It upsets me when people who don’t know my company offer criticisms without facts. I want to respond to Megan Bronson’s commentary, “Don’t panic: Raising minimum wage makes sense” and offer a first-hand perspective on Walmart.
I started with Walmart in 2001 in an entry-level, part-time position. Through my hard work and with the support I received from my store management, I received several promotions and am now manager of the bakery department of a Fresno Walmart Supercenter.
The best part is that I don’t have to stop here. Because Walmart provides opportunities to grow and succeed, I have lots of choices about my future and my future is brighter because of it.
It doesn’t matter if you’re starting out as a cashier, cart pusher or other entry-level position, Walmart is a place where you can thrive. If you don’t want to take my word for it, you can ask any of the other 75% of store-management associates who also started in hourly positions just like me. They know what I know: It isn’t about how much you make when you start. It’s about the opportunities you have to grow and climb the ladder of success.
Cindy Gibson, Fresno