Our Story

Working at Walmart

Our people make the difference. That phrase started as a meeting theme in 1979 and it has long been our way of thinking. We couldn’t serve our customers without the continued support of our greatest asset: our associates. So we’re proud to support them, too, by offering jobs at all levels – and investing in our workforce through training and skills development so that entry-level jobs lead to careers.

Opportunity & Advancement

A History of Advancement, An Opportunity to Succeed

Walmart is a place of opportunity. Here, you can go as far as your hard work and talent will take you.

Our associates are building better lives for their families, and we’re proud to be a part of their success stories. We o­ffer competitive pay, health care and benefits, as well as bonus opportunities, merchandise discounts, and most of all, a chance to move up.

Did you know? 

  • About 75% of our store management teams started as hourly associates, and they earn between $50,000 and $170,000 a year — similar to what firefighters, accountants, and even doctors make.

  • Last year, we promoted about 170,000 people to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay.
  • Over 300,000 associates have been with Walmart for 10 years or more.

  • Full- and part-time associates are eligible for quarterly bonuses based on store performance.
  • Last year, associates earned approximately $500 million in bonuses.
  • Walmart associates can earn college credit for work experience.

  • Full- and part-time associates are eligible for 15% tuition grants at American Public University.
  • Since the credit for prior learning program was launched in 2010, Walmart associates have qualified for more than $10 million in tuition cost savings and reduced their potential time in class by well over 250,000 hours.
  • Above and beyond earning college credit for work experience, Walmart associates have enrolled for and completed more than 40,000 college courses with APU.
  • We offer scholarships to associates and their dependents through the Walmart Foundation.


Our Culture

Sam Walton founded Walmart with the strong conviction that a retailer could help people save money and live better. That continues to be why we're in business today — it's our purpose. Our culture is how we work together to fulfill that purpose. It's incorporated into every aspect of our business.

Our Beliefs

Our beliefs are the foundation of our culture: service to our customers, respect for the individual, striving for excellence and acting with integrity. Our adherence to these principles has created a unique work culture at Walmart. No matter where you go — to any of our stores and offices in any of our brands around the world — our associates live these values.

  • Service to our customers
  • Respect for the individual
  • Strive for excellence
  • Act with integrity

Service to Our Customers

Every associate — from our CEO to our hourly associates in local stores — is reminded daily that our customers are why we’re here. We do our best every day to provide the greatest possible level of service to everyone we come in contact with.

  • Serve our customers by making them our first priority.
  • Support our associates so they can best serve our customers.
  • Give to the local community in ways that connect to our customers.

Respect for the Individual

From Walmart’s earliest days as a small discount store, we have emphasized the importance of respect for every associate, every customer and every member of the community. 

  • Value and recognize the contributions of every associate.
  • Own what we do with a sense of urgency, and empower each other to do the same.
  • Communicate by listening to all associates and sharing ideas and information.

Strive for Excellence

The key to our success is constantly looking for ways to improve ourselves and improve our business. We strive to lead not just our industry, but also each other to the next level of success. 

  • Innovate by trying new ways of doing things and improving every day.
  • Model a positive example as we pursue high expectations.
  • Work as a team by helping each other and asking for help.

    Act with Integrity

    Our beliefs are built on a foundation of integrity — our values of honesty, fairness and objectivity guide how we apply these beliefs to the workplace. We strive to: 

    • Be honest by telling the truth and keeping our word.
    • Be fair and open when dealing with associates, suppliers and other stakeholders.
    • Be objective by making decisions based solely on Walmart's interests while operating in compliance with all laws and our policies.


    Benefits for health and financial well-being

    Walmart has a long history of providing health care and benefits to our associates, and we are proud of the quality plans we offer, which are among the best in the retail industry.

    Did you know? 
    Our most popular health care plan starts at only $18.40 per pay period – and includes an up-front contribution of $250 to $1,000 to help pay for medical expenses.

    All of our eligible associates – both full and part-time -- have affordable options that include no lifetime maximum, preventive care covered at 100% and an up-front contribution to help pay for medical expenses. Walmart continues to pay on average, over 75% of the premium cost and 60% of total health care costs for associates covered under our medical plans.

    Our comprehensive benefits plans also offer to eligible associates:

    • Medical plans starting at $18.40 per pay period
    • Dental plan
    • Vision plan
    • Coverage for domestic partners
    • Centers of Excellence Program – covers select spine and heart procedures, knee and hip replacement surgeries, and beginning in Jan. 1 2015, will cover breast, lung and colorectal cancers – all at no cost to associates
    • Free access to nurse care managers and health care advisors
    • We provide $250 to $1,000 through Health Reimbursement Plans and up to a $600 match in our Health Savings Account plan to help pay for eligible network or non-network medical expenses
    • Resources for Living, a free confidential counseling and health information service
    • Company-paid life insurance
    • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
    • Critical illness insurance
    • Short- and long-term disability insurance
    • Business travel accident insurance 

    Did you know? 
    Walmart offers 401(k) retirement savings with matching contributions of up to 6%.

    Financial Benefits:

    • 401(k) retirement savings with matching contributions of up to 6% for eligible associates
    • Associate stock purchase plan with company match
    • Walmart Discount Card that offers a 10% discount on fresh fruit, vegetables and regularly priced general merchandise at Walmart stores
    • Associate Discount Center that offers exclusive discounts on travel, cell phone services, entertainment and other goods and services not available in Walmart stores.


    As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart offers the opportunity for personal and professional growth on an unprecedented scale. Here, you'll find the chance to impact the community you live and work in, to innovate for the next generation of customers, and to build a career doing what you love.

    Visit http://careers.walmart.com/ to explore opportunities around the world.