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6th-Feb-2009 09:22 am


Can someone please clarify something for me? I'm a new full-time employee that has only been with Walmart for a short time (just over 90 days). At orientation, we were advised that we would receive a raise after 90 days and also be eligible for "my share" checks. Now, that we have met our 90 days, they are saying no raises until after one year of service and in order to receive a "my share" check, you are eligible after completing 6 months of service prior to the end of the quarter--which means 9 months of service. Does anyone know exactly how it is suppose to work or is each store seperate?

Something else, please share your opinion. It's valued more than you know. Here's a situation I'm sure not all stores are faced with. What would you do if your store manager was awarded a family vacation at Walmart's expense because of high sales for a certain time period? Add insult to injury during these economic times and you've heard that the store manager stands to earn a very large substantial bonus(tens of thousands) as a result of year end sales. She appreciates everyone, but not sharing her bonus with those who do all the work. In all fairness, if she were getting a bonus that large, she could very well redistribute it back to the employees who helped her achieve the status in the first place.

Seems like Walmart likes to throw money around, but only to those at the top and after other stipulations are met. The good old bait and switch method. We'll tell you what we think you want to hear, but we are going to change the rules after you meet the requirements.

Do you suppose the no raise rule is because they claim they pay such high starting wages? I guess if you can call $7.50hr plus night differential high wages, maybe it's justifiable, but it is almost a slap in the face when you were making almost $11.50hr in another town and another business. I think Walmart wants to pay their employees as little as possible and demand more work from them, while only a select few actually make money at Walmart. 

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6th-Feb-2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
my store started a new "fantastic" return policy. WE TAKE BACK EVERYTHING. NO MATTER WHAT..
Im sure our next bonus check is going to take a hit for it too.. and hard. My store has been open a bit over two years and we have always got the full amount (also id love to know why we get such a small cap when management gets such large bonuses as long as they meet sales targets)

They need to start giving the correct info out in orientation. There isnt a raise anymore until 1 year of service. and the info is correct about the myshare bonus too. I believe.. I actually thought it was 6 months total, not 9 but I could be wrong, or it was just changed.
6th-Feb-2009 04:37 pm (UTC) - raises
I wasnt told anything in orientation about when the raises come.

However you are eligble for the bonus after 6 months. but it is mostly 9 months before you get it because you dont start earning it until after 6 months.
6th-Feb-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Well, when they stopped the 90 day evaluation raise, they also increased the starting rate as well. In our store, the starting rate was $7.15 and is now $7.75. So instead of getting the usual 40 cents on the evaluation, more is added right when you start.

As far as the My$hare bonuses go -- I think it's a fair system. Around 2 years ago -- our store associates received a bonus that was around $1500 for the year. I think it would not be fair if a new associate that was there for the 4 months received that as well. You'll get bonuses at a point -- most times the new hires only miss the next bonus.

The My$hare is also increased for management and I understand. Management in theory is more responsible as far as the stores sales go. Every corporation is the same -- the higher the position -- the higher the bonus.
6th-Feb-2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
90 day raises were abandoned some time ago. So yes, no raise until after your first year, though I maintain the opinion that evals should come every six months. And the information you received regarding the MyShare is correct.

As far as the management bonus is concerned, I do think tens of thousands of dollars is far too much. And a company-paid vacation? That's bullshit.

6th-Feb-2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
The 90 day raise is out, now it is a year. MyShare is your part of the store selling good. The manager's bonus is a great deal more than yours but his salary is a great deal more than yours. Manager's have for the last 11 years, I know, gotten a huge bonus depending on sales. One year our manager bought him and his wife a brand new car with his and still had thousands left over.
7th-Feb-2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I agree with everyone else. No more 90 day raise, but you get a higher rate of pay, and you get the bonus after six months (Depending on whent he quarter and your six month anniversary fall, it may be 9 months, it was for me.)
7th-Feb-2009 02:19 am (UTC)
i just have to giggle at the part about the store mgr sharing their bonus lol....
7th-Feb-2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, like that would ever happen...
7th-Feb-2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
well would you share your Myshare bonuses with someone who is under 6 months and didn't get one? Probably not. I know my store manager is under more pressure now than ever. He has to figure out ways to make a profit with the economy like it is at the same time he's trying to do it without anyone losing their job. For all his responsibilities, if he/she gets a bonus, good for them. As long as they keep finding ways for us all to keep our jobs, I'm ok with it. Just my feelings on the subject.
7th-Feb-2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Is Darrell still the store manager there?
7th-Feb-2009 06:55 am (UTC)
The 90 day evaluation doesn't get raises now. However, I think it's bull that the associates hired before that was implemented still don't get their 90 day raise. It should be "associates hired after XX date will not recieve a raise at 90 days" but that's not how Walmart works.

You used to get a discount card as soon as you were hired too. Now that's a "wait 90 days for it" thing.
7th-Feb-2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
its an effort to try to retain associates....its going to be ok :)
the 1 thing that you can always count on with walmart is CHANGE. Things will always change. Sometimes you may not think its for the better...but eventually it proves to be.

Hang in there
7th-Feb-2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha. It's not helping retain associates. The turnover is worse it seems. Just saying.
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7th-Feb-2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
It's not really a way of weeding out bad associates more than it is yet ANOTHER way to cut costs and save the Gods...er, I mean Customers more money. What's next, giving THEM a 10% off "preferred shoppers" card?
7th-Feb-2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah...kinda like this new "inventory management" system, which from what I can tell thus far is nothing short of a bad joke perpetuated by the upper brass at Wal-Mart who came from Target. (For those not in the know, that's where we copied this system from.)

THAT'S really working out great.

/sarcasm
8th-Feb-2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
I feel better knowing my store isn't the only one having problems with that! Of course part of ours is because all three shifts are seemingly on different programs and management doesn't hold first and second shift accountable for jack crap.
8th-Feb-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
One thing the new system does do is make sure that you are putting things out on the floor as slow as possible.
9th-Feb-2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
I agree with that 100 percent. Because there were only six stockers last night and at three this morning they still didn't have anything for me to bin, I left "organization" of recieving to the guys and decided to go help the GM department with the most freight, H.B.A. I saw so many holes that needed to be filled, and the merchandise was in the bins, but it wasn't on the pick list. Had we not been so severely understaffed, I would have pulled the dept. 2 bins like a madwoman.
7th-Feb-2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
This went into effect March of 2008. Any associate who was hired before March 29th DID indeed see a raise for their 90 day. Any associates hired AFTER March 29th did not see a 90 day raise.
8th-Feb-2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
My take is this. Walmart* doesn't HAVE to give you anything except your paycheck. They do, however CHOOSE to give you those things, bonus, discount, etc. No law says they have to do it. I know this is gonna piss people off when I say this, but there is no amount of money you could pay me to do the job that a store manager does. From the shit he or she has to put up with from upstairs, to the shit he or she deals with from the associates, to the shit he or she ends up with from our customers. Frankly, Id rather get a vasectomy from a Parkinson's patient, then do what they do. End of rant.....
8th-Feb-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
I couldn't have said that any better!!! Amen. Like I've said before, the company my sister worked for didn't give ANY benefits for a year. And no insurance for 6 months. So even with saving all that money, they still did a major layoff and she's out of a job.
8th-Feb-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
"Frankly, Id rather get a vasectomy from a Parkinson's patient,"

Think that one through again. That'd be one very shaky operation.
9th-Feb-2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Either way one ends up with the short end of the stick, so to speak...
8th-Feb-2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
amen.
8th-Feb-2009 05:02 pm (UTC) - My share and raises.
Yeah, I agree with what the others have said, Wal-Mart has gotten rid of 90 day pay raises to just pay higher starting out. I also heard from employees who were hired before the 90 day evaluation was done away with, that they did not get anymore money.

Also about my share you are suppose to be paid the amount equal to what you work in the previous quarter. Even if you can get my share or become eligible for my share before it is paid it doesn't mean you'll get it.

I know someone for example who hit his six month right before my share was suppose to be paid and they paid him the amount a person who work 32 hours would have gotten.

0 to 32 hours 33 to 35 hours 40 hours

0% 20% 100%

I don’t know exactly how they do it, but it something like the above numbers.

I believe the zero to thirty two hours you get nothing. And it increases after that. But you have to have some amount in the week or weeks before the my share is sent in, or before the quarter ends

Im trying to remeber how it is writen on our my share board but i can't remember exactly. Please if someone can remember post, thank you.
11th-Feb-2009 02:24 am (UTC) - Re: My share and raises.
10-15, 15-20, 20-25, etc. This is how it has been broken down and given to us in personnel in the past. One quarter we had $272 and some change, and a part time associate who averaged 10-15 hours saw $186 of that full amount. It is based on your averaged hours worked during the quarter.
11th-Feb-2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, as for store managers supposedly getting these huge bonuses and rewards.. I have to say that I think they deserve a certain amount of it. It's true that the people on the sales floor do a lot of the physical and tedious work, but store managers had to work themselves up to that position by doing the same thing that we all do. For most of them it's taken years of hard work hoping that it will pay off. They deserve it if they can get their store in shape and making money, in my opinion.
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