Ten Years of Bad Science | Main | Italy's Constitutional Crisis
February 08, 2009

Undercover at Wal-Mart

I am an unabashed lover of Wal-Mart, especially the Supercenters. A place I can buy a tube of toothpaste without having to get a mortgage first? I'm there.

So was Charles Platt, a writer doing an undercover stint at a Supercenter in Arizona:

A week later, I found myself in an elite group of 10 successful applicants convening for two (paid) days of training in the same claustrophobic, windowless room. As we introduced ourselves, I discovered that more than half had already worked at other Wal-Marts. Having relocated to this area, they were eager for more of the same.

Why? Gradually the answer became clear. Imagine that you are young and relatively unskilled, lacking academic qualifications. Which would you prefer: standing behind the register at a local gas station, or doing the same thing in the most aggressively successful retailer in the world, where ruthless expansion is a way of life, creating a constant demand for people to fill low-level managerial positions? A future at Wal-Mart may sound a less-than-stellar prospect, but it's a whole lot better than no future at all.

In addition, despite its huge size, the corporation turned out to have an eerie resemblance to a Silicon Valley startup. There was the same gung-ho spirit, same lack of dogma, same lax dress code, same informality - and same interest in owning a piece of the company. All of my coworkers accepted the offer to buy Wal-Mart stock by setting aside $2 of every paycheck.

As the man says, read the whole thing. Not that much of it will be new for AOSHQ readers, but there is quite a bit about basic economics. Though it isn't mentioned, the spectre of EFCA hangs over the whole thing.


digg this
posted by Gabriel Malor at 02:16 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Johnny: "172 Ugggh I saw that. Horrible. ..."

simplemind: "Hercules shoveling out the stables. ..."

garrett: "In so many ways, this is The Story of the Obama Ad ..."

logprof: "And Charles Barkley. Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr ..."

naturalfake: " I'd like to apologize here and now for intr ..."

Barack Obama is a bad, bad man : "'I'm "nearly certain" that Clapper was the leaker' ..."

Neal Marks, American Newsperson: "President Trump is the SMOD! ..."

JackStraw: "Oh and Admiral Rogers, who was the head of the NSA ..."

Bertram Cabot, Jr.: "It's only the methane gas that's actually burning. ..."

Mark Andrew Edwards [/i] [/b]: "191 When do we get the naked Ivanka video? Posted ..."

phone of kari - certified sidebar: "As frustrating, embarrassing to our country, and i ..."

Adirondack Patriot: "My, what a deep swamp you have. ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64