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Blocking transfer requests?

Several in my area have attempted to move elsewhere in the company, yet despite being qualified, applications are being routinely denied. I’m talking about associates not even being offered the chance to interview. If it were only happening here and there, or just on one team, I might not think much of it, but it seems to be a pattern, and a very frustrating one at that. Some associates have been in the same role for years with no upward movement. Even lateral requests are being denied. It is no secret our area is horribly understaffed, but it doesn’t seem right to keep certain associates pigeon-holed while others move from one business unit to the other freely. Especially when the company likes to crow about how much opportunity there is to learn multiple aspects of the business by moving around. If certain associates are not earmarked for growth, leadership should just be transparent about it so those individuals could start looking in earnest outside the company, not blocking them from transferring to other teams because they happen to need a warm body in the chair.

Has anyone else had this experience of being too “business critical” that you can’t move to another position? Would be at least some small comfort to know we are not the only ones.

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It’s no different at the store I work in. There’s no way to prove any unfair labor practices because nothing is in black and white anymore. I mean nothing.

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It’s no different at the store I work in. There’s no way to prove any unfair labor practices because nothing is in black and white anymore. I mean nothing.

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Colleagues, don't be content to be stifled, underpaid and constantly under someone's thumb. Take control of your own career, your own future and ferociously pursue new opportunities. Don't tell anyone else, not your friends not your teammates and definitely NOT your managers. It will be like a second job but trust me once you're escaped from their clutches your quality of life will be soooooo much better and you WILL become happy again.

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, Yes and it makes perfect sense. They need associates with special skills but they can't afford the salaries it would take to hire them from outside. So they can't afford to let current associates leave or ask for raises. How do they do that? Block them forcefully from leaving their current role and sometimes even give a bogus annual performance review so other organizations wouldn't want them in the first place. The ONLY way to get out of this predicament is protest with your feet. Do yourself a favor - find a new job asap.

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I wasn't offered a promotion or opportunity for advancement until I blindsided them with my two weeks' notice. To the person who said this happens to those with specialized skill sets-you're exactly right. Other companies need those skill sets too. Update your resume and go for it! Take care of yourself--no one else will.

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I had the same thing occur to me. I had the education and skills required but, couldn't get any traction on any other opportunities. It is miserable to be in that position and unable to move or get promoted. This was why I left wmt after about 15 years. When people are in the sweet spot with respect to management support, the sky is the limit. When not, it is a horrible way to make a living...IMO

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If you bosses boss likes you, they can make that move happen, easily... must be something else preventing them . Promotions and moves are all political at walmart, not necessarily about your skills boo boo. Have a talk with your boss and your bosses boss and request some time ranges with them for a plan.

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This tends to happen when you have a special skill and are underpaid. It's EDLC.

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You don't say whether you work at the HO, club or store? You use the term 'business critical' so I will presume you are HO. I would get your resume ready and start looking elsewhere. Before I left, I kept looking for moves but all jobs with my skills were removed from the internal job search. Essentially, I was in a dead-end job. They use the term 'business critical' as an excuse to not lose you so they would have to hire and train someone else.

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