Yes. Expect that you’ll have to pass a background check.
You can count on most employers doing a background check of some sort. For example, businesses are required, by law, to at least confirm the identity of the individuals they hire and that they’re eligible to work in the United States.
On indeed.com, employees had some helpful comments about what Walmart looks for. Basically, their background check may include your criminal record, work history, education and credit history.
For instance, they’ll look for offenses involving theft, drugs or violence. Walmart will also want to know about your work ethic and why you left your other employers.
However, don’t let this worry you. Remember they hire former felons and, above all, be honest on your application!
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
In some states, background checks will only take into account the last seven years. Here’s a list of the states that follow this practice:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
In addition, the following states won’t look at any charges where you were found not guilty:
- New York
However, be advised that the states listed below will consider your whole record, including any not guilty verdicts:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Walmart has some very good online ratings from employees.
Walmart has given a 4 out of 5 star rating on glassdoor.com by approximately 39,000 reviewers. Of these, 63% said they’d recommend Walmart to a friend.
For example, they have 3.6 out of 5 on indeed.com, based on over 160,000 reviews. Here, people like them most for culture and work-life balance and said they were paid well for their positions.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
A lot of Walmart merchandise is easily stolen. So, if you have theft or shoplifting offenses in your background, you may have a harder time getting hired.
Furthermore, convictions for violent offenses can be a problem. Obviously, the hiring manager will want to make sure you can work in a team environment. In addition, hiring people who will show respect to customers is critical for a retailer like Walmart.
Finally, if you want to drive a Walmart truck and have driving offenses, it could be a deal breaker. Basically, the company needs to make sure they can insure you and you’re able to perform the duties required.
Take some time to think about your criminal history and what jobs it makes harder for you to get here.
Does Walmart drug test?
Yes. The online Walmart application confirms the company “. . . requires a drug screening test as part of its selection and hiring process for certain positions.”
Furthermore, employees “. . . may be required to submit to alcohol/drug-testing under certain circumstances during [employment].”
In other words, be prepared for a drug test.
Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!
Now you know. Does Walmart hire felons? Yep!
If you’ve ever worked for Walmart with a record, what tips and advice do you want to share?