Walmart Kicks Off On-the-Spot Employee Promotions

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Wal-Mart Investors (FILE - In this May 9, 2013 file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Hab
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NEW YORK -- Walmart Stores is banking on on-the-spot surprise promotions of about 25,000 U.S. store employees to help send a message that it offers economic security and opportunity.

The world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer will be kicking off the promotions at ceremonies Tuesday in its Secaucus, N.J., store and about 15 other markets including Atlanta and Denver. It will dispatch top executives to stores nationwide for similar events for the rest of its fiscal year, which ends in late January. The mostly hourly workers will be promoted to different jobs -- some to store management positions -- and will receive higher pay.

"It's good a time as any to tell our story," said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart's U.S. namesake division. He will be in Secaucus on Tuesday at a ceremony to promote six to eight workers.

The move is an addition to Walmart's announcement in September that it would move 35,000 workers from temporary to part-time status and another 35,000 from part time to full time by year-end. The campaign builds on a theme the discounter pushed throughout the year, including at its annual shareholders' meeting in June, in which it cast the company as a place where employees have a chance to advance.
It has often highlighted that 75 percent of its store management teams started as hourly associates.

The latest campaign comes as Walmart Stores Inc. (WMT) remains a target of attacks by critics, particularly union-backed groups that have argued the discounter puts profit ahead of its workers and pays meager wages.

Last week, OUR Walmart, a group of current and former workers that have been staging protests at its stores, held a press conference in Washington, to pressure the discounter to pay all of its full-time workers at least $25,000 a year. It's planning another round of protests at its stores on the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional kickoff for the holiday shopping season.

The union-backed group latched on to a comment that Simon made at the Goldman Sachs retail investor conference last month when he said that more than 475,000 Walmart workers earned more than $25,000 last year. OUR Walmart inferred that with Walmart employing 1.3 million workers in the U.S., about 825,000, or 63 percent, make less than $25,000 a year.

Walmart says the group has distorted the figure, noting that more than 70 percent of its full-time hourly workers who have worked at its stores and its distribution centers for more than a year make at least $25,000. Walmart isn't counting those who work at its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters or as drivers. Walmart doesn't break down numbers for part-time and full-time workers but noted that full-time workers account for the majority of its workforce.


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scott

try paying them that would make them happy

October 31 2013 at 9:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
seattlewkr

Great!

Now a few more of their employees can afford Christmas lights for their trailers this year.

October 31 2013 at 10:04 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dltanner7

How about giving your employees a decent wage and trim some of the fat off your overhead Walmart. Wow, a decent wage, what a novel approach to make people feel good.

October 30 2013 at 2:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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willypfistergash

Wages are part of overhead

October 31 2013 at 8:14 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
turnkey181

Good company for an undercover boss show. Would never happen. 1. Walmart would be afraid to have it's so called disgruntled employees possibly airing their dislikes about the company. 2. undercover boss is "hollywooded up" in my opinion being that it's edited and scripted and there's underlying things which the viewing public doesnt know. 3. too many stores for walmart to choose from and you know they wouldnt choose a less than apealing one. 4. it would be the hihest rated show that week-if it were unedited and truthful.

October 30 2013 at 11:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
abcadams1

Let's hope the promotions include lots of women this time. WalMart has already had class-action lawsuits with men getting promoted over women.

October 30 2013 at 10:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
girardjoe

They keep trying. Their other employee morale boosters did not do so well.
1. Work or get Fired
2. Do more work with Fewer benefits
3. Put in more hours and not get paid for them
4. If you don't like it here get a job some where else, Oh Ya we drove everyone else out of business.
5. We are giving you more time off so we don't have to give you ANY benefits at all
6. Stop complaining or you get to wash down the bath rooms.

October 30 2013 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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dweeeb.buster

You mean if Walmart employees refuse to work they could actually be fired from their jobs?

EEEEK

October 30 2013 at 11:21 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
up.yours

How about Walmart paying a living wage?

October 30 2013 at 9:35 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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willypfistergash

How about defining a living wage?

October 31 2013 at 8:14 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Ike Reeves

When I read that Walmart had a program to boost employee morale, I thought they got everyone jobs at Costco.

October 30 2013 at 9:14 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
pdbliz

People,,I really do not like Walmart either,,,,,,,But,,it is not the goverments place to destroy it in print....
Walmart employes a lot of people,,no.1 in America......
And,,,let me say this,,,,,75% of the employes get Medicaid...section 8 homes,,,ebt food card,,,,health insurance,,,,all free from the government,,then,,at end of year,,get a huge tax break on the illegal kids they have out of wed lock.....
And,,,top that off,,,,,get tax credits and a huge refund check...
But,,all that is fixing to end,,,thanks to OBAMA CARE......If you fail to pay the fine,,or take insurance,,,,,,,,you get the money cut out of your tax refund.!!!!!!
THANK YOU DEMOCRATES,,,YOU ARE SCREWING YOUR OWN PEOPLE.!!!!

October 30 2013 at 8:51 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
pdbliz

To the DUMB,,,,STUPID YOUNG AMERICANS.!!!!! No one tells you to go to Walmart to look for a job......No one holds your hand,,,,...GET A LIFE OTHER THAN WHAT THE GOVERMENT WANTS TO DICATE TO YOU...
I am sick of hearing,,,,YOU DESERVE IT.!!!!! to hell you do.!!!!!
Get off you ass,,,,,and hunt a real job,,,instead of a government funded welfare job...
I do feel sorry for the youth of today.......BRAINED WASHED BY DEMOCRATES.!!!
DEMOCRATES FOUNDED THE KKK......GOOGLE IT..........DEMOCRATES VOTED AGAINST THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT.....GOOGLE IT...
MY DEMOCRATE FRIENDS......PLEASE GOOGLE THIS,,,SEE FOR YOUR SELF.....
JUST GOOGLE IN ,,,DEMCRATE KKK.....READ IT WELL,,,,,,,GOOGLE IN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1963..........READ WELL..
YOU ARE MODERN DAY SLAVES TO ...OLD AL...JESSIE,,,,,,,AND JESSIE JR IS IN JAIL FOR SPENDING YOUR DONATION MONEY.....

October 30 2013 at 8:47 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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John Meltorment

what a croc

October 30 2013 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Avid

You have friends?

October 03 2014 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply