Operation Smile has sent us a statement about their rather insane job interview process, which we have appended to our earlier post. "[Planning] and delivering a fun, social activity, including dinner...helps identify the applicant's strengths and/or weaknesses in communicating, problem-solving skills and teamwork."
In 2006, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance requiring large retailers to pay workers a "living wage" of $10 an hour, plus benefits. The mayor vetoed the bill. In a few months, Wal-Mart will open a new store in Chicago, with starting pay of $8.75 per hour. Who won? We offer you a new round of true stories from Wal-Mart employees to help you judge.
Wal-Mart, a $254 billion corporation, is so terrified of its employees sharing their true workplace stories with us that it's purchased ads on Google and Twitter expressly targeted at our readers. On its employee website, the company also asked workers to share positive stories. Here are the comments they got.
Earlier this week, we published a new installment of our occasional series of true stories from Wal-Mart workers. The company was so displeased with its employees speaking publicly that they posted a plea on an internal website asking other employees to send us positive stories. We've gotten quite a few stories. But most aren't positive at all.
In the past, we have brought you several volumes of true stories from Wal-Mart workers, describing what life is like as an employee of the biggest retailer on earth. Union-busting and heartless corporate behavior stories abounded. Today, we bring you a few more plaintive wails from inside the Walton empire.
A reader, unemployed, emailed us today to vent his frustration at the online personality tests he was forced to take when applying for even the most menial jobs—in this case, a position working the counter at the gas station/ convenience store chain Twice Daily. "It is ludicrous," our reader said. He has a point.
In order to have a job to make enough money to buy food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities of human life, The Company is going to need a few things from you. We need you to be here on time. We need you to fill out your TPS reports. And we're gonna need to track your every move and word via electronic sensors. Mmmmkay?
After Barack Obama's reelection, some business owners went so far as laying off workers and attributing it to fear of new taxes; other employers vowed to reduce employees' hours in order to avoid paying for their health care under Obamacare. Those actions are despicable in their own way, but at least they may be defended as a sort of rational business move. How exciting that one fine business owner has figured out a way to become a bigger asshole on this issue than any of his peers.
Yesterday, we told you that David Siegel, the humongously wealthy CEO who threatened to lay his workers off if Obama was reelected, did not, in fact, lay them off—he gave everyone raises. Unfortunately, not every boss is as kindly as the King of Versailles. Our call for news of Obama reelection-related layoffs brought in the following, from across the nation:
Last month, David Siegel, the CEO of Westgate Resorts, sent his thousands of employees a very ominous letter warning them that if Barack Obama was reelected, it could "endanger your job," and that "If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company." So... has everyone been fired, yet?
So there's a new poll, see, and one thing that makes this poll special is that three quarters of the respondents were just regular people all over the world, and one quarter of respondents were "marketing professionals." Got it? A poll heavily weighted towards marketing professionals. That's the setup. Now, here is the payoff: