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Unread 06-17-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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Anyone work at a Wal-Mart Distribution Center?

I have a job interview lined up for an meat/produce order filler. Starting pay is $16.10/hr, which is almost 6 dollars more than I'm making now. The only downside is that it's a 45 minute commute one way, so I would have to get another vehicle to use as a DD. Also I'm not exactly fond of the Friday-Monday 3pm-12am hours, but I could get used to it. I've heard its hard work, but I'm used to it. I work 10 hour days now for $10/hr stocking frozen food at a grocery store. Anyone got any experience working at a walmart distro center? Any advice on what to expect? Thanks!

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Unread 06-17-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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Never worked at one myself but have hauled many loads into Wally World, the workers I have chatted with all seemed pretty happy...I think it would be a good move on your part IMO...

Where at Woodland, PA dist center ??
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Unread 06-17-2009, 12:00 PM   #3
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Seems like a good job as long as the benefits are there as well. It's not union is it?
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Unread 06-17-2009, 12:20 PM   #4
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Not walmart - but Westfair Foods (big chain up in Canada).

I was a produce picker/packer - sounds like the same job you'll be doing.

it is VERY hard work, but let me tell you, after a couple months there, i was in the best shape of my life. Basically you're lifting orange/onion/potato bags all day and packing them into 5-6 foot tall pallets.

Downside is definitly hours, and due to the nature of the buisiness (unless you have a 24 hour operation with 3 shifts, we didn't), you stay until all orders are filled - it doesn't matter if it was an hour OT, or 6.

Other downside were the coolers. One of the coolers will definitly be a "wet" cooler, where all partially frozen/wet veggies are kept.... that one SUCKED POOP! I practically had a constant cold while I was working.

BUT, the upside is.... you can feel free to cancel your gym membership - you won't need it anymore.
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Unread 06-17-2009, 12:28 PM   #5
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It's not union is it?
HAHAHAHAHA!! Sorry, I worked for Walmart. If you even THINK the word "Union" anywhere near Walmart you can hear their buttholes pucker up from 100 miles away. They have a reaction team that will swoop in and "deal with" anyone talking about unionizing. So no, it most definitely is NOT union. Never will be so long as Walmart is in charge. Or buying from whomever is in charge. Walmart is so anti-union it's funny.

Anything to do with Walmart as an employee looks good on the outside, but everything about the place eventually just saps the life out of you. It may take a couple years, but eventually you'll be looking for somewhere else to work.
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Unread 06-17-2009, 12:33 PM   #6
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Focus on that pay raise and keep the jeep-zen mindset while you work.
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Unread 06-17-2009, 12:37 PM   #7
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HAHAHAHAHA!! Sorry, I worked for Walmart. If you even THINK the word "Union" anywhere near Walmart you can hear their buttholes pucker up from 100 miles away. They have a reaction team that will swoop in and "deal with" anyone talking about unionizing. So no, it most definitely is NOT union. Never will be so long as Walmart is in charge. Or buying from whomever is in charge. Walmart is so anti-union it's funny.

Anything to do with Walmart as an employee looks good on the outside, but everything about the place eventually just saps the life out of you. It may take a couple years, but eventually you'll be looking for somewhere else to work.
I didn't know if their distribution centers were different or not.

Funny story though - the Wal-Mart "Great Value" brand is made by the Kroger Co. We get mispicks with that stuff sometimes and have to send it back. :P
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Unread 06-17-2009, 12:58 PM   #8
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Never worked at one myself but have hauled many loads into Wally World, the workers I have chatted with all seemed pretty happy...I think it would be a good move on your part IMO...

Where at Woodland, PA dist center ??
Thanks, that's good to hear. And its the Bedford, PA dist center. The hard physical labor doesn't bother me at all. I love it. It makes the time go fast, plus keeps you in shape. I'd rather have a job like that than be sitting behind a desk all day.
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Unread 06-17-2009, 05:17 PM   #9
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My brother works at one and from my gathering he likes it over his last job which had him sitting at a desk all day. He work Fri. Sat. Sun. nights and that allows him to be home with his daughter during the week while his wife works. So it works REALLY well for him on that front.
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