I Worked With Walmart

It’s been a few years since I worked at Walmart. Wasn’t the most pleasant time in my life, but it was better to have weird brainwashed job than have no job. So I tried to stick it out.
I made it about 8 months I think.
While I was working at Walmart, I had a few experiences I didn’t count on.

What I noticed while working at Walmart:

Lawyer Bait
There are a lot of people willing to get an employee fired so they can sue Walmart. Even the other employees. Once when I was pulling a pallet stacked about 7 feet high, a lady stepped in front of me and just stood there, and every time I tried to get her attention she would turn away from me. I noticed a weird tugging, which I assumed was another employee pushing (sometimes if someone has a heavy load, the person pulling a pallet behind them will extend body weight to help push). So I lowered the jack to walk around and tell him to hold up. I get back there and there was a customer trying to pull my stacked pallet down onto herself.

Mass management
There are way too many cooks in the kitchen
If the highest up manager tells you to do something, all of the managers down the line will try and get you to do something else. This will get you in trouble, not the trickle down managers. If you work harder and get both things solved, the higher manager knows which manager was in charge of that extra duty and gives them credit for it. Not you.

Insurance
Insurance used to be great back then. People I know that are there now say it is bad. Very bad.

Manager’s Holiday
Like all retail…. All managers get every holiday off not the employees.

Retailionaires
Managers try to project the image that they are doing well. So they show up with big gold necklaces, break themselves with some extravagant car they can’t afford to finance. Yeah nice Mercedes. Or Lexus or whatever. You can always tell which managers make the least and which make the most by the amount of jewelery they wear to work.

Celebrations
one thing for sure, Walmart does a great job on celebrating. but it is humdrum and you get treated like you are in the food line at the shelter. With a smile.

Thieves
Yes the cashiers get treated like thieves. Cameras everywhere. but truth is, there was a need for the cameras.

The great creators
For some reason Walmart managers tell their employees that walmart made everything.They mention it once. then a week or so later they will mention it again. it’s always something different. Fishing lures, trailer hitches blah blah.

Don’t talk to the old ones
Don’t talk to the employees who have been there the longest. They are the ones who convince everyone else to quit. There is a reason why they have been there the longest.

Don’t park up front
Park far away from the doors but in view of the Walmart invented security cameras. Park too close up front ands you will come back to your car looking dimply like an orange.

How to get a better job

There comes a time when your place of employment no longer does it for you. For me, it’s the income. For others it could be bad atmosphere, more time, wanting more out of life or the desire to travel. Really there are millions of issues that people find to need something more. but again, for me it is money. So this will be all about money. Maybe you can use some of this in some way to relate to your needs.

First thing you have to do is don’t give in and “just wing it”. You have to write things down. No applied job gets any variation of your information. All jobs you apply for get the same information. Remember this.

Now. On a piece of paper, write down all of the locations with in a decently short travel/commute from where you live that you would love to work. For me I stop at 5 places. and I aim pretty darn high. a bit out of my abilities high.

Now draw a line and start a new list. A list of places to work that are similar to the place I am currently or recently employed. This number gets up to about 20. (If you can’t get 20, that’s fine.)

Now, head over to one of the big job search sites and look for the names of the first 5 places and start applying as accurate as can be, and mention the items I know I can do that are related to that work, which I have never really been paid to do them. EX: if you want to wait tables, and frequently walk a 10k for charity, pretty good idea to mention that. And clarify that you can handle being on your feet.

Everything you write into the first site’s application save it in word-pad and title it accordingly. Now on to the second site and paste in the information as needed. If there is a new question, add that to your word-pad crib note, to be prepared for the next job application.

Once all of the 5 sites are knocked out, it is time to search for the businesses similar to current/recent employment. Now some of these will not be in the job search sites. So now move on to Google and look for that company. Find their “now hiring” or contact page and email the word-pad page or copy and paste it into the contact form if that’s the way they work. Ask for more than what you were denied at previous location. Negotiate down to your needed number. Works just like a pawnshop.but do not say it is negotiable on the application. Or they will start extremely low. Half if they think they can.
While on the contact page, copy their name and number into another word-pad page. Call them as soon as you send. and ask to have them email you an application. If they say they aren’t hiring or don’t have one to email, don’t give up on them. That could be a guy worried about getting replaced. Let them ask you want your qualifications are or whatever questions. Don’t start shoveling stuff out there. If the person does not ask you any questions who cares, this could be anyone in the office. Anyone. if they start asking you questions about your abilities, look at your first cheat-sheet and say the name of said skills, don’t go into detail on each item unless asked. If you get asked, don’t give up trade secrets, but do identify that you know what you are doing. Again, this could be anyone.

