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Minimum Age Requirement
Hours of Operation
All Hourly Positions/Job Titles at Walmart
Application Process
Interview Process
Experience Requirements
Required Skills
Most Popular Walmart Jobs
Application Tips
Benefits (Education and Health)
About Walmart

Walmart became the United States' number one retailer by the 1990s. It sits at number 24 in Forbes 2000s list for World's Largest Company and number 10 for Forbes' list of "America's 20 Largest Public Companies for 2018." But what is it about this particular company and employees that help to keep it successful?

Minimum Age Requirement:

While career level and experience may be a significant factor in the application process, the minimum age requirement is 16.

Hours of Operation:

While some cities and college towns enjoy the perks of going to Walmart supercenters at all hours of the night, around 2015, that started to change. Bloomberg (via Business Insider) confirmed that 40 of its supercenters would start closing for a few night hours. Even if the specialty stores inside (ex. hair and nails, banks, eye care) may close earlier, most Walmart supercenters are still 24/7. Hours of operation usually range around 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., but holidays and areas factor into a change in these times.

All Hourly Positions/Job Titles at Walmart

Hourly positions and titles include:

  1. Asset Protection (specialty area)
  2. Department Manager
  3. Fresh Food Associate
  4. Front-End Cashier
  5. Cart Attendant
  6. Janitorial
  7. Mechanic (specialty area, Auto department)
  8. Optometrist (specialty area, Vision department)
  9. Pharmacist
  10. Remodel Associate
  11. Stocker (backroom and receiving stations)
  12. Sales Associate (including specialty areas at supercenters)

Application Process

Be prepared to fill out all past employment before applying for your chosen job area at Walmart. If possible, make sure to include any relevant work experience, if your job of choice has a specific area. (For example, if you are tech savvy and familiar with machinery, make sure that is noticeable on a job application for a pharmacy technician.) After filling out the application electronically, job personnel will review the application to determine whether you are a match for available departments and shifts. (If you do not have computer access, check out your local library or a workforce solution center. Walmart no longer accepts paper applications.)

Interview Process:

If your job of choice is available in your chosen store location, job personnel will reach out to conduct in-person interviews with applicants. If the interview goes well, you will be contacted again with an employment offer. Be prepared for background checks and drug screenings, depending on the store and job.

Experience Requirements

Experience is heavily dependent on the job. Walmart has opportunities for people with no experience as well as those with boatloads of experience. Summer interns may just be required to be "self-starters" and be one year away from graduating from undergrad or graduate school. Managers may need a couple of years of retail experience. Sales Associates in the Photo Department may need to be as familiar with properly developing 35-millimeter film as they are printing digital photographs. Pay attention to the "Minimum Qualifications" area of Walmart Career breakdowns to see what is needed. If unavailable at a Walmart store, there may be similar opportunities at their sister stores in Sam's Club warehouses.

Required Skills
Generally speaking, everyone from a Sales Associate (Food, Pharmacy, Shoes, Photo, Auto, etc.) to a Stocker must be able to be on their feet for a minimum of four to six hours. Management is also found walking the floors of the stores instead of being in an office space. However, there are opportunities for people with mobile disabilities, such as Greeters. Basic math and machinery skills are a must while working with cash and electronic payments.

Brief description, pay, and requirements for these 5 positions:

According to Walmart's official site, hourly associates (including the five positions below) make a minimum of $11 per hour.

Here are examples of the kind of duties necessary to complete the five most popular jobs.

Stocker

  1. Unload trucks
  2. Answer production location questions from customers
  3. Move inventory to storage spaces
  4. Replace seasonal items, fresh items (ex. ice containers in summer months)
  5. Break down and load boxes into machines

Sales Associate

  1. Physically and/or verbally direct customers to product aisles
  2. Become familiar with all products in your primary department
  3. Speak with management and/or stockers when items are low
  4. Greet and be available to customers for potential questions
  5. Make sure shelves and register area are presentable and organized

Cashier

  1. Scan items for purchase
  2. Verify price checks and sales items
  3. Money handling
  4. Bag items efficiently and quickly
  5. Keep register area clean and organized
  6. A full Walmart Cashier job description and application are available on our site.

Manager

  1. Respond to refund/exchange problems
  2. Diplomatically handle customer concerns and complaints
  3. Schedule associates in specific departments
  4. Keep track of employees' attendance
  5. Train/assign employees in certain tasks as needed

Greeter

  1. Greet customers at store entrances
  2. Assist customers with carts, baskets, mobility carts for those with disabilities
  3. Suggesting picking up a coupon booklet for promotions/money-saving discounts
  4. Work with cart associate to make sure there are enough available carts in the store
  5. Cross-check customer receipts when they exit
  6. Learn more with our full Walmart Greeter job description and application are available on our site.

Application Tips

Highlighting any job that involves customer service, past register experience, money-handling positions and/or management experience ideally gets you an in-person interview. While Walmart gives beginners, intermediates and advanced workers an opportunity to learn, it helps to know where their areas of interest are so they'll want to stay working there. The store's site also confirms that 70 percent of the managers started as hourly associates.

Benefits (Education and Health)

Employees who are interested in advancing their education may be intrigued by the Walmart Foundation, which offers scholarship programs to qualified Walmart associates and their high school senior dependents. The maximum amount to win is $16,000 spread out over a six-year period.

Part-time employees must work a minimum of 30 hours per week to be eligible for medical benefits. Expect a 52-week wait period and a two-month grace period before benefits go into effect. So if you're hired on May 1, 2019, and work an average of 30 hours per week without a break in employment for 13 weeks or more, your medical coverage will start on July 1, 2020. Your spouse, domestic partner (of 12 months or more) and/or dependents (under the age of 26) are also eligible for inclusion after the wait period is complete.

Unlike the part-timer (or temporary worker), full-time employees' initial enrollment period is between their first paycheck and one day prior to their 89th continuous, full-time employment date. If your hire date is May 1, 2019, your medical coverage may start on July 31, 2019. The start date for medical coverage will be whichever is later between the first day of the calendar month or the eligibility date (i.e., the 89th day of work).

Employees can choose a combination of medical benefits such as HMO plans; vision insurance; dental insurance (for two full calendar years at a time), accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D); and critical illness insurance and accident insurance. Short-term and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; business travel accident insurance; and company-paid life insurance are also options during initial enrollment.

If enrolling for any of the above outside of your initial enrollment period, employees may have to wait 12 months to sign up.

About Walmart:

Walmart employs more than 2.2 million people worldwide. What once was a single Rogers, Arkansas discount store in 1962 has skyrocketed into more than 11,523 retail locations in 28 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. Outside of price and customer service, another way Walmart continues to be such a boost in popularity is that 90 percent of the population in the U.S. is within a 10-mile radius of a Walmart store. This makes it as easy to shop in as it is to look for available jobs. Out of more than 39,000 reviews on Glassdoor, employees gave Walmart a rating of 3.2 out of 5 rating. Approximately 55 percent of employees would recommend the store to friends and 65 percent approve of the CEO. With creator Sam Walton's goal of providing low prices and great customer service, these retail stores provide everything from groceries to auto service (in superstores).

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