An unidentified Walmart store manager ripped the corporation in an anonymous letter published on Thursday, saying practices have deteriorated over the past two decades.
“Walmart use [sic] to keep giving you raises no matter your hourly rate,” the manager wrote to Gawker. “They now have caps based on position held. I have many associates who have not received a raise in nearly nine years.”
The manager’s letter stated that he began working for the company shortly after the death of founder Sam Walton in 1992, and used to consider himself a defender of Walmart’s policies.
“Walmart was a good company to work for in relations to the retail sector,” he wrote. “However I feel horrible for the associates I have to manage and the struggles they face. I ask this question, How come in 1999 Walmart could pay me over $10 an hour but in 2014 I hire people in at $8.00 an hour?”
Not only are incoming employees paid less, he said, but they are also ineligible for Christmas bonuses. Also, store managers no longer have the authority to authorize raises; instead, that is decided at the corporate level.
“I could keep going but basically Walmart has been hacking on its benefit and pay structure for years to save on cost,” the manager wrote. “Their over all view point [sic] is that there is little difference in performance and return on investment [between] a ten year associate and a new hire.”
The manager also explained that he could “never send an honest feedback” within the company without fearing for repercussions, saying Walmart had discontinued a feature allowing any employee to submit questions to former chief executive officer Lee Scott.
“Retaliation is alive at Walmart,” the author told Gawker, saying he wrote in using a new email address to further protect himself.
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