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July 25, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Wal-Mart offers opportunities

I was disappointed to see that the Las Vegas Sun posted “The Corporate Daddy,” written by Timothy Egan and published in The New York Times June 19.

Wal-Mart responded to several inaccuracies in Egan’s column in a rebuttal that first appeared June 20 on Wal-Mart’s blog and has been widely reported.

Egan was critical of our wages but left out some key facts about Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart offers unlimited opportunities for associates who are willing to work hard. About 75 percent of our store management teams started as hourly associates, and we promoted 170,000 people last year. In Nevada, the average hourly wage for regular full-time hourly associates is $13.53. On average, our store managers earn from $50,000 to $170,000 a year.

My own career with Wal-Mart is a great example. I was hired at Wal-Mart in 2000 as an hourly associate, and as soon as I started with the company, I knew there were opportunities for advancement. As a woman, I’ve had great career opportunities at Wal-Mart. I worked hard to get to my current position as a store manager, but at Wal-Mart, hard work is rewarded with career success. And, as a store manager, I am now in an even better position to mentor others who want to grow with Wal-Mart.

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