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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? 

  • Walmart is investing $2.7 billion over two years in higher wages, education and training.
  • More than 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 more than 200,000 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 more than $550 million in bonuses.
  • Full- and part-time associates are eligible for 15% tuition grants at American Public University.
  • Walmart offers scholarships to associates and their dependents through the Walmart Foundation.
  • Walmart associates can earn college credit for work experience.
    • Since the credit for prior learning program was launched in 2010, Walmart associates have qualified for more than $48 million in tuition cost and fee savings and reduced their potential time in class by well over 2,500,000 hours.
    • Above and beyond earning college credit for work experience, Walmart associates have enrolled for and completed more than 65,000 college courses with APU.


Culture is the foundation of everything we do at Walmart. We define culture as our values in action. It’s how we deliver superior customer service, create a great front-line work environment and improve performance in order to achieve our common purpose of saving people money so they can live better. The Walmart Culture is one of high performance, and it is how we live out our Values of Service to the Customer, Respect for the Individual, Strive for Excellence and Act with Integrity through our everyday behaviors. Each of our four Values has a set of three corresponding Behaviors that, when practiced daily by every associate, can help us deliver business results and create a culture of inclusion.

Values & Behaviors

Service to the Customer

Customer First – Listen to, anticipate and serve customer wants and needs
Frontline Focused – Support and empower associates to serve customer everyday
Innovative and Agile – Be creative, take smart risks and move with speed

Respect for the Individual

Listen – Be visible and available; collaborate with others and be open to feedback
Lead by Example – Be humble, teach and trust others to do their jobs; give honest and direct feedback
Inclusive – Seek and embrace differences in people, ideas, and experiences

Strive for Excellence

High performance – Set and achieve aggressive goals
Accountable – Take ownership, celebrate successes and be responsible for results
Strategic – Make clear choices, anticipate changing conditions and plan for the future

Act with Integrity

Honest – Tell the truth, keep your promises and be trustworthy
Fair – Do right by others; be open and transparent
Courageous – Speak up, ask for help, make tough calls and say no when appropriate


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 $23.20 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, eligible 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 $23.20 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 breast, lung and colorectal cancers – all at no cost to associates
  • Free access to nurse care managers and health care advisors
  • We provide $500 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 

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.

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