Jamie Chung, SVP and General Counsel-Global eCommerce, Walmart. Photo Courtesy of Walmart.
Over 300,000 Walmart associates have their 10+ year badge. That kind of employee loyalty isn’t born overnight. Walmart’s commitment to its well-lived values has made it a place women love to work. Not just for a year, but for the duration of their career.
At Walmart, women’s careers provide them with a sense of meaning — not just a paycheck. Its focus is on doing the right thing for its customers, its associates and its communities. That means empowering its talent with the support and resources they need to do their best, both for themselves and others.
“Walmart is a great place to come learn and grow with a company,” one anonymous female reviewer wrote on Fairygodboss. “If you work hard... you will be rewarded for your efforts.”
Keep reading to discover the five parts of Walmart life that women especially value, including its commitment to diversity, wealth of growth opportunities and support for local communities.
At Walmart, diversity and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords — they’re a priority that is lived by everyone within the organization.
Walmart has been the home to active associate resource groups for 10 years, including groups dedicated to ensuring Walmart is the workplace of choice for the LGBTA community, for associates of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, for associates impacted by disabilities and for women. Their dedication to workplace inclusivity has helped Walmart achieve a score of 100 score on the Disability Equality Index and resulted in 43% of Walmart managers being women.
“That’s the essence of our mission,” Ben Hasan, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, said. “To create an inclusive culture where all associates work together to deliver on our shared purpose.”
An important part of the inclusion equation at Walmart is the uniqueness of perspectives — and that includes the uniqueness of career paths. That’s why it has dedicated efforts to recruit people from less-traditional paths. Walmart’s Military Spouse Career Connection program, for instance, has helped it hire nearly 6,000 military spouses since launching on Veterans Day in 2018. And its “returnship” program, Path Forward, helps caregivers who’ve paused their careers to reenter the workforce.
Diversity of family structure exists, too. Walmart understands that families take many forms and supports their professionals’ in growing theirs however they choose to do so. In 2019, it demonstrated that support by expanding its paid parental leave benefits. Now, Walmart employees receive up to 10 weeks of protected paid maternity leave and up to six weeks of protected paid parental leave for non-birth parents of any gender, including those who are welcoming a new child through adoption or foster care. Walmart also expanded its adoption assistance benefit to cover up to $5,000 of related expenses.
Walmart employs millions of associates in thousands of roles, from cashiers to software engineers, nurse practitioners to product managers. Something it prioritizes for each and every one of those associates is the opportunity to grow.
One strong example of this commitment: Walmart associates are given the opportunity to earn debt-free degrees in business or supply chain management through its Live Better U program for just $1 day. Associates can also receive college credit for paid training at Walmart Academies. As of 2019, it’s helped make over $317 million in college credits possible.
The company also supports a strong performance feedback loop and promotions from within. 200,000 associates were promoted last year alone.
Walmart has a long history of providing comprehensive health care and benefits to its associates. All eligible Walmart associates — both full- and part-time — have affordable healthcare options (starting at $26 a pay period) that include no lifetime maximum and eligible preventive care covered at 100%. Additionally, Walmart’s Centers of Excellence program covers select spine and heart procedures, knee and hip replacement surgeries, organ and tissue transplants, and breast, lung and colorectal cancers — all at no cost to associates. Walmart empowers its employees to take care of their mental and physical wellness by offering generous paid time off, streamlining paid vacation, sick time, personal time and holiday time into one category.
The company offers a wealth of benefits for tending to financial health, too. Walmart associates can contribute to their 401(k) starting on their first day with the company. It provides up to a 6% match after one year on the job. Associates can also participate in an associate stock purchase plan with company match.
Walmart is known for its passion in giving back on both a broad and a personal scale. Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation generally provide more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind donations each year to support programs that align with its philanthropic priorities. On average, each of its stores gives more than $100,000 in cash grants to the community it’s a part of, and it's provided more than $42 million in local grants, too.
Much of Walmart’s community-based work has to do with protecting the environments it operates within, including combating climate change through Project Gigaton, which aims to reduce one billion metric tons of greenhouse gases by 2030; build 36 community solar gardens; work with U.S. private brand suppliers to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging by 2025; and install over 120 electric vehicle charging stations at Walmart stores nationwide. Since 2005, Walmart has also conserved more than 1.4 million acres across the U.S. through its Acres for America program.
Working at Walmart provides women the unique opportunity to do purposeful work within a company predicated on integrity and inclusion at each level of its organization. Right now, Walmart is hiring in over 10,000 roles across the United States within most of those levels.
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