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Walmart to go on holiday hiring spree

Walmart plans to add 40,000 associates for the holiday season and beyond.

Walmart plans to welcome approximately 40,000 additional associates in a variety of seasonal and full-time roles across its business, according to a post on the company’s website from Maren Waggoner, senior vice president of field people at Walmart U.S. 

Positions include:

  • Seasonal store associates to provide an outstanding experience for customers however they want to shop, whether that’s in-store or using the pickup and delivery services;
  • Full-time, permanent truck drivers, who keep the company moving year-round; and 
  • Customer Care associates to make sure there’s a knowledgeable, friendly voice on the other end of the line in the customer call centers this season.

Waggoner noted that Walmart will offer additional hours to current associates who want them. In fact, it’s never been easier for part-time associates to pick up extra shifts and build their own schedules with the flexibility they want. After that, we’ll offer the opportunity for those who want to earn extra money working on a temporary basis,’ Waggoner said.

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Waggoner noted that 75% of salaried managers begin as hourly associates, and that perks include health care and college tuition. Additionally Walmart’s average U.S. wage is more than $17 an hour, Waggoner said.

Many associates begin working at Walmart thinking they’ll be here for a few months, only to find that our culture of training, development and growth can’t be beat, Waggoner said. Whether it’s Walmart paying 100% of the cost of college tuition and books through Live Better U, skill development through our Walmart Academies or our focus on promoting from within, one thing is clear: There’s a path for everyone at Walmart. 

Waggoner went on to say that on average, entry-level associates promote to positions of higher wages and more responsibility in just seven months. In fact, 75% of our U.S. salaried management team in stores, clubs and supply chain began their careers as hourly associates, including our CEO Doug McMillon and Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner, to name a few. We have a long history of promoting from within, and I’m proud that it continues to be a core part of our culture, Waggoner said.

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Waggoner also shared that for associates who choose to build a career at Walmart, working at Walmart means access to a package of benefits that allow eligible associates and their families to take care of their physical, financial and emotional well-being. A few examples:

  • Medical coverage starts at $31.40 per paycheck and includes virtual healthcare programs and access to some of the best specialists and facilities in the country;
  • No-cost, confidential counseling sessions with licensed professionals are available to all associates;
  • Walmart offers a PTO policy that allows associates to plan for life outside of work, including paid sick leave;
  • For qualifying associates, we also offer a 401(k) match and an associate stock purchase plan match;
  • We invest in associate pay year-round, including in roles that help us deliver a great holiday season; and
  • Our U.S. average wage is more than $17 an hour, with many associates earning more based on role and market.

Lastly, Waggoner said that in the last several months, Walmart has raised pay in areas ranging from pharmacy technicians to truck drivers, not to mention we’re building a path to the driver’s seat for our associates through our Private Fleet Development program.

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Our associates are the heart of the holidays and as we approach this season of gratitude, I’m thankful for every associate and their dedication to making this season one to remember, Waggoner said.

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