Is the wal mart distribution center in hoptown a good job?

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Since: Mar 11

United States

#1 Mar 9, 2011
whats pay start at and how are people treated, also what are benefits like.
yep igotone

Dover, TN

#2 Jul 24, 2013
Pay is ok for this area, does not match the amount of work they try to force upon you. Insurance is decent compared to what alot of other places have. Associates....well, they are numbers...not people. There is favoritism like any other job, while they speak highly of honesty and integrity, that only applies to the associates, not the management. Been there 5 years and its progressively getting worse, not better.
Me too

Owensboro, KY

#3 Jul 24, 2013
yep igotone wrote:
Pay is ok for this area, does not match the amount of work they try to force upon you. Insurance is decent compared to what alot of other places have. Associates....well, they are numbers...not people. There is favoritism like any other job, while they speak highly of honesty and integrity, that only applies to the associates, not the management. Been there 5 years and its progressively getting worse, not better.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
james

Corbin, KY

#4 Jul 24, 2013
I hear there is a great benefits package they don't advertise. Because they know when collectible and in demand items like electronics and toys are showing up to a particular store, they can go in and scalp them to resell for a profit on eBay or Craigslist. The word is you just ask Terry how he does it? Well you might not want to do that. He'd probably try to get you fired for doing the same stuff he does.
yep igotone

Dover, TN

#5 Jul 25, 2013
james wrote:
I hear there is a great benefits package they don't advertise. Because they know when collectible and in demand items like electronics and toys are showing up to a particular store, they can go in and scalp them to resell for a profit on eBay or Craigslist. The word is you just ask Terry how he does it? Well you might not want to do that. He'd probably try to get you fired for doing the same stuff he does.
I dont doubt that there is scalping done (notice theres never any ammo at walmart hardly) but it would have to be done on the store end, not the dc end, dc does not control times the trucks are unloaded at store. Employees there can easily see stuff they want, set it aside and then purchase it...i would imagine this would be consider an integrity issue and they would be fired immediately if caught doing this
Duh

Owensboro, KY

#6 Jul 25, 2013
Nobody Is stealing ammo from Walmart. Walmart has just chosen not to carry ammo other than shot gun ammo until the Obama thing calms down. I noticed the other day they are however carrying Bushmaster and other assault rifles again....which makes me happy. Ammo Is going to be accounted for...every single box....you can count on that. Not to mention the whole Obama scare caused an ammo shortage like we have not seen In a long time. Walmart just chose not to deal with that whole mess. Now I wouldnt doubt some toys and electronics end up sneaking themselves out the back door from time to time because they dont exactly have a govt agency wanting every one of them accounted for.
yepigotone

Dover, TN

#7 Jul 26, 2013
Duh wrote:
Nobody Is stealing ammo from Walmart. Walmart has just chosen not to carry ammo other than shot gun ammo until the Obama thing calms down. I noticed the other day they are however carrying Bushmaster and other assault rifles again....which makes me happy. Ammo Is going to be accounted for...every single box....you can count on that. Not to mention the whole Obama scare caused an ammo shortage like we have not seen In a long time. Walmart just chose not to deal with that whole mess. Now I wouldnt doubt some toys and electronics end up sneaking themselves out the back door from time to time because they dont exactly have a govt agency wanting every one of them accounted for.
Wasnt implying that anyone was stealing ammo, was saying that employees are buying it before it ever hits the floor at the store and then reselling it for a profit. The DC ships thousands of rounds a week of handgun and rifle rounds, but you can never find it on the shelves at the store. Heard one associate was fire at the Hoptown store because he was sitting the ammo aside and having his brother come in and buy it in large quantities. Ive been trying to catch 9mm and .22 at princeton, oak grove , and hoptown walmart for months and can never find it
Whatever

United States

#8 Jul 26, 2013
James u have no ideal what u r talking about!! As a 10 year associate at the dc, we have no control over collectables from the point it leaves our dc, anything that gets hoarded or scalped would be at the store level. Ammo gets shipped everyday what happens after that would also be a store problem,
Whatever

United States

#9 Jul 26, 2013
To answer the original question, starting pay is 15.75 , u r expected to work, it isn't easy but good pay for a days work
Thinking bout it

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Sep 4, 2013
Where do you apply and is it hard to get on ?
countryboy

United States

#11 Sep 5, 2013
It's easier to go to the DC to apply. That's case u have any question u can ask the people at the personal window
chillyrider