When you get the job application, save it to your desktop and fill the application out, then print the job application, and email the desktop saved completed version back to them.

The following day, you will spend the day driving to the places that actually sent you the follow up application email and start dropping off the printed out job applications.
Dress nice, and be clean shaved and combed/brushed. Black slacks and white shirt with white undershirt. all tucked in and best newest belt with shiny yet simple buckle. Not some big cowboy buckle, just something clean. Do not wear tennis shoes. Even if you are applying for a mechanic shop. Never wear tennis shoes/sneakers. in the south, boots are just fine. In the mid, loafers. In the north east black dress shoes. In the south you can wear any of those but the boots seem to work best.

Most of the time, if you have spoken with someone and had them send you a job application, they are a little open to hiring someone. Meeting them face to face and seeing they know what they are talking about, will make getting the job almost certain.

On the third day, you will have to spread out further and find super awesome jobs, a bit further from home than the first 5. and for the 20, you have to find similar but not the same. Maybe by now a few more applications showed up in your email. So now you can knock out a few more.

Rinse and repeat. You should get a call or a permanent handshake before the second week.

I know this all sounds like stuff you should know or you already know. Why aren’t you doing it now? I’m not asking for cash and this page was 100% free to you . So no… Nothing here is guaranteed. Just trying to help you find a job. this goal is find a job that pays a bunch. If one of the first five reply then you just stepped up on so many levels. If the others reply, you just started making more money.

Posting about work onto the internet

So you have something funny to post about on the internet related to your work place.
You should reconsider posting such items.
In many accounts, people have lost their jobs due to work related posts on the web. Be it youtube facebook or reddit, you stand a chance of these getting big, you making very little to no money from the popularity of this content, and something identifiable being in the content to get you fired.

Considering being an I.T. guy – Warning

The mentality of the people who pay I.T.

Everything works. Why are we paying you guys?
Something broke. Why are we paying you guys?

Don’t work for the I.T. department. Work at an I.T. company. You’ll get a bonus.

If you are not working for a company who brings in revenue from I.T., You’re nothing but an expense. You are the equivalent of a janitor.

about end users… no matter what happens, everything is our fault.

Everything works because you’re paying us.
You’re paying us to fix something you guys broke.

The best thing is if something goes down on xmas day, guess who has to come into work? Oh ya the one guy that never even got a bonus.

Morning Commute

iworkwithTime to start the day.
You have played your battle of wits and nerves with the alarm clock and it’s glitch called the “snooze button”. You realize that if you did it too long, the alarm clock will just give up and you … well you the victor are now the idiot who is running late to work.

  • Pants? check
  • Shirt? Check
  • Socks? They don’t match but your feet will be warm, Check.
  • Feed the cat.. can’t forget to feed the cat
  • Car keys? Check
  • Laptop bag? Check
  • Grab your morning coffee? Check

 

and Away we go.
First thing you notice is the neighbor across the street has guests over and they are parked in the street, making your morning back up, a bit of a task. No problem, I’ve got this. Nope… okay pull up a little and turn the wheel now back up while turning wheel the other way (and repeat).
You pull to the end of the street and stop at the stop sign and wait for the cars to pass, so you sip your coffee. Bitter but after a couple of sips you normally begin to enjoy it. Okay your break is coming up. After this car. Why is he slowing down? Is he turning? no… He’s going.. .. awe man, he’s going to stop right in fricken front of you. If the crazy guy on the corner would cut those stupid bushes you would see that there is a long line, waiting on the red light that never sympathizes. Well okay. Another sip of that dang coffee. Probably not enough time to change the radio or flick around facebook on the phone, so just sip that coffee. Oh good they’re moving now, but here comes a new herd of “back of the neighborhood cattle”, just in time to park in front of you again. That’s fine just back up before this guy coming down the road blocks you in, you can always leave at the other end of the street. You turn around and look in your mirror. The guy never even stopped at the sign. They just let him shoot right through.
Okay, on the main road now.
Three open lanes Nice plush ride in the dark. Woo hoo. I’ll just move over one lane for this guy that just pulled out. Plenty of road for both of us. Nope he’s a racer. Why is this guy speeding up? Okay I will slow down and set cruise control and let this guy go. Must be in a hurry or something.Hmm. Wonder why he decided to slow down and ride right next to me. Maybe something’s wrong with my car and he’s over there freaking out trying to get my attention. Better turn down the radio and stare at the gauges for a second. Just a tad too dark out to see anything going on in that car, but really. I don’t see any smoke in my rear view, no extra sounds from the car. Gauges look the same as the other days. What the heck? What’s that glow in his car? Oh… He’s texting and staying next to me to maintain speed. Nice.
STOMP ON BRAKES!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHA. Freaked that one out..

