The Dallas Morning News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Marua Halkias reports, “This may be a good year to get recruited and promoted at Walmart.”
Walmart executives said at the company’s annual meeting Thursday that it has launched a pilot program to give college graduates and those graduating within a year, including Walmart employees, a jump-start into management.
Through the College2Career program, they’re offered a job as an “emerging coach” with a starting salary of at least $65,000 a year. These positions come with the potential to move into store management in as little as two years and into a six-figure salary.
Walmart store managers were paid an average salary of $210,000 last year, and the stores they lead are each like a big business under one roof with average annual sales of $100 million and 300 employees.
The retailer has more than 5,300 U.S. stores and said it has 1,200 new Walmart, Sam’s Club and supply chain managers that it’s putting through what it’s calling an “immersive leadership experience.”
That’s a lot of new hires at the management level, but Lorraine Stomski, senior vice president, associate learning and leadership, said the number also includes fulfillment and distribution centers.
“Life happens,” Stomski said. The company listened closely to its workers during the pandemic and while there was a lot of talk of the “great resignation,” she said, there was an equal amount of “resetting,” or people trying new jobs within the company.