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’re investing in our associates by offering competitive pay, advanced training through Walmart Academies, career development through our Pathways training program and, most of all, a chance to move up. No matter what goals our associates set for themselves, we want to help them grow professionally and personally. To that end, we offer a variety of education benefits.
Training and Opportunity
Walmart Academies is an immersive training program that is tied to a working supercenter, allowing associates to receive both classroom and sales floor training in advanced retail skills and soft skills like leadership, communications and change management. In 2018 alone, we trained 450,000 associates including frontline supervisors, department managers and assistant managers in our Academies.
We deployed more than 15,000 virtual reality headsets to every store in 2018. Now associates in all stores are learning through VR headsets.
A new video game called Spark City lets anyone “play” as a department manager. Through the game, associates enrolled in Walmart Academies learn the same techniques and processes that they will use on the sales floor in real life. The game is free to the public on the Apple app store and the Google Play store.
In Walmart’s fiscal year 2019 we promoted more than 215,000 people to higher-paying jobs with increased responsibility.
More than 75% of our salaried store management teams started as hourly associates.
Store managers, on average, earn $175,000 annually and manage and help mentor 300 associates.
Full- and part-time associates are eligible for quarterly bonuses based on store performance. In Walmart’s fiscal year 2019, hourly associates earned nearly $800 million in bonuses.
We’ve converted nearly 175,000 associates from part-time to full-time in fiscal year 2019.
In partnership with Guild Education, our Live Better U program gives associates the opportunity to earn debt-free, high-quality degrees in business, supply chain management, and technology for just $1 per day. Walmart covers remaining costs and other required fees.
Associates may receive college credit for qualifying training at Walmart Academies. As of 2019, associates have already earned more than $317 million in college credits.
Walmart also offers education benefits for GED attainment, high school completion, College Start, language training, and technology certificates.