Founded in Arkansas in 1962 by brothers Sam and James “Bud” Walton, Walmart Inc. is a chain of stores, usually very large in size (referred to as “supercenters” or “hypermarkets” in company lingo), that sells everything: clothing, fragrance, footwear, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings, groceries (the company is one of the largest grocery stores in the nation), sports equipment, and more. With approximately 2.3 million employees globally, it is the third-largest employer in the world—after the U.S. and Chinese armies. Still based in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart had 2020 sales of $559 billion, 65 percent from the U.S., and operates as three business segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club, which maintains special membership-only buying options.
Getting into Walmart corporate will more than likely involve relocating to Arkansas, but once you are there, you are treated to a welcoming, approachable management, with a decent salary and good corporate benefits for medical and dental, as well as continuing education and insurance options. For those who are eligible, the enhanced maternity benefit supports birth moms with up to sixteen weeks of protected paid time away from work, with 100 percent of their salary.
Walmart provides excellent opportunities to its employees. Over 75 percent of the Walmart U.S. store operations management team members started off in hourly positions. Upward mobility is key to Walmart’s mission. From customers to associates, everyone at Walmart is invited to improve and do better. The hierarchical functional organizational structure of the company allows for simplified communication between supervisors and their team members. Through an uncomplicated corporate structure, Walmart is able to focus on fostering its signature retail experience.
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