United States

#12 Sep 24, 2013
Was there from prior to ever opening.my advice go elsewhere if u can.it sux maybe not to someone who hasnt had a good job before.a lot of ex military n people who can get insurance n benefits elsewhere. I could go on and on and on of horror stories from dc. But wont.
Associate

Hopkinsville, KY

#13 Sep 26, 2013
The associates top out at 19.75 after 18 months - some get as high as 20.75 depending on what they do. And it is only four days a week, 10 hour days, but you work your buns off. Almost every job is on production and you have to make it or you are gone. The rules at the DC are crazy strict and nobody could steal from them...they have huge theft detectors when you walk in and out of the building and there is only one entrance. They even inspect managers lunch boxes and purses ect. No one is excused from that. If you don't mind hard work, it is a good place to work. As for favoritism...that is everywhere but it is monitored. Most associates there would tell you it is a good job.
Proud to be a hard worker

Hopkinsville, KY

#14 Oct 6, 2013
It's a great job. Getting $20 an hour for a four-day schedule, dental, vision, medical, and 10% off at the stores. Yes, it's hard work. You are expected to make production and come to work. As far as fairness, I think they try to be as fair as possible. They rotate a lot of the responsibilities. There is a job transfer program, so if you start to feel stagnant in the one you're in, you can try another one in 6 months.
integrity

Dickson, TN

#15 Dec 31, 2013
Wasn't a Manager fired there for having sex with another staff member?
Manager was a married man... weren't they caught having sex on the property? Great example...
yepigotone

Hopkinsville, KY

#16 Jan 9, 2014
To anyone considering working at the walmart dc, just a few things to think about....you will work like you have never worked before, if youre in shipping you will be in trailers that reach over 110 in the summer, freezing in the winter, rarely will they turn the heat on in the winter out in the warehouse (management sure has theirs nice n toasty), you will be loading 4-5 trailers at a time on days and weekends, 6-7 trailers at a time on evenings.....plan on getting alot of walking. Have to load trailers NEATLY floor to ceiling or you will get written up,you have to use a step stool (pain in the butt) or you will get written up. On the average you will get around 400 cases per hour, sometimes or certain lane set it can be 600 or more per hour. Some items coming down the line will weigh over 100 lbs (they say they dont do this but it happens all the time)....supposed to team lift these but guess what ...only team is you and yourself.

Other jobs in recieving, staplestock all require productivity....which is around 500 cases per hour give or take a few....you open a truck that is loaded with bbq grills or lawn furniture , guess what youre not gonna make production...that happens very much or you eyeballed the coach wrong that day you get a writeup. Even though they say it doesnt happen alot of cherry picking goes on (easy freight get nabbed up while crap freight gets left for you).

If you walk in the building clock in and the roof caves in on you and breaks your legs you get written up (not kidding here) its your fault, you "should have been aware of your surroundings"

If you hear the words "ive got your back" from management...run....it really means "ive got a target on your back" lol

There are probably a million things at the dc they will write you up for and call it a safety or integrity violation, they have people (asset protection) along with the coaches that literally hunt for people to write up, worse in the spring and early summer than fall and winter (they dont want to lose help and have to retrain new with the black friday and xmas rush coming up.

All in all if you can keep your head down, opinions to yourself and just say "yessir" to whatever stupidity comes your way (its alot), and dont mind constantly having someone "evaluating" you, you might have a shot....oh yeah almost forgot ...you also must be willing to do the work of 1.5-2 men for 1 mans pay.

As i said in an earlier post, ive been there 5 years and seen alot of people come and go , alot of good workers walked out over "safety" violations. If i could find a job shoveling a neverending pile of cowshit that paid close to the wage i make there i would quit in a heartbeat. Its not getting better but worse.
Im sure someone is gonna say i should be happy and lucky that i have this job but im sure that person either doesnt work there or if they do they are in managment or in some other area that doesnt have the productivity requirements that out on the floor does..

All in all if you dont have a job and you need one money is good and always in the bank on time..If youre thinking of quitting your current job" unless youre a test dummy for lion repellant" then i would recommend you stay where youre at and look elsewhere.
KYFAN

Hopkinsville, KY

#17 Jan 9, 2014
if you are afraid to work, dont apply. other than that, its a great place to work, with good pay and benefits.
City Boy

United States

#18 Jan 9, 2014
yepigotone wrote:
To anyone considering working at the walmart dc, just a few things to think about....you will work like you have never worked before, if youre in shipping you will be in trailers that reach over 110 in the summer, freezing in the winter, rarely will they turn the heat on in the winter out in the warehouse (management sure has theirs nice n toasty), you will be loading 4-5 trailers at a time on days and weekends, 6-7 trailers at a time on evenings.....plan on getting alot of walking. Have to load trailers NEATLY floor to ceiling or you will get written up,you have to use a step stool (pain in the butt) or you will get written up. On the average you will get around 400 cases per hour, sometimes or certain lane set it can be 600 or more per hour. Some items coming down the line will weigh over 100 lbs (they say they dont do this but it happens all the time)....supposed to team lift these but guess what ...only team is you and yourself.

Other jobs in recieving, staplestock all require productivity....which is around 500 cases per hour give or take a few....you open a truck that is loaded with bbq grills or lawn furniture , guess what youre not gonna make production...that happens very much or you eyeballed the coach wrong that day you get a writeup. Even though they say it doesnt happen alot of cherry picking goes on (easy freight get nabbed up while crap freight gets left for you).

If you walk in the building clock in and the roof caves in on you and breaks your legs you get written up (not kidding here) its your fault, you "should have been aware of your surroundings"

If you hear the words "ive got your back" from management...run....it really means "ive got a target on your back" lol

There are probably a million things at the dc they will write you up for and call it a safety or integrity violation, they have people (asset protection) along with the coaches that literally hunt for people to write up, worse in the spring and early summer than fall and winter (they dont want to lose help and have to retrain new with the black friday and xmas rush coming up.

All in all if you can keep your head down, opinions to yourself and just say "yessir" to whatever stupidity comes your way (its alot), and dont mind constantly having someone "evaluating" you, you might have a shot....oh yeah almost forgot ...you also must be willing to do the work of 1.5-2 men for 1 mans pay.

As i said in an earlier post, ive been there 5 years and seen alot of people come and go , alot of good workers walked out over "safety" violations. If i could find a job shoveling a neverending pile of cowshit that paid close to the wage i make there i would quit in a heartbeat. Its not getting better but worse.
Im sure someone is gonna say i should be happy and lucky that i have this job but im sure that person either doesnt work there or if they do they are in managment or in some other area that doesnt have the productivity requirements that out on the floor does..

All in all if you dont have a job and you need one money is good and always in the bank on time..If youre thinking of quitting your current job" unless youre a test dummy for lion repellant" then i would recommend you stay where youre at and look elsewhere.
Dead on!! Couldn't have summed it up any better!!
yepigotone

Hopkinsville, KY

#19 Jan 31, 2014
Well slowly walmart dc has been hacking away at the associates incentive checks by setting goals that are pretty much impossible to reach. By this time next year there probably be no incentive checks. Not only are they slowing taking that money away but now they are taking away our safety incentives, while not much it was better than nothing. Funny how they say osha made them take away the safety awards because they felt it was causing employees not turn in work related injuries but yet its ok to continue writing employees up who do turn in a work related injury (the real reason an employee wouldnt turn in a work related injury unless it was a serious one). Heating in the dc during this cold spell has been minimal (management claims propane shortage is the reason) but it sure is warm where they stay most of the time. They was nice and gave a 25 cent cost of living raise ...but only to employees who have been there 30 months or longer...rest of the employees have to wait till they get to their 30 months to get that raise (guess inflation doesnt affect people with less than 30 months).

But to make it even more fun they have made it easier for management to write people up. Now if something happens that you get a writeup over (accidentally spill or break something which is easy to do considering the fast paced environment) you will have to make it 6 months without having a similar incident or else if it happens again you get a step. Im predicting to see a high rollover of employees due to this change, chose already on a step 2 or 3 pretty much have to be perfect or they will be walked out the door.

Which might be walmarts goal. High rollover means new employees start at under 16 an hour compared to those that are making top pay, imagine the savings. Or lets look even further in the future....let say they might be thinking long term about replacing all associates at the DC with temps. Just keep the core management ...wouldnt have to pay insurance on those employees, probably hire through a temp agency for 15 an hour.

If anyone who has been there 5 years or more like i have you can see where im getting these thoughts. Work conditions are rapidly moving in this direction. Extremely high productivity requirements, frequent cuts in manpower to do a job (just unload it all on whoevers there).

Associates who are there need to realize if you dont start trying to make some changes for yourself soon its going to be past the point that changes can be made. Im not saying unionize by all means, but instead work with each other to make it a better place.
Juicy Jane

Greenville, KY

#20 Jan 31, 2014
Just wondering who the manager and the staff were that got caught? I think it might be the same two that I saw down the road at a local hotel!

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