August 12, 2005

Wal-Mart Hiring Center

A cute look into a Wal-Mart war room hiring center in Boyertown, PA:

Since July 26, the hiring center has been in full swing, full momentum, trying to flesh out its roster for the Oct. 26 grand opening. To properly outfit the store's shelves, aisles, and departments with the appropriate merchandise - from tires to frozen turkeys - Wal-Mart will need to hire its 300 to 400 staff by the September date.

"It's a pretty frantic operation," describes John Mchugh, store manager for Bethlehem's Super Wal-Mart who will helm Boyertown's in the fall. "We need
to get everyone trained and ready to go." Training will be supervised by a management team of nearly a dozen.

The people applying for jobs include a recent high school grad, a poor college student, and two men in automotive school.

Hmmmm... Why are thsee people applying to Wal-Mart when the jobs are allegedly so poor paying? No alternatives, you say, so Wal-Mart is their best alternative? Well, no, look at the list some of the local alternatives:

1) Cabot Supermetals is paying $16-$21 per hour for those with experience in a chemical manufacturing environment.

2) Early Intervention teachers with high school graduation and 3 years of childcare expeirence required. $8.50 an hour.

3) SEWING MACH. OPER & ASSEMBLERS - l Boyertown Co. l 1st shift 7 am - 3:30 pm l $8 - $9/ hr. l Exp Req.

4) Truck Mechanic Exp. necessary $21-$25hr depending on exp. Co. paid bnfts, KOP area shop. Day shift. CDL & insp. lic. a plus.

5) Construction Laborers $9.47/hr. FT w/benefits. Concrete/Carpentry/ Mechanical exp. helpful. E.O.E. Drug test required.

6) Home Health/ Home Care Aide... Wide variety of duties including personal care assistance, housekeeping, activities, opportunities on all shifts. No certification required. Start wage $8.50 _ attendance bonus + insurance +vacation + 401k + sick leave.

7) DOCKWORKERS PJAX, INC part time dockworkers to load/unload trucks. 2nd shift available. New starting p/t rate $11.50/hr; f/t $12.50/hr. Forklift experience preferred.

8) Line Cooks Full service, casual resturant seeking FT kit. help. $10-$12 per hr. PT/FT avail. All shifts.

9) Production Workers Needed for sheet metal shop, 1st shift turret press operator. Heavy lifting reqd. Good math apptitude & the ability to read tape measurer Up to $14.45 per hr

10) LIFEGUARDS for apt complex pool $10/hr

11) Assistant Bookkeeper 12-month position. Position requirements: post high school business education and/or three to five (3-5) years related business experience; Knowledge of payroll procedures as related to salaries; fringe benefits; federal and state withholdings; accounts payable; and financial record keeping; strong computer experience with emphasis in Excel applications. Position responsibilities include strong communication skills in working with district-wide personnel, high degree of professionalism and confidentiality. Position is hourly, support staff, full benefits coverage, $19.55 per hour.

Search outside of Boyertown, and the list goes on and on, and those are the jobs that actually put the offered wages in the classified ad...

Given this information, how much should Wal-Mart pay a high school graduate with no experience? And a part-time college student?

Posted by Kevin on August, 12 2005 at 03:51 PM