"We make sure customers want to come back to Wal-Mart by providing technology and distribution support for the stores to function smoothly."
— Randy Mott, Senior VP, Information Services
— Lee Scott, Exec. VP of Distribution and Transportation

IBM mainframe, Teradata COBOL, DB2, C++
Retail stores Large shop


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Wal-Mart) is a chain of discount stores offering a variety of goods including clothing, household goods, toys, fabrics and crafts, lawn and garden supplies, and jewelry. The company owns and operates 1,900 general merchandise stores. It also owns 143 grocery stores, 428 deep discount stores called Sam's Clubs, in the United States, and 137 additional outlets in Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong. Starting with a Ben Franklin's dime store, the founder, Sam Walton, developed the discount concept into the largest discount chain in the United States.

Founded in 1945, Wal-Mart is publicly held and earns revenues of $2.68 billion. The company employs more than 600,000 people and is based in Bentonville, Arkansas. Most stores are in towns of fewer than 25,000 people. Its Buy American program helps American manufacturers compete with foreign companies by guaranteeing long-term orders and helping the companies streamline operations and improve productivity. The company is a major sponsor for the Children's Miracle Network Telethon. Wal-Mart was named one of Computerworld's Best Places to Work and one of Computerworld's Premier 100 companies, which are the most effective users of information technology.



Wal-Mart has IBM and Teradata mainframes and multiple Novell Netware Local Area Networks (LANs). Software used includes COBOL, CICS, IMS, DB2-PC, UNIX, C, C++, Informix, DB2, Visual Basic, MBPCOBOL, and Btrieve. Communications protocols used include TCP/IP and IPX/SPX.

Areas in which computer professionals work include applications development, database administration, point-of-sale development, work station development, systems programming, communications, data analysis, and systems engineering. Sample projects include the development of computer-based training and satellite television broadcasts from headquarters to senior managers for tips on store displays.


Computer professionals work in a nonsmoking environment, with designated smoke areas. Business dress is business casual. Wal-Mart offers the opportunity to work for a Fortune 50 company in one of the lowest-cost areas of the country with an easy commute and access to mountains, lakes, and universities.

Wal-Mart offers medical, dental, accident, disability, and life insurance. The company funds a profit-sharing plan and employees may purchase stock at a 15-percent discount. Employees receive discounts at Wal-Mart stores and membership in Sam's Clubs and may be eligible for scholarships.


Wal-Mart looks for computer professionals with at least two years of experience matching the company's technical environment (IBM mainframe, client/server) and a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.


Letters are preferred.

Wal-Mart Home Office
Information Systems Division Recruiting
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72716
(501) 273-4000
Fax: (501) 273-6879

Copyright 1998. Carol L. Covin. Covin’s Southeast Computer Job Guide