Belenen (belenen) wrote,

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walmart orientation / earrings

On one hour of semi-sleep, I went to Wal-mart today for orientation -- endless paperwork and some speeches later, I realized that this is an awesome place to work. No, seriously. People complain about Wal-mart, but that's because they believe the media (a rather stupid thing to do) and don't research it themselves. By company policy, every store is required to give a percentage of their profit to the local community. Wal-mart is the most charitable company in the US, possibly in the world. They have a free counseling service for all associates -- do you know how much counseling costs? That's pretty amazing. If you happen to die on the job, they'll pay your family whatever you would have made for a year -- and you don't have to pay anything to be a part of that program. Oh, and if you have a drug problem and you tell a manager about it, they won't fire you -- they'll put you on probation and help you get clean. (of course, if you don't tell and they catch you, you're fired) There's more, but you're all bored already, so I'll stop.

Also, the reason I hated JoAnns so much was that there was no push for excellence or recognition of it -- I'd work really hard and no one would care or notice. In Wal-mart they watch for excellence and reward it, which means that when I work there I'll feel like what I'm doing is making a difference, even if that difference is simply the respect of my superiors.

Plus Ben's a department manager there, and everybody knows and likes him, so I feel kinda like a celebrity; "Oh, you're Ben's wife!" And all the ladies tell me what an awesome man I have, as if I didn't know. ;-) And elya works there too -- fun.

And practically all of the managers in the whole freakin' corporation started out as an hourly associate -- the current store manager started out as a cart pusher. Wal-mart prefers to promote, rather than bring in outsiders, and I think that's pretty damn cool.

Oh yeah, and last night Ben and I went to the Christmas party, and they gave away digital cameras and a dvd player and a tv and lots of other things. I got a three-foot-tall stuffed lion that I actually kinda like. I'm thinking about calling it the Christmas lion and decorating it every year. ;-)


I went bead-shopping today! I'm so excited about making the earrings. By the way, I want you to get exactly what you want, so don't be afraid to say "can you change this?" That's not rude -- it's the whole point of customizing!
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