According many reasons. Several examples have been given in

According to Mike Duke, Walmart employees are all a part of “one
big family”. This statement however was laughed at by a loyal, long time worker,
stating that he did not know who Mike was, but he was not a part of his family.
It is obvious that Walmart is a huge employer to a substantial portion of
people from all over the world, boasting that they have accumulated nearly 2 million
employees. While it is evident that Walmart tries desperately to maintain a
positive image in the eye of both the customer and the community, they do not
always succeed in this endeavor for many reasons. Several examples have been
given in the case of instances where small, content towns have been notified that
they will shortly be receiving a Walmart, but more often than not this results
in petitions by the towns folk and other residents to the area. Walmart is a
profit driven company, so from a business standpoint it is very acceptable to
branch out and occupy new regions in order to generate profit wherever possible.
In the video, a team was assembled that went and scouted possible zones that a
Walmart would be most effective in, however it seemed that this team lacked the
ability to assess the emotions of the community and their feelings towards this
new era. Many small towns were extremely content with their current stores,
bakeries, and other shops which generated just enough income for residents to
live comfortably on. The ease of living in a “small town” is easily thwarted by
the idea of placing a giant store such as Walmart which results the loss of
jobs for merchants in these areas, disrupting the quality of life for
individuals in certain areas. Clearly Walmart has the consumers best interest
at heart, their slogan being “save money, live happy”, however these low prices
they proudly set are dangerous to other merchants in the area. In normal small
towns, there is typically one store for everything and the prices are often
reasonable but could usually be a bit lower. When a huge company like Walmart
rolls in, these merchants and store owners are not able to compete with the
prices and instantly lose all of their customers which results in the loss of
jobs and/or income. I would argue that Walmart even verges on the definition of
a Monopoly in these smaller parts of the US where they have taken root, due to
the extent of their competition.

            Clearly,
Walmart has some contemplating to do based on their location and the reaction from
the supporting community, but this doesn’t mean that on the inside Walmart is
necessarily a happy place ready to take root wherever they go. Many current
employees such as the man mentioned in the video dedicate all of their time to
this multi-billion-dollar company that they seem to see so little of that share
of money. A large portion of Walmart employees are the result of young adults
trying to make a living for themselves during college or older people looking
to settle down soon and simply establish a retirement fund. No matter which
scenario an employee falls under, it is evident that Walmart is not doing its
fair share of providing its workers with adequate wages and/or other coverages
like insurance. Young adults working at Walmart are trying to start their
careers on the right foot and establish some kind of hold both on their
finances and connections within the businesses world. It is without a doubt that
employees of Walmart establish very useful connections while on the job, the
payouts of a company this large are often frowned upon. Walmart needs to focus
more of their money to the bottom of the pyramid where all the support lies,
instead of concentrating such a large money on the high ranks of the company.
These people seemingly devote their lives to the wellness of their respected
store, and in return receive nothing more than minimum wage, and a lackluster
insurance plan that less than 55% of their employees can even afford. I find it
humorous that the same people who claim Walmart is nothing but a “family” to
the very ones who are taking a large chunk of the profits, leaving their so
called families with nothing but crumbs to hardly get by on.

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            Legally,
Walmart meets its standards to pay its employees minimum wage, however it has
been nailed for claims against improper/unfair working conditions from many
countries such as China that it has decided to outsource work to so that it is
able to operate much cheaper than they already do. It is only because employees
of Walmart’s overseas are not deemed to be third party beneficiaries that they
are not entitled to compensation for the poor working conditions that Walmart
has provided/is currently providing. In Walmart’s vision statement, they almost
guaranty that each and every worker will be provided with a safe and clean
working space, but this is only to protect them from potential backlash from
their own workers. It looks great on paper to be able to claim how nice of
working conditions are supplied from all stores, but when people take the
initiative to file claims against Walmart for the exact opposite as what they
claim to provide to all employees, it is really just nonsense. Walmart knows
that these employees in China or Hong Kong or Japan do not qualify as third-party
beneficiaries, so they do not bother changing/helping their current conditions
which is highly unethical.

            Ethically,
it is very difficult for any store of Walmart’s proportion to truly carry out
the act of being one big family. I believe teamwork and camaraderie is
essential to the growth and well-being of a work environment, neither of which seem
to be attainable to a company of this size however. While it is the businesses
goal to enhance the experience that each customer has with their respected store,
the basis of most encounters has to do with the employees. I am aware that in order
to be hired at a Walmart you must undergo a relatively relaxed interview, in
which you will be assessed and deemed to be a good fit for the store or not. I
think that it is hard for corporate to even attempt to speculate and agree or
disagree with the stores decision regarding the future of each and every prospective
employees career and that can pose a potential threat to customers. It is
probably not in Walmart’s best interest to hire someone who can be moody and in
return dampen a customers day, but corporate will never know that this person
even exists which disproves the claims of a big family. If Walmart’s goal is
truly to entice their customers with the thought of a family oriented
atmosphere, it is my opinion that they need to crack down a little bit more in
their interviews and truly hire people who have a strong heart for the job and
will leave a lasting, positive impression on customers.

            I am well
aware that Walmart only has the best intentions for both its employees and its
customers, but for a company its size, both of these factors are going to be difficult
to moderate. It is in Walmart’s best interest to breed employees that are
highly outgoing and energetic in order to satisfy the claims of a family like
atmosphere. Although not all employees will have this same mindset towards the
store, I think it is in Walmart’s best interest to try and entice employees
into a more positive state of mind through bonuses and wage increases. As far
as I know, employees who have worked at Walmart for 5 years and employees who
just started this week get paid the exact same amount, and action needs to be
taken. What incentive do employees have to stay with Walmart if they are stuck
at a stagnant minimum wage for their remainder of time at the store? One of the
employees in the video made the point that he is not able to fully provide for
his family nor afford healthcare which is a serious problem for the business.

            Although I can
see from the perspective that struggling/developing families have towards the
wages that Walmart pays, I believe Walmart can use the argument of the type of
jobs they supply as a defense to their backlash concerning wages. Walmart is a
low skill cap job, which requires little to no formal education and is otherwise
classified as an entry level job. I understand that this is the only type of
job available to some people, but I believe if you truly which to provide for
your family then working full time at a store such as Walmart is not
necessarily going to be the bets way for you to do so.

            On the
outside, Walmart keeps a relatively clear image to the publics eye. They hold
low, competitive prices, and their stores are clean and easy to navigate. They
are a little bit dirtier from the inside, considering they pay employees the
lowest legal amount they are able to and do not provide healthcare to all
workers. The pyramid scheme of Walmart’s income as a business is far too
concentrated at the top and it is my belief that they finally take initiative and
share their wealth with their full-time employees. Walmart also needs to be
more conscious of the effects they have on the public when settling into a new
store, and the potential changes in the local economy they pose once they move
into a new area. Besides these points, I believe Walmart is run by a group of
intelligent people who ultimately have the best interest of the business at heart
and will continue to make strides towards the satisfactions of employees and
the act of moving towards a true “family” like environment.