Walmart Local/Home Daily

Discussion in 'Wal-Mart' started by Lotsa Bellyfat, Sep 21, 2023.

  1. Lotsa Bellyfat

    Lotsa Bellyfat Bobtail Member

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    Will probably be signing on for a local/ home daily run out of Lewiston, Maine. Just asking questions; is anybody driving local only for Walmart?

    Apparently, pay structure is similiar to regional, though miles are probably less. The pay structure on paper really doesn’t give a realistic answer to actual salary since it all depends mostly on miles driven, so I thought I’d ask some actual drivers with experience.

    From what I understand, Lewiston is “ramping up” their fleet of local drivers to free up the regional drivers from doing local runs.
     
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  3. archangelic peon

    archangelic peon Medium Load Member

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    Unfortunately, Boston is considered "local" to that DC...look forward to a Boston turn & then a closer ME/NH run every day.
     
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  4. ScaniaLW

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    Lots of store around Boston, could be lucky and do two a day.
     
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  5. Lotsa Bellyfat

    Lotsa Bellyfat Bobtail Member

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    Two Boston runs a day? Well, at least there wouldn’t be much traffic…..
     
  6. Lotsa Bellyfat

    Lotsa Bellyfat Bobtail Member

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    I’ve been talking to some Walmart drivers that are telling me about how some things are run over there.
    Example: You’re constantly being watched… and judged… by cameras everywhere, as at the stores, in the truck, and in fellow drivers trucks. Supposedly, each driver has a special button on their on board camera that they are highly encouraged to turn on and record fellow drivers if they see anything that might not be the ‘Walmart Way’.

    Also, there are constant, mandatory meetings that all drivers must continually attend and, the kicker, each meeting begins with the Walmart Cheer… everyone must clap their hands, stomp their feet, and sing the Walmart anthem. God forbid that you are chosen to lead that cheer.

    Another issue: when you return back to the DC after a hard day’s run, you may be selected, at random, to perform yet another DOT inspection with a team of selected Walmart stooges; don’t forget that there are 100 lugnuts on the unit or you will then have to attend a ‘remediation class’, accompanied by the Walmart Cheer of course.

    Can anybody verify the above to be actual fact? I will admit that my “sources” did seem to be rather disgruntled gentlemen, to say the least.
    I’d like to be as prepared as possible for if I do decide to make the move.
     
  7. ScaniaLW

    ScaniaLW Light Load Member

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    Yes but isn't it worth it for $120.000 a year. :cool:

    Oh, and don't forget the safety guy who roams around following you.
     
  8. Treputt

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    There is ONE camera I answer to...my forward facing dash cam. To my detriment, this cam likes to tattle on me when I follow too closely for too long, or roll through stop signs, or exceed the speed limit for too long...you know, things I shouldn't ever be held accountable for, right? (sarcasm) Are there cameras at stores, at DC's, and in other driver's trucks? Sure. Does WM constantly peruse through video footage of what each driver does in the hopes they'll find somethin you've done wrong? No. Is there ways WM can catch you in a lie...say you back into something and don't report it? Sure...but again, is that not due diligence on WM's part...to look into incidents with their drivers? Long story short...no, WM isn't constantly watching their drivers. Not even close.

    I've had my fair share of meetings/training since I've been with WM. Not one time have we ever done or thought about doing the WM cheer. Our training does usually start with a cheer though,,,when they wheel in the company provided doughnuts.

    Again, in my 4+ years with WM, I've never seen nor heard of random inspections being conducted involving drivers or their tractors. That doesn't make any sense at all...what if the driver was short time on their 14? Wouldn't an inspection be better managed if it were to happen at the beginning of a driver's duty day?

    Although I can't speak for every DC within any other region other than my own...in my neck of the woods, WM leaves the drivers alone...leaves us to do our jobs without micro-managing or constant harassments. Will you get called into the safety office to review those dash cam vids on occasion? Yes. Will you get some sort of remediation should you be unable to properly dock a trailer without bashing a yellow pole or 3? Of course. Is WM all up in your prostate making life uncomfortable every second of every day? No. A million times no.
     
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  9. Lotsa Bellyfat

    Lotsa Bellyfat Bobtail Member

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    I don’t think a local position pays $120,000 a year, but if it did, yeah, it would definately be worth it. Now I really don’t honestly know what a local gig really pays, but I’m pretty sure (given lots of variables, of course) $76 -$90 K would be more likely.
    In that case, I think I would go somewhere else.

    BTW, are you serious about a safety guy following you around?
     
  10. Lotsa Bellyfat

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    It sounds like you’re pretty content with your job then. From what I gather from your post, it sounds like you’re saying that Walmart is reasonable with the way it treats its’ drivers; if there’s any reprimands, then they’re deserved.

    Do you think all DC’s are like the one you work for? Reason I ask is that the former Walmart driver out of Lewiston, Me. that gave me the skinny regarding Walmart’s practices that I referred to in my previous post is a friend of mine and I don’t think that he would make this stuff up.
     
  11. ScaniaLW

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    The only thing you won't get is layover money 4 nights a week. Don't forget you get paid for all activity and they used to double or triple dip (setting them up on 2 or 3 trips) the day cab drivers so no waiting around between trips. I don't know how it is now but Raymond NH used to have a day local driver and a night local driver on the same tractor so neither of them worked over 12 hours a shift.

    I don't know if they still do it but the safety manager would go out on 'road observation' trips. You then may get a constructive criticism letter in your file or happily an 'atta boy' one.
     
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