FLASH: SOMETHING’S WRONG AT WALMART…!

So writes Mark Gimein at Slate. There are literally thousands of corporations I know nothing about, but I flatter myself to think I've learned a bit about Walmart and I have to remind myself that there are many other journalists not so fortunate. They are too busy covering vast tracks of information to stay focused anwhere for more than a moment. Gimain begins this way:
Some years ago, while writing an article about Wal-Mart (WMT) for a business magazine, I found myself talking to a former Wal-Mart cashier about the job she’d quit, and asked her why it was that almost all the cashiers there were women. “Probably men don’t want those jobs,” she told me. Which made sense: The quota-driven, dead-end job she’d described wasn’t one I’d wanted much, either. “But wait a second,” I said, “you didn’t want that job either, right?”
But you have to eat, you have to clothe yourself, you have to take are of your children as best you can. In a childish sense, beggars can't be choosers. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

3 Responses to “FLASH: SOMETHING’S WRONG AT WALMART…!”

  1. Ann Finster says:

    I am a cashier at Walmart. I was laid off from work that paid $20 an hour. I now make $7.90 an hour. I have been with Walmart ten weeks and am deeply moved at the flexibility of schedule that I have, the gentleness of my supervisors and kindness of my co-workers. The work ethic of associates is I think unsurpassed. The work environment is very protective of individual rights. The benefits are generous in this economy. Bonuses, often quarterly. Raises annually. (My last job NO ONE had a raise in five years). I love working in the cross road of enterprise. I am awed at the superior work being performed in a melting pot of cultures. I am deeply grateful to have been unemployed for only four hours and I expect to stay a cashier for the remainder of my working life. Why? It gives me personal freedom that I value to persue other interests. Low pay??? It allows me to have benefits. Higher pay would cause me to reduce my working hours because of Social Security requirements for early retirement. I LIKE to work. It is a kick for me to chat with the interesting folks that come by. It is job security. And I am having fun… A real plus in this economic environment.

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Ann,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to share your story. We build our community with our conversations.

    I’m happy for you that you have found yourself in an economic reality where you can weather a 61 percent decrease in your hourly wage and a real decrease in the number of hours you choose to work in a week. You are truly fortunate in this economy to have the ability to make those kinds of hard choices without deprivation.

    Few, however, would find themselves with your flexibility

    Please stay in touch and let us know your experiences over the coming months.

    B’shalom,

    Jeff

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