On with the show.

Make it to the freeway, see every SUV in the city gathered together making wall of slow fat vehicles preventing people from doing 5 over the speed limit of greater. Well okay.. one more suv.. he must really want to get with the heard of little fat men and soccer moms because he sure is ridding my bumper.
Just a mile to go before interchange to move to the toll-road for the commute. And traffic is slowed to a crawl. 10 minutes go by and you have passed the NOTHING what-so-ever that was slowing traffic down. Whatever. but why every single day/ why is it such a confusing task to move from freeway to toll road?

Get to toll booth after a few sips between roll forward, stop roll forwards, and toss change in the machine and roll on. Now comes the “first” race to get a lane as the road merges together. Cool now coming up on the section where the  road opens up to 6 lanes. Time to pass this new heard of SUVs  cluttered together.

Now you wonder if you should get off the tollroad before the next interchange and work your way through the neighborhoods to the spot you need, or go past then exit and u-turn. Screw u-turns.

Now is about the time you remember your lunch sitting on the counter thawing out . Well the cat’s going to eat well today.

Man, this side of the city, the right turn lane doesn’t mean anything here.
Stop in the store right before the office, and grab your breakfast pastry and redbull or rockstar or monster or whatever it is you drink  just before lunch to give yourself jitters. walk up to pay and notice that you are 15 people back. Seems the local lawn care crew is there in 4 trucks.  Seriously, a bunch of dudes under 5’7″ should not be wearing light blue shirts with white writing. and yes the guy with the white beard really makes you wish one was a blond girl. Man I want to buy these guys white hats.
Finally leaving the store 2 minutes from the office and already 7 minutes late.
And someone let the herd out. Jeez. Stores should be further away from red lights.

Made it to the office, worked way through crowd of people who you work with but will never know but for some reason they always stand RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DOOR to talk in the mornings. Start coffee because none of these people feel like they are allowed to, or just can’t figure out water and crush black stuff.

Half way through eating your breakfast pastry you finally take a look to see why it tastes so weird.

Okay day is off to a great start. It’s better than yesterday at least.

Funny Reality

minimum wage
minimum wage

As funny as that may be.
The question is”what would the cost of living be?”. and logic says “who has the most invested in this company” ?

The Resume and Application Flaw

Ever write up and fill out a resume? You gather all of your information, and just start writing all of this great stuff about yourself. Some of this stuff you guess the dates a bit. Trying not to embellish, yet doing your best not to undersell yourself. You drop your resume off, the human resources department calls you and tells you to come in for an interview. As soon as you walk in, the receptionist hands you a stack of paper and request you fill in the information. It’s all the same stuff you put on your resume.
Maybe it’s a good idea to either copy your resume and bring that with you, or write down all dates and descriptions on a second piece of paper.
But why twice?
I understand that the application allows the company that is hiring the ability to have employment information in a format that they are used to and resumes have different formats and templates. but come on.
Can we get rid of the resumes already?

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About Fast Food Strikes

So… We have people in McDonalds going on strike because they can not afford enough money to support their families and have a healthy living.
This is a job for teenagers. This is not a job for someone with children, and a mortgage. Sure there are people who have these conditions, but really, they should have been job hunting a good long time ago. because Mcdonalds is a job for kids. Pimple faced greasy burger eating kids. Not adults. Starter job is a saying, for a reason. Yes you have been there and have your seniority. Take that with you when you look for a BETTER JOB. Don’t try and make a crap job pay you for your lack of useful skills.
Everything these people are complaining about, is the same thing that cashiers in gas stations have to go through, except the cashier in a gas station is all alone.

Fastfood Unions will lead to less people actually working. Slower service, higher cost for their products. Endless strikes, poor service. eventual closing of business. Bam, horsemeat company wins the #1 spot.

 

Let’s leave this starter job for the kids. If they are happy to work, keep them away from the old grunts who try to get them mad so they can have someone support their clingy selves and their family on a fastfood wage.

$15.00 an hour is ridiculous for a person who understands that the buzzer means the fries are done. Especially when none of them know when the fry grease smells bad. Or they think we don’t know.