rixie Sobieck who at one time supplemented her income by picking up aluminum cans by the side of the road may be choosing to go back to doing so after her three month probationary period expires at her present employer, Wal-Mart. Sobieck the 47 year old Hobart mother of three
has held few jobs in the past where she actually has worked by the hour for an employer. But after being hired at Wal-Mart in late April (see Newsletter April 29, 2007) Sobieck could talk of nothing else, extolling the virtues of Sam Walton's
discount merchandise chain. Sobieck found the work to be hard but rewarding. Hired to be a door greeter she rarely did so instead she used her skill and phesique to do many of the hard jobs sometimes rejected by other more qualified employees. Loading cars with landscape supplies, cleaning up the mess in the back, stocking the shelves with plants, and assembling garden equipment and supplies were all jobs she has done but really didn't fall into the greeting catagory for which she was hired.
Needless to say Trixie has worked tirelessly with little reward from the branch known by locals as "the ghetto Wal-Mart" as compared to the posh upscale De Pere Wal-Mart. Sobieck felt she had gone the extra mile above and beyond the call of duty and mistakenly thought someone in management actually noticed. She rated average in her 3 month performance review instead, just like everyone else at the store, the typical rating almost every employee short of real slackers get. Wal-Mart like most employers refrain from rating someone above average hoping to discourage them from using it as leverage in a wage negotation attempt.
When Sobieck was asked for her opinion about the company she suggested that some of the managers could be nicer toward the employees. Asked to be more specific and point out the unfriendly managers she replied: "you will have to figure that out, I'm not telling you who that is" refering to the policy where all the employees get talked to even if it is only one employee who has violated the rules or has gotten out of line.
Whether the disappointing review is enough to convince Sobieck to move on is anybodys guess but doing so would mean the loss of her 10% discount card which may mean more to her than the paycheck. That's all the news that is news, see ya.
Trixie with very sun tanned arms at work in the Wal-Mart parking lot touching up a chicken display
Trixie unenthusiastically performs a Wal-Mart cheer.
Mediocre performance review chills Sobieck's spirit and changes her attitude.