointed out that managers are given incentive to fire employees so that their wages do not increase and payroll remains low.

70% of their employees leave within the first year. I know some who have taken that one step further, like Sam Tabar, who left after a month! You must work one full year at Wal-Mart to get a raise. Because of “salary caps”, some employees have not received a raise in nine years. All employees must be available to work every day, including Christmas.

The average Wal-Mart employee earns 20% less than the average retail worker. The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy claims that Wal-Mart’s pay is $10,000 less than what a family of two needs to survive. There have been times, including in 2001, when full time employees were still living under the poverty line (that’s less than $14,630 for a year’s work).

In 2008, Walmart settled massive lawsuits over wage violations based primarily around Wal-Mart forcing employees to work off the clock. They handed out over 350 million dollars to avoid going to court.

  1. Kristi Rosales

    Unfortunately many Americans do not have the skills or education to find a better job. Wal-Mart excels at finding new ways to give these people even less in exchange for an honest day’s work. I can have a lot of rush my essays reviews in line and make they a well catered for like they did too.

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