I have followed this blog for awhile to gage what is going on around the country since Wal-Mart had their latest reorganization 6 months ago when the ZMS' positions started.
I took one of those ZMS positions and as yet this job has not gone as layed out. I have never been able to develop any routines or anything else. All I have been is a glorified department manager over about 14 departments with not enough staffing to get anything done right.
My days consist of being a fireman, going all over the GM side helping out not to mention having to spend a lot of time checking up front for lack of having enough cashiers.
I have wondered just what the real purpose of the ZMS' are. We seem to be taking over everyday functions that the Assistants had and just what do they do now. Since they got rid of the Market Teams we are now supposed to be the merchandisers of our pads yet we are not being given any additional training to do that job well.
My guess is that the next round of cost cutting will be at the store level aimed right at the assistant managers as they will cut the number at the store level and put even more of their duties on the ZMS' with of course no increase in pay.
One of the things that has really bothered me is the new level of accountability on the Department Managers and Associates.
I cannot go along with holding people to standards that are impossible if they don't even have the basic resources to get the job done. Yet I am seeing a lot of good people being forced out using the Coaching process in the most perveted way to accomplish this and when they do this I just wonder who they think they are going to replace all these people with. Why would anyone want to take a DM job knowing they just might get coached out of a job????
In my own case since I won't play these games and will not chop off heads because management have their heads stuck where the Sun doesn't shine. So in the last 4 weeks I have been Coached twice. The last time being right before I went on vacation so now I can't even transfer out of the store I am in which has become a stress filled cesspool. I have gotten to the point I hate going to work there.
We got a new store manager right before Thanksgiving and I thought she would be really great. Now 3 months later I have witnessed the most unprofessional person I have seen as a Store Manager. She is playing favorites and running this store like it's high school and if you are not in her little circle you are just out of luck.
Now to top everything off I started my vacation this week and had asked for a personal Leave of Absence. I live with my 83 year old Aunt and we are moving, sold our house and bought another smaller place for her downsize. I thought this had been worked out but I get a phone call from the personnel manager that my LOA has now been canceled and now my only option is to ask for unpaid vacation time off.
It's obvious I am being forced out after almost 5 years with the company with a good record. Well I am resigned to the fact my days as a Wal-Mart employee are numbered.
Hard to believe that Wal-Mart has become the tyrant it has with regard to it's employees. I have to think Sam Walton would be appalled at what has become of this company.
Well when I turn in my badge I will be hard pressed to ever walk in or shop at a Wal-Mart ever again. Good Luck to you that fight the good fight ever day.