Wal-Mart Good or Bad for America Essay

6229 Words Jul 31st, 2013 25 Pages
Is Wal-Mart Good For America?

Introduction
We all want to do what is best for our families, our friends, ourselves and our country. However, our nation’s number one corporation is under constant ridicule for being a negative part of the American way. Wal-Mart is the overall number one on the fortune 500, over taking Exxon Mobile after a one year slip to the number 2 spot. However Wal-Mart is constantly being ridiculed by media and everyday citizens, its employees included. These opinions are often brought forth because of four major issues; the pay and benefits packages of Wal-Mart employees, the quality and buying of their goods from China, big box corporation killing local businesses ,and Wal-Mart taking jobs away and not creating
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That brings us to our first issue; Are Wal-Mart employees, paid enough? According to the Business insider, Wal-Mart employees 1.4 million Americans, roughly 1% of the working class Americans, this is another indicator that Wal-Mart is good to its employees, and is bringing forth a strong work environment for the U.S citizens.
The average American working in retail makes $12.07 an hour (Young, 2004). With Wal-Mart being far and away the leader in big box retail, it is natural to think that their employees would be making slightly over that limit, after all, a company that’s profits fell just shy of the 17 billion dollar mark (Fortune 500, 2013), could certainly afford to pay their employees a wage around the 13, 14, or even 15 dollar an hour range, but yet the average employee brings in $11.75, or $20,744 a year. While that is below the national average, and a little bit discouraging for a company with the profit numbers of Wal-Mart, it is only 32 cents short of the average and well above minimum wage. If a married couple worked at the same Wal-Mart (which is common) and made this average, they would bring in a little over $41,000 a year, which is well into the middle class. This is a good life for most of the hourly associates, considering it requires no special training, no more education than a GED, but is it fair? According to Glassdoor.com, a website showing the average salary of employees shows that the average shift manager makes $62,212, and the

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