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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!

feelings: accomplished
sounds: the Benjamin Gate: "Lift Me Up"

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misemifein2 ══╣╠══
Christmas lion made me laugh. Glad you like your work-place so much, hope you stay liking it!
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
medlin1 ══╣╠══
Just give it time.... wallyworld may not be as bad as all the hype but believe me it is not as amazing as it sounds in orentation.
theanonymousx ══╣╠══
I agree with the "give it time" thing
I've never worked at Wal-mart, but I did work at Sam's Club for a little over two years. I worked at one in marietta and one in columbus. The one in Columbus was fine, because some of my friends were there and the management was great. However, the one up here was so disorganized and hectic that I couldn't wait to leave. Either way you look at it, Wal-mart as an organization both isn't as bad as everyone says or as nice as it seems during orientation. The things that bugged me the most (during Sam's club orientation, which should be the same for you guys)

You can't show ANY affection at work. Not during breaks, not on the floor, not in the parking lot before going into the store. This includes hugs or light kisses, and extends to girlfriends, boyfriends, family members and EVEN husbands and wives.

You seriously need to force your way into a break or a lunch. It won't be that bad at first, but there were several times when I'd work an 8-10 hour shift with no break or lunch because "it was too busy." You're supposed to, on a normal double shift, get 2 15 minute breaks and one lunch. I NEVER got all of those, but on occasion I got the break and lunch.

Final Tips: Don't let them take advantage of you; If you're having a bad day, try not to take it out on a customer if he/she had nothing to do with it; Don't go crazy :)

Good Luck, Bel!

belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Re: I agree with the "give it time" thing
I suppose it depends on your manager... Ben and his friends have never had a problem, but they aren't cashiers, and it might be a cashier thing. I'll have to ask elya.

Don't go crazy
heh heh

Thanks for the well-wishes. ;-)
theanonymousx ══╣╠══
Re: I agree with the "give it time" thing
Yeah, I was actually not a cashier at any time that I worked at Sam's (but they tried to get me on a register several times). Instead, I worked in Hardlines, which I don't think they have at wallyworld since they don't sell any major appliances (washers, dryers, etc). The cahsiers had it worse than anyone else, but that was at Sam's when they had to lift 50lb bags of Dog food all day.
sweetheart_2008 ══╣╠══
That's so awesome! I hope you love your new job!
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
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