With Wal-Marts’ job creation plan coming under increasing scrutiny, a large number of people could be impacted, according to an internal memo obtained by Politico.
“As the company continues to scale its business and build out new locations in more locations across the country, it will need more talent to take on additional roles and support our growth,” the memo reads.
“As we continue to grow, it is important that we maintain and improve our hiring processes to ensure our talent is on the right path.”
The memo says that in the months ahead, it “will work to identify the talent we need in an effort to meet the growing demands for talent.”
A Wal- Mart spokesperson declined to comment on the memo or whether the company has made changes to its hiring process.
The memo does not specify the number of job openings that could be affected, but Wal- marts employees have been told that the number could be as high as 500,000.
The memo has raised concerns among some people that the company will have a massive backlog of job vacancies and will not be able to fill them quickly enough.
“If Wal- mart is hiring for its stores, that means they will be hiring for jobs in stores,” said Mark Blyth, a professor of business administration at Boston University.
“That’s a big deal for the company.
It means the company doesn’t have enough people to do all the job-creation.”
The company has struggled in recent years to attract talented employees to fill jobs that are in short supply.
A survey conducted by the American Management Association found that just 8% of people surveyed believed the company had enough qualified workers.
In 2016, the company said it needed to add 1.5 million jobs, and analysts predict that number will grow by as much as 20% in the coming years.