Hey Walmart, It’s Hard to Make Sales When Store Shelves Are Empty

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One way that Walmart keeps prices low is with minimal staffing levels in stores. But shoppers and workers alike are complaining that Walmart is understaffed, and the results include annoyingly long checkout lines and shelves that are barren—because there’s no one available to restock them.

A new Bloomberg News article lays out the argument that Walmart stores just don’t have enough employees on the job:

In the past five years, the world’s largest retailer added 455 U.S. Wal-Mart stores, a 13 percent increase, according to filings and the company’s website. In the same period, its total U.S. workforce, which includes Sam’s Club employees, dropped by about 20,000, or 1.4 percent.

It’s not surprising that the story features plenty of anecdotal evidence from customers relating their frustrating experiences dealing with Walmart workers, who seem overburdened and/or inept. “You wait 20, 25 minutes for someone to help you, then the person was not trained on mixing paint,” said one customer, a father of six from California who was trying to buy wall paint. “It was like, you have to help them help you.”

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What may be surprising, however, is that Walmart employees feel strongly enough about understaffing that they’re talking to the press about it. “The merchandise is in the store, it just can’t make the jump from the shelf in the back to the one in the front,” a meat and dairy stocker who works at a Walmart in Erie, Pa., said. “There’s not the people to do it.” Other workers say that stores miss out on sales because there aren’t enough employees to answer customer questions and get items out from behind jewelry counters. Walmart workers also claim that store managers get bonuses partly by keeping employee payrolls down.

The story comes one month after another Bloomberg News piece featured the minutes of a Walmart meeting, in which executives reportedly said stores were “getting worse” at restocking shelves, and that “self-inflicted wounds” represented the “biggest risk” to the company.

A few months before that, Reuters reported on a group of Walmart employees claiming that low levels of staffing, as well as subpar wages and unsafe working conditions, have led to chronic long lines and haphazard restocking inside stores. In one instance, a Walmart store supposedly wound up having to throw away 2,000 pounds of Halloween candy because it didn’t make it onto store shelves in time for the holiday. And in the fall of 2011, yet another Bloomberg News story quoted experts who were concerned that Walmart stores were understaffed to the point that it was hurting sales:

“You cannot keep cutting labor hours and expect the shelves to get filled, especially when you have more products to be replenished,” Colin McGranahan, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein in New York, said in an interview. “Store-level execution is coming down. There are only a few ways to cut corners without unintended repercussions, and that’s what is happening at Wal-Mart.”

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Walmart denies that it’s stores are understaffed, and that it has problems getting merchandise onto shelves. “Our in stock levels are up significantly in the last few years, so the premise of this story, which is based on the comments of a handful of people, is inaccurate and not representative of what is happening in our stores across the country,” company spokesperson Brooke Buchanan said in a statement released to Bloomberg. “Two-thirds of Americans shop in our stores each month because they know they can find the products they are looking for at low prices.”

86 comments
BrettYarberry
BrettYarberry

The walmart near my house is always understocked and understaffed. There is never staff to answer questions, and when you do, they just guess and tell you where something "might" be. Other stores in the area will have a staff take you over to where the items are on the shelf with no problems. Also, there are always long lines, because they only seam to have 2 lanes open at any time. Compared to other stores that have 8 or more lanes open when they are busy.

AngelinaSmith
AngelinaSmith

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AlanGibs
AlanGibs

I have to say, just came from the Ravenna, Ohio Walmart, empty shelves, could not buy 25% of what was on my list, frozen veggies, almost empty, maybe the store's inventory is up because its all in the back because there is nobody to put it on the shelves.

Rjm21666
Rjm21666

Why is the media so quiet about the mass firing of managers country wide, yesterday, from Sam's Clubs?  It is supposed to be for "restructuring" but the store in Roanoke, VA just fired 7 managers in one day. 

bonteheuwelkhayelitsha
bonteheuwelkhayelitsha

Every time I find my favourite food at Walmart (and get used to it being there), they STOP selling it ar at least they move it to another location in the store, so I can't find it... that happened so many times, I decided, they don't want me there... so I stopped shopping at Walmart.

BSF1
BSF1

To all the critics of Walmart - if everything is so bad, why do you continue to shop there? Is Walmart the only store in town? If they suddenly lost a large percentage of customers country-wide, maybe they would get the message. Don't continue to be victimized: SHOP ELSEWHERE!!

kimartin
kimartin

Store managers have TOLD my husband that the shelves aren't stocked because they're understaffed. Most open secret ever.

BarbaraRoberge
BarbaraRoberge

The Walton kids are money hungry!!!! Low wages and no products on the shelf? Really? WTH is wrong with Walmart? I went to California and went into a place called Ralphs. It is a grocery store. They had lower prices than Walmart. That ought to tell you something when you know that California is one of the most expensive states to shop and live in.


BarbaraRoberge
BarbaraRoberge

The reason that they are understaffed and understocked on products is because they are setting up their full time employees to be fired and hiring temporary help from temp companies. I know this because I am

 a victim of one of these firings. I was fired over something really stupid. Just plain set up. They are also trying to go to all self service registers and less or no regular cash registers. The only register that I believe that they would keep open and only allow you to get certain things from that register is the cigarette register. All others, sometime soon, will be a thing of the past. All these cashiers and other associates will lose their jobs. They will be set up and fired. Not promoted or offered a different position, but FIRED!!! Really sucks for that to happen. To those of you who want to work for Walmart, DON'T!!! You will not have a job for long. 


workingpoor
workingpoor

As a current Wal-Mart Canada employee (15 years) I'd like to my two cents. When I started 15 years ago, Wal-Mart was a company that cared about it's employees and customers. Understaffing was not an issue and employees were encouraged to work overtime if they liked. Full time employees were given a base of 37.5 hours a week. Wal-Mart was also proud to boast about having the highest percentage of full-time employees in the industry.Over the years I've noticed changes in the way Wal-Mart operates. No longer are customers the priority and longer dothey care about their employees. Understaffing is wide-spread, full-time staffing has now dropped to levels near the botton of the industry. Full time is now considered 35 hours per week and over-time is a huge no-no. The last few years I've had my hours cut to 28 hours per week for 'budget reasons', usually given the excuse that 'we want you to get a profit sharing check'. I lose nearly $3000 in wages per year so I can earn a $1000 ($800 after taxes) profit sharing check. More-so I believe it is so management can receive 'their' much much larger percentage of that profit. There is widespread, massive amounts of favourtism. I remember an mp in Canada saying that with patience, retail was going to become the new middle class...Wal-Mart is quickly doing away with that notion by weeding out as many full-time employees as possible and replacing in some instances, with cheaper part-time.

paulgewsmahn
paulgewsmahn

Things have been rapidly changing in the past 5 years, and this signifies the pace to hasten drastically. As a Wal-Mart employee, I wonder what the company will do (as other companies follow their lead) When they can no longer cut any corners, and profit margins decrease. What happens when the largest corporations are no longer making a profit? It's quite scary, because no one can imagine policy changing for the betterment of its employees.

kittenjack
kittenjack

I've complained about this at my WalMart for years.  Now, I do my regular grocery shopping at a really nice Target near me.  I find the price difference to be so small as to not be a factor.  The Target store is clean, calm, and the shelves are stocked.  Sad thing is, my son works for WalMart.  So there are times when I pick him up from work and it's more convenient for me to run into WalMart to pick up a couple of things.  And it's a regular issue to find things not re-stocked.  These aren't items that are high demand items, either.  It's not like the item is flying off the shelves.  Hardware and Health and Beauty have always been a problem.  In the last couple of years, grocery is a problem, too.  There's a certain kind of candy I like.  It was missing from the shelf from before Christmas until after Easter.  It was available at other retailers in town, and at the WalMart neighborhood market.  But at the Walmart Supercenter near me, it was not restocked for FOUR MONTHS.

RaisondetreXx
RaisondetreXx

I became a Wal-Mart employee a little over a month ago and I was hired in during the hiring freeze, which made me "temporary part-time." At first I thought it was going to be nice working for them, but then I saw how my store is ran. I work in apparel and I mostly answer phone calls at the fitting room and transfer them out to different departments. It's kind of sad when you transfer a call to a department and the call ends up coming back to you with the customer angry, because no one was in that department to answer the phone. Or a customer comes up to you and asks if you have a certain article of clothing in stock for a bigger size or color. We have to tell them that all we have is what they see on the racks and the grocery section is almost bare, so I shop at my local grocery store instead, but management keeps telling us that we'll have more stock after inventory day on May 9th. But I have to deal with angry customers all day on phone or in person, because there never seems to be enough people or someone at all working in other departments. I remember getting yelled at because no one was working at the jewelry counter and if you ask an assistant manager over the walkie-talkie to come help a customer, they get all annoyed and tell you to find someone on the floor to do it. Well, sometimes only management has the answers for a customer or they hold the keys to unlock something.

I try my hardest to go the extra mile for a customer, but sometimes there's only so much I can do. Plus the hours are horrible that I'm getting now. They started me off at 8 hours a day 5 days a week, now I'm working 4 and a half hours a day and 5 or 4 days a week, which sometimes isn't even worth the gas in my car (I live a half hour or 45 minutes away). A lot of older employees that have worked there for years are quitting because management doesn't want to give them days off to spend time with their families and they hardly give us younger employees enough days or hours to work, so a lot of them are quitting too. One older woman that I work with was scheduled to work 9 days (all 8 hour days) without even a day off, which she wasn't too happy about. I wish they would give us longer hours and let the people that don't want to work that many hours anymore sometime to relax.

Lastly, I just found out yesterday that we don't even have a store manager, because they got fired a few months back. The one before her was fired for embezzlement, but than later moved to a different Wal-Mart store.

KathyHudgins
KathyHudgins

Has anyone ever thought that they are doing all this on purpose?

iansarmy1
iansarmy1

I work for a large bank that rents space inside a Walmart . The store we are in has been on a hiring freeze for almost a year and its current employees have had their hours cut. The management has even fired some employees to avoid giving them their small yearly raise. The checkout  is hopelessly slow and the selection on the shelves (especially groceries) is very poor. They do almost no restocking during the day at all. All of the departments throughout the store are almost completely devoid of employees, there is no one to help you n electronics  auto, paint, firearms etc... It really has gotten ridiculous. 

carollewis196
carollewis196

All the big box stores are trying to copy wal-marts business model.  Check the shelves in any home depot or lowes.  Both of them have cut staff; changed many to part time or cut pay.  Because of this they no longer have the number of employees they need but they have also lost everybody that knew any thing about store operations.

JasonCreare
JasonCreare

Walmart not keeping store shelves stocked during tax rebate season???? All of a sudden they aren't scheming to get every nickel back that government subsidy pays to their largest marketing target-- the poor???  Walmart is hiring temps in every department according to NH store signs.  Not even a  fake promise of a career?  Don't tell me Walmart has suffered in this recession. I have had a terrible time finding a parking space less than a half acre away.  They have done better than ever during the recession--cheap plentiful help, cheap products, high sales. But they do have a board of directors of the the rich and famous..politicians like H. Clinton........How about an article about what Walmart knows that most of us are too blind to see. They have pulled out of China this week too 

northwesterngirl
northwesterngirl

I'm a Walmart employee. At my store, we can't seem to hire new workers quickly enough. When we offer more hours to current employees, few want the additional shifts. Not sure why this happens, but it's good for me because I am getting extra hours. I interviewed for a night shift loading position and ended up with a day shift customer service and money center position on my very first day. If you don't already know, that is a huge promotion. Multiple people at my store were promoted at once, staying in each job for only a few months. From the very first day of work, my store pays several dollars above minimum wage. What's really going on? I don't pretend to know. I do know that something doesn't add up.  

AlabamDeb
AlabamDeb

“Our in stock levels are up significantly in the last few years..."

Yes, but that's because you DON'T FRIKIN RESTOCK WHAT SELLS!!  If you stock your shelves with more and more crap that doesn't sell, of COURSE your stock levels are going to go up, moron!

I got so tired of having to change every time I go to buy a certain product because Walmart doesn't (or won't) stock it anymore, that I started shopping elsewhere.

MischaNewman
MischaNewman

Its been years that people try to make Wal-Mart in South Haven Michigan aware of the problems mentioned above. I mean all of them.... It starts in the parking area where you prey "please let them have the stuff I need just for today" Its dirty, unorganized, staff is inept in helping, the deli is the horror having 3 people doing whatever while you are waiting and waiting and waiting some more before a associate slowly moving with gum in the mouth calling you honey ask "what you like". The shelf's are empty including the meat and fish department. There are days you can't get staples like flour, milk, juice or eggs.

Today at dinnertime you couldn't get any chicken products from the deli the answer by the deli manager, "We don't have it ..(pause) maybe tomorrow"

There is no other retailer unless you drive another 30 to 45 minutes to shop being the reason 1) we are at times forced to go there. 2) Wal-Mart takes advantage of that. We all hope that when the new retailer is open Wal-Mart fails and just goes away.

Yet there is hope since a new retailer is completing constructions by early 2014.

Sephia8
Sephia8

Denies it's under staffed?! LOL We were just there late in the afternoon and only 2  . . . TWO registers were open and they were BOTH 20 items or less checkout lanes!! The lines for both were super LONG because with only TWO options and people with MORE than 20 items had to "checkout" somehow, so they too had to use those lanes.

Thankfully the Jewelry, Pharmacy, and Electronics registers were open, but they did little to quell the masses!

roxborot
roxborot

Wal-Mart store are understaffed and understocked. My local store is a virtual dump of empty shelves and no employees in sight. The backstock is overflowing as there are not enough stockers to even begin to stock the shelves. That company is turning into a communist work factory!

MichaelAMyers
MichaelAMyers

More examples of what went on at the Johnson City, Tennessee Walmart store number 3829. In order to cut cost and run the store as cheaply as possible, there was literally..no joke.. a kiddie pool.. the big round plastic pools that kids play in during the summer months.. put down in the middle of the area where the sheets and bedding is sold in order to catch water from a leak.. that isn't the problem, in fact I would say that is a good idea in a pinch..however, this kiddie pool was there for months on end..roped off to catch leaks from the sky light.. the store leaked from day one and is only six years old!  I once counted over 20 buckets placed throughout the store in order to catch leaks when it would rain. All because of Walmart's greed to keep as much of their billions as possible..


Also every level of management was told about the mice and rats in the produce area of the store. The mice and rats would not only hang out in the produce area, eating what they could, they would go over to the bread aisle and tear into the bread. Bread vendors would tell management about the problem as would  many employees ..absolutely nothing happened until the story got out to the public months later. In fact, night management actually named one of the rats in the Lawn & Garden section and would feed it.
There was a bad storm that rolled through one night and the lights went out around 11pm. Anyone who has worked at Walmart knows what happens then.. all the employees are sent to the Dairy / Meat and Deli sections first in order to pull the items from the shelves or "Try to save" it..however on this night, we didn't even start doing that until around 2am..all that time without power and we were told "It would be fine".. finally there was a mad dash to try to save these items when they realized the power wasn't going to come back on.. long story short, some of us employees made very small marks on some of the egg, yogurt, meat and cheese containers just to see if those would be on the shelf the next day.. keep in mind the power was out for 8 to 9 hours. We came in the next day and every item we marked was on the shelf.. would you eat meat that had been left out of refrigeration for 9 hours? What about Yogurt? Cheese?  In all their wisdom, Walmart management decided to put all these items back on the shelf or actually just leave them on the shelf after 9 hours without power just to save on the cost of running that store.  As a one time employee of that store, there are so many stories I could tell but I will only say this, if half the people knew what goes on in the typical walmart store, they would never buy any food from there again, at least not meat or anything that can ruin. 

MichaelAMyers
MichaelAMyers

Speaking as a one time employee (for almost 6 years) I can tell everyone here EXACTLY how the store I worked in was run.  Management would depend on very few employees to not only do their work but the work of two or three other people, as well. Management would basically expect the impossible out of the night crew (I only worked night shift) in order for them to save on payroll.. example.. One person would be responsible for stocking 2 or 3 aisles, this may not sound like a problem to someone who has never done it but the next time you're in Walmart, take 3 aisles on the grocery side at random and imagine having to stock those aisles which typically are about 200 or more cases per aisle (depending on the size of the store), take your breaks and lunch, clean up the area, take cardboard back to the stockroom, help customers find items AND "Zone" (or pull all the items to the front) in an 8 hour shift.  Management is pushing the employees to do more than their fair share of the work and the employees are pushing back by either A) slowing down or B) throwing the stock where ever there is a place for it..which causes customers to think that the item is one price when it is actually stocked in the wrong section.   At the store I worked at (Johnson City, Tennessee) it got so bad that upper management would not order basic supplies in order to cut cost. They would not order trash bags for store use, TOILET PAPER for the bathrooms and at times they would say one or more stalls were 'out of order' simply because they didn't have the toilet paper to put in the stall!!, they would make employees use unsafe items like what they call 'rocket carts' just so they wouldn't have to order more and good luck on finding a pallet jack that actually worked.   I've said it before and I will say it until my dying day..walmart is the MOST CORRUPT company in the United States today and personally, I smile every time I hear about the truth getting out. I smile when I hear about their latest troubles because it has been a long time coming and it is only downhill for them from now on.

ann.turta
ann.turta

This story is dead-on. Basically when I go there I know for a fact that some of the basics on my list will not be on the shelf. This creates an incentive to not go to Walmart at all. At another store I might pay more, but at least I don't have to go grocery shopping twice.

The lack of a sufficient number of employees is also a disgrace. Recently I went to Walmart after work and had almost a full cart when I got to checkout. There were long chains of carts in massive lines. Based on past experience, I would have waited in line at least 30 minutes. But I didn't wait, I was too exhausted so I just abandoned my cart. I feel sorry for the employees who had to put everything back on the shelves but the store has to meet the customer half way if it expects to get your money. If you want to sell things you should not make it such a challenge to pay for them.

RachelJones
RachelJones

I used to care about the state of my store, but Wal-Mart kinda beats it out of you after a while. I'm truck crew and when we haul out the truck, it's not uncommon to see only one stocker in Health & Beauty, when I can remember being considered understaffed if there were only two of them. It's not uncommon to get to work and see pallets full of "backstock" in the fixture room and suddenly realize, "Hey, I'm pretty sure that's one of the pallets I built yesterday. And there's one I built TWO days ago." And I really, really hate the timekeeper on the Task Manager. The times it gives can only be achieved by flat-out running for the entire freaking shift, and we get coached if we consistently don't meet them. Well, SOME of us are OCD and we can't just turn it off, so even if I AM running I'm still not meeting my times and I'm getting coached for it, so I've got stress no matter what I do. So it's just safer and healthier to figure out which part of my brain controls "giving a crap" and turning it off.

RyanMouk
RyanMouk

HA!!! I work at Walmart and I can agree with many statements made by this article. The selves are not stocked because the stores do not employ enough people to run the store. At the store I work at everyone leaves at 10pm leaving one or two departments active to handle to influx of calls from other departments. They dont pay their employees enough cash to make the employees care about what happens to the store. When you are scheduled for 5 days but for only 22 hours at 7.85/hr they can not expect you to come rushing in with a smile on your face ready to deal with the multitude of customers who believe you are there to only serve them. They spout of lies and propaganda on their commercials showing smiling happy employees running around feverishly helping respectful customers, and this is the farthest thing from the truth as you can get. You could work at that soulless place for years and then watch as some big breasted maiden gets hired in well above your pay grade. Trust me when I say this, if this country did not have the workforce laws Walmart would be even more corrupt then it is. I cant wait until I find me a company that treats its employees with respect, gives them a wage they can live on, and offers some type of job security.

como
como

I"m sure Walmart is correct in that the "stock levels are up significantly in the last few years", however the problem isn't that stock isn't making it to the store.  It is that it stock levels are not making it to the shelf.


MaureneBlake
MaureneBlake

This article is right on the money!! My boyfriend also works at the local Walmart & he is utterly disgusted with how employees are treated & how merchandise is stocked. The amount of merchandise volume required in man hours exceeds their work hours which results in the merchandise not being stocked & not being available for the consumer to purchase.When asked about hiring more employees,  they have had hiring freezes,no personnel requisitions in the system. It's hard to hire people if you don't request having positions filled. Walmart had best start listening to the employees concerns,because "Karma" has a way of catching up to you.....

cowboy2ryde
cowboy2ryde

I have worked for walmart for 3 years now...I Owned my own bussiness for 10 yrs prier and have 30 years of sales and manager experience....cant get into managment even though i have taken and passed the management test....not in the good ol boy club...im too vocal i would guess...this report is dead on...i have said for 3 yrs that walmart is killing what sam walton started years ago....all eemployees just be patient...the economy will shift and we who have some smarts will get better jobs and walmart will be scraping the bottom of the barrel getting not so good employees. Good luck public

cal81985
cal81985

I worked at Walmart for a little over 3 years and this staffing issue is dead-on accurate. We kept losing stockers left and right, but instead of hiring and training replacements, the store manager created a hiring freeze that lasted for months. Multiple people complained about not getting the help they needed and especially about the long waits for checkout. We had one register open from midnight-7am, which may sound okay to some. However, this Walmart is in a college town and we happen to be one of the few 24 hour stores in general around the campus. Needless to say, Friday and Saturday nights could go from quiet to unbearable as soon as the parties ended.

JosephStratton
JosephStratton

Thats what you get when you go to Walmart for paint. 

Whatsnew?e
Whatsnew?e

I work for another big box store and Walmart is not the only one. Low pay, 1 3 hour shift a week, doing the work of 3 or 4 people at a time including being back up register person, helping customers on the floor, answering phone calls, putting away returns and cleaning the entire store alone. This is the new norm. Soon all these stores will be having the same delemma.  It makes you wonder where retail will go from here.

lauriedtmann
lauriedtmann

WalMART shipped as many jobs offshore as it could manage.  However, you can't ship in-store service jobs to China.  I'm glad I've been boycotting WalMART since the '90s and shop at Target or Costco where you don't have these sorts of understaffing/understocking problems.

eyeplayguitar
eyeplayguitar

I worked at a walmart in Georgia for a year and it was the worst experience of my life. Having to work 7 different peoples jobs in a day while being treated like a dog. They were constantly understaffed because the managers wanted their bonus. They then took away our bonuses because they needed a smoking area. Among all of the problems I dealt with was the lack of hours that finally forced me to leave.

dwh
dwh

This is exactly why I left Walmart. I was in management and I couldn't take another day of having to come in at 5 AM on my day off to stock freight because there was no one else to do it. I couldn't take another day of having to take my lunch 3 hours late because there was no one to cover my department, or the nearest 3 departments (I was in Sporting Goods, but I was expected to helped with bikes, mix paint, and cut fabric in addition to unlocking ammunition and signing people up for fishing licenses. I was essential the only employee there to cover a quarter of the store). This wasn't occasionally. This is their normal way of doing business now. Yeah, the in stock levels are up, but it's all sitting in the back and I can tell you first hand that the sales suck right now. Brooke Buchanan is  a liar.

MagicalAaron
MagicalAaron

@BSF1  In some places, it is the only store in town.  The entire business model was built on moving into small towns, running the small mom&pop store out of business and jacking up the prices.  Our town is about to get a Meijer in April.  The only people not excited about it is the management from Walmart and Kroger.

KathyHudgins
KathyHudgins

@JasonCreare I believe they have a greater purpose in mind. They are not stupid, they are just setting up for the kill. If they set up for total bankruptcy, they have to get all their ducks in a row. They have made their big money and are making bigger money right now. Low sales and big money store loss, think about it.

TonyAdams
TonyAdams

@MischaNewman 

Although it seems to be a day late ... and a dollar short. But, WE (as in cheap Americans who wanted BIG volume of cheap items) actually are getting what we paid for. Now that we ran out the good stores (i.e, the mom-and-pop stores who valued our business).. it seems we will indeed, reap what we sowed.

larissa_j
larissa_j

@MichaelAMyers If you're ever in a situation like that again, report them to the FDA AND report them to the various vendors whose food they are corrupting and attempting to sell. They are putting those vendors at risk for a lawsuit if someone becomes sick because unless a Walmart employee speaks up? They'll blame the vendor.

jmadrox
jmadrox

Exact same expectations at my store. Then they wonder why a mod isnt completed??

larissa_j
larissa_j

@dwh I am unsympathetic regarding their sales. They are reaping what they've sown.  I feel bad for the employees and for their workload. It will be worse for them if they lose jobs but Walmart has been terrible to everyone. They can rot. Even if they fold, another will take their place. Everyone thinks they're irreplaceable. BAH. It's retail. There will always be another store.

dwh
dwh

And additionally, there are no more merit raises. You're eligible for a raise once a year on your anniversary unless you have a position change. And you can forget about taking the sick time you've acquired. Paying you for sick time is up to the head manager's discretion, which translates to "you don't get sick time." I hate to agree with the hippies, but that company is the devil.

larissa_j
larissa_j

@TonyAdams @MischaNewmanAh the tired old talking point. This is wrong. No one asked Americans if they wanted cheaper stuff. They just offshored manufacturing. In fact, recent polls indicate Americans would pay more for American made products.

Also - this was done to increase shareholder profit - not decrease prices. Try again. 

psst. obvious shill is obvious.

larissa_j
larissa_j

@dwh They only change policy when publicly shamed i.e. fire in Bangladesh. 

larissa_j
larissa_j

@TonyAdams @larissa_j @MichaelAMyers   Did you read the comment? "hey would make employees use unsafe items like what they call 'rocket carts' just so they wouldn't have to order more and good luck on finding a pallet jack that actually worked.   I've said it before and I will say it until my dying day."

Because now you're just trolling.