How to Work at Sam's Club In Spite of Big Layoffs

walmartJust a few weeks ago Sam's Club, the warehouse store division of Wal-Mart, announced it was closing 11 stores. Now it looks like 11,200 more jobs, or about 10 percent of the staff, will be eliminated. Starting in February, the people handing out samples and doing demonstrations will not be company employees, but rather outsourced personnel. Sam's Club will also be cutting most of the people whose job it is to try and get you to join.

It's not so much about the bottom line, but about "In-club experience" said a company spokesperson. They believe specially trained workers from a third-party company like Shopper Events will do a better job at presenting food samples and demonstrating products. You have to admit, it's not the most exciting sales pitch when some bored employee with plastic gloves and a hairnet lackadaisically jabs a toothpick through a piece of sausage and tosses it on a napkin.

So, the smart job seeker will go to Shopper Events, the company that will be supplying outsourced personnel, and try to get a job through them. A visit to their website, www.shopperevents.com, reveals that they're based in Rogers, Arkansas, but if you call the number listed under Interested in a career with Shopper Events? (888-364-3033) they will graciously direct you to the office that takes care of hiring in your area. Sandy, an Orange County single mom who has been out of work since September, called the number, and was referred to the Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) website, and found an Irvine-based company which appeared to have a number of career opportunities available.

When you think about it, working with a company like Shopper Events or ASM might be a better career move. They work with other stores and products, in addition to Sam's Club, and there could be training, management and marketing opportunities involved.

See salaries for jobs at Sam's Club.

Working for a company that provides outsourced employees could also be of great benefit to you if your local Sam's Club is one of the ten that are closing, which include those in Nampa, ID; La Quinta, CA; Louisville, CO; Vista, CA; Rolling Meadows, IL; Clay, NY; Irvine, CA; and one each in the Houston, TX, Phoenix, AZ, and Sacramento, CA markets. About 1,500 workers are expected to lose jobs in those closings. But if they get positions at companies that provide outsourced employees, they can be sent to another store in their area.

See salaries for jobs at Sam's Club by city.

You might also think about this outsourcing tactic if you're one of those on-site workers whose job it is to try to get people to join Sam's Club. It's estimated that about two employees per store will be let go soon, and these positions will be eliminated, in favor of using direct marketing or price comparisons to lure in new members.

Of course, some of the full-time workers that are affected by these cuts will be eligible for severance pay and benefits, and will have an 'in' when applying at other Sam's Club locations or Walmart stores. But the majority of employees cut in this latest round will be part time help.

And then there's the fact that Sam's Club is actually growing in some locations. By the end of this fiscal year, there will be six new Clubs and 52 will have been remodeled into bigger and better facilities. Then in 2011, the company plans to open from five to ten new clubs, and expand and remodel between 60 to 80 of its older stores.


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Dave

Come to think about it SAMs might stand for what they may be helping to fund in china
(Surface to Air Missles)

August 01 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

SAMs club here in Augusta is being rennovated and it looks like the construction people on this job are from south of the border. Don't see any blacks or whites on this. I suspect (but don't know for sure that SAMs club and walmart are up to their old tricks again. One thing for sure they supply one he'll of a lot of crap from china. Seems like they have no problem at all selling out our country and putting more bucks in that communist country. Yeah so nice of them to put a few more rounds in a AK47 for use against us.

August 01 2010 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rupeshkumar

only money

February 02 2010 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rupeshkumar

as you want

February 02 2010 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
praveens14

Awesome

January 29 2010 at 4:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
praveens14

Cool Article..

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praveens14

Awesome

January 29 2010 at 4:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jammer James

Does anyone pay attention to the news???All of our recent Presidents have driven into the ground financially. This recent economic disaster really started back in the mid-90's. Although Clinton's intentions were good, he failed to look at the broad picture. He pushed to have the subprime loan implemented, so that the low income and more middle class families could have a piece of the American Dream...but by the time Bush got out of office, he took the blame for it, because by the time all "Hell" broke loose, it was on his watch.

And as far as outsourcing our jobs are concerned...I used to work as a supervisor for The Signature Group/Montgomery Wards subsidarary and everyone got hacked in 1999...and Wards thereafter didn't have two legs to stand on. And now whenever you call Customer Service for a lot of companies...you end up getting someone over in Asia somewhere or Tim-Buck-Tu somewhere...In my opinion...Bush couldn't save our jobs from being outsourced...neither is Obama able to save us from our economic downfall...no matter how much he tries.

Obama has spent more money in a year's time...compared to that which Bush spent in all of his eight years. (Changing the tone a bit)... We need to stop looking to mere man...and look to our Creator (God/Jesus Christ)...Oh...I forgot, there are some who think that all of the beauty we see got here by the occurrance of an explosion of some sort (Big Bang)...So maybe we need to pray to the (idol) Big Bang theory.

Anyway...our condition as a nation is so sad...and I don't care how many haters reply to this opinion of mine...you have yours and I have mine. What we need to be doing is getting on our knees and repenting of the sins of our nation...from the forefathers and our own...All it takes is one big shake up and then everyone wants to pray...then as soon as all seems normal again, we go back to our old ways again...

Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?-Lamentations 3:37......God is in control...we just might want to consider that God is trying to get our attention. And thank God that it's just in the area of our finances and not an earthquake...

January 28 2010 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
maggie

they also forgot to mention that we were given applications for this new company...but if we weren't doing our jobs why the hell would they tell us to apply?

January 27 2010 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marji

comment should of stated that we would be hired by this other company at half the HOURS and half the pay.AT Half the hours,half the pay..do I pay half of my bills,buy half of my prescriptions,buy half of my groceries???

January 27 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patricia Cress

I completely agree with all of you! As the song says, "The rich man is busy dancing while the poor man pays the band." Ain't that the truth, more now than ever before. I was one of the 'working people' who did run for a local political office. I made the mistake of stepping on several of the filthy rich people's toes and the paybacks from doing that came back to haunt me 2 years after I left office. I lost my day job (the rich have connections) and I didn't do anything wrong...I was just let go with no explanation! I have no idea how our economy is going to bounce back from this 'recession', but really we're in a full blown depression and I don't believe we're back on the road to recovery...as all the econonomist's say we are. I'm really the worst is yet to come. My Mother lived through the great depression and remembered what the crash of 1929 was like. She always said that when thing went too far out of hand as far as the economy goes, the whole thing has to bust wide open before it can start the 'boom' process. I sure hope we all come through this mess alright. I have doubts about that too.

January 27 2010 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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