Pros: Busy environment, some great hard working people
Cons: Extra hours worked with no compensation, disregard for safety and well-being, poor communication
This is a company that rarely makes good on their word, even if you have something in writing. I have seen hard working co-workers (Assistant Managers) lose their jobs over petty politics, standing up for what was right, and clueless Store Managers that take credit for the ASM's work.
Should you ever accept a position as an overnight ASM, be prepared to be stuck on this shift for far longer than promised. It is a thankless position that will affect your health and social life. Walmart cares not about either of these things.
As a daytime Assistant Manager, your work/life balance will nearly be non-existent. Walmart takes full advantage of salaried members of management, and makes them put in extra hours (with no compensation) consistently. Many of the Store Managers will even make you feel bad (and treat you as an outcast) for leaving on time. Get ready to close until midnight and have to open the store the next day by 6:30am, leaving you little time to sleep and be in a good mental state to work safely. At the store level, labour standards are often ignored by the Store Manager. Safety standards are often ignored as well. It is rare that any backroom at Walmart is skid free and safe for the associates. I'm surprised the Ministry of Labour hasn't fined or shut down more stores by now.
The People Manager division has little to no interest in helping the associates. They are merely a safety net in covering Walmart's interests. It's no wonder a union has long been talked about by the associates. Speaking of which, some of Walmart's hardest work is in diminishing any opportunity – more... of a union. In fact, associates are generally terminated at the mere mention of the word "union". There is no free speech here.
Like any place, you get a mix of good and bad. In my 15 years of retail, I can tell you that I have never experienced more disgusting treatment than I did with Walmart, as an Assistant Manager. My experience as an hourly associate was more pleasant; hence why I didn't give them the lowest of ratings. I also had the privilege of working with some great people.
I urge you to really consider what you're getting into when considering this company. Job security is not a thing and neither is compassion for your well being. They continue to cut wage budgets and put all the work on the Assistant Managers laps. What a terrible place to give your all to, with very little reward. – less