I am a Walmart Distribution Center employee. I am a "loader." What that means is that I load freight into eighteen wheeler trailers (between 5 and 7 trailers normally, occasionally 9 - 11 trailers.) at a rate of 500 cases per hour. I work three days a week, 12 hrs a day. I get two twenty minute breaks and a thirty minute lunch.
The work is grueling and the hours are long. With that said...
It is the best job I've ever had. Sure, I hate the work itself. But these are the reasons why it's the best job I've ever had:
Starting pay was $17.25/hr. I've been there 6mos. and am now making $18.25/hr.
I have four days off. Every week. This schedule makes working full time to support myself, my wife and my child feasible, while still going to school.
I get really good health insurance. In addition to the insurance, I also have $200K in life ins., AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability, Dental, Vision and insurance for my daughter. And I pay $70/month. Total.
I contribute $50/mo to the employee stock purchase program. Walmart matches 18% of this up to $1800.00 (effectively giving me almost $200.00 for free.)
While I think the whole extending black friday to Thursday thing is bull****, I will say that they are not a terrible place to work. While I am not defending them, I do intend to offer a little more balance to this dialogue simply by sharing what are tangible facts in regards to my job.
I didnt know this. interesting.