Walmart's Seasonal Hiring: Plans To Hire More Than 50,000

Walmart hiring seasonal jobs

(Reuters) -- Walmart Stores Inc. plans to hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees to work at its Walmart stores in the United States, slightly more than it did last year, as it gets ready for the winter holiday season, its busiest time of year.

The world's largest retailer also said on Friday that it would give current workers the chance to work more hours during the season. Some Walmart workers have said that they are not given the opportunity to work as many hours as they would like.

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"We know many customers are continuing to struggle as a result of the economy and high unemployment levels, but they have shown us that they're resilient. They're committed to giving their families a memorable Christmas," Walmart U.S. Chief Operating Officer Gisel Ruiz said in a statement.

Walmart didn't say how many seasonal workers it hired for the 2011 holiday season, but the plan to hire more than 50,000 is up slightly from last year. The company is trying to improve the level of service at its thousands of stores, where shoppers often complain that they have to wait in long lines to pay.

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Retailers typically add seasonal staff in the weeks leading up to the holiday shopping season in order to work in stores and to help in other areas, such as distribution and fulfilling online orders.

Earlier this week, department store chain Kohl's Corp. said it planned to increase its holiday season hiring by more than 10 percent. Kohl's said on Tuesday that it plans to hire more than 52,700 people for the holiday season to work in stores and support its online business.

Target Corp., meanwhile, said it plans to hire about 80,000 to 90,000 seasonal employees for its stores and distribution centers. While Target plans to hire fewer than the 92,000 seasonal staff it brought on in 2011, it said that 30 percent of those who were hired to work during last year's holiday season were then given year-round positions.

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nottenkamper

NO BENEFITS go with these jobs at all. Slave labor at best. They will get laid off after the holidays are over, and no one gets 40 hours, as they would have to give them benefits. What a rip off corporation.

September 22 2012 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bebuff

Maybe they can hire some of the B O A employees getting laid off...

September 22 2012 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
masinent

I was hired at 32 hours a week been there 2 years & now I,m lucky to get 24 & still not even making 9 dollars an hour. Seems like every thime they hire more people they cut the hours of the ones already working & exoect us to train them. A union would be nice

September 22 2012 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Chris

I worked for them for almost 8 years and was a full-time associate. They are doing this so they can cut any full-time status associates, and hire everyone part-time. This way, they have people working in their stores and getting the work done, yet they don't have to pay any benefits to their associates. At the store I worked at, we really didn't have any associates around, so everyone was cross-trained on bascially everything in the store. It got too musch for me & too stressed out. Hope everything works out for you.

September 22 2012 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arenadood

People act like Wallyworld is the only one hiring seasonal help. How many they hire is just a drop in a bucket compared to the total numbers hired in the U. S.

September 22 2012 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillsCatz

Why bother to make a big hoohaw out of this? 50K temps that they'll employ, annoy and abuse -- and lay them off in January.

September 22 2012 at 11:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Do you know any retailer that stores more than 100 pallets of merchandise out side in the rain and snow when trailers are not available? Take a guess.

September 22 2012 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PJD120

I was a customer service supervisor and I still wasn't fulltime and barely made 10 bucks an hour, and when the christmas season slowed down, my hours went down until i was hardly making anything. Walmart is really for kids just getting out of high school and the elderly that have retired. If you have a degree, walmart isnt for you unless you get an asst. manager or manager's position, those jobs pay very well.

September 22 2012 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
teetse123

They stoped having door greeters earlier this year. They are on Forbes list of wealthiest Americans, too bad they made a lot of their money underpaying and not giving benefits to their employees. If they are making so much money they should pay their employees a living wage and buy American!

September 22 2012 at 11:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Iselin007

They were converted into aisle greeters. Basically the former door greeters now stand in the aisle and greet the customers. Funny the next stop however is the door where someone like Talx will try to deny their unemployment benefits.

September 22 2012 at 12:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

How many will be wrongfully terminated? How many will be fired for obeying their Co-manager?

September 22 2012 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Do the math addition and subtraction then be glad your not one of the chumps.

September 22 2012 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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