Karen says of all the positions she’s held, her years managing the toy department were probably her favorite. She liked getting to talk to customers and found the constant change in products interesting.
While information about products is now easy to find online, Karen says when she started in toys, associates had to look up product prices using microfiche—films that contained tiny pictures of catalog pages and that needed to be viewed on a large magnifying machine.
“My gosh, all these little, little films to find the product!” she remembers.
Placing orders was a lot different, too. “You had to count all your merchandise and then put your order in,” she says. “There was a lady in the office. She actually sat there and keyed in all of our orders.”
When orders came in, associates had to unload the truck, count all the merchandise, check off every invoice, and then stock it.
How It’s Going
Though her job at Walmart was meant to be temporary while she finished college, Karen says she enjoyed the work enough that she ended up staying.
“The company has been good to me,” she says. “I just enjoy working here. I’ve met so many people. A lot of associates and even customers have become just part of my family.”