walmart behind closed doors

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Wal-Mart, everyone has heard of it and has at least been there once in their lifetime. Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer that is making $ 220 billion dollars in sales a year with over one million hourly workers with only 2/3 being women employees, who only make up 10 percent of management positions. (Olsson 608). Everyone has heard of wal-mart famous logo of “Everyday Low Prices” which attract thousands of consumers a day. Many people love to shop at Wal-Mart but no one looks at the picture behind the scenes. Sebastian Mallaby and Karen Olsson, both accredited authors, wrote an essay about two different perspective of Wal-Mart and how they treat their employees. Mallaby, who has written for the Washington post and about financial situations, use his essay to defend Wal-Mart, by using factual information. Olsson, who has written for both the Washington Post and the New York Times, uses her essay to critise what Wal-Mart is doing by using former employees own personal stories and information. In my opinion, Mallaby has a more persuasive essay because of the way he uses factual information to back up all of the Wal-Marts different tactics and how he attacks his audience through his tone of voice. Olsson uses her essay to try to persuade her readers into thinking that Wal-Mart is not treating its employees fairly by using some of Wal-Mart employees stories to back up her claims. With her essay she talks about the company as a whole and how they try to push you do different jobs so they do not have to hire and pay someone else to do it. She uses this stories to offer a emotional touch to her argument as way of persuading her readers into believing that Wal-Mart is not a good place to work. Olsson also mentions how some empl... ... middle of paper ... ...sson uses her essay to explain how Wal-Mart does not pay employees enough and treats them unfairly. “the way they pay you, you cannot make it by yourself without having a second job or someone to help you, unless you been there for 20 years or you are a manger” (Olsson 607). This explains that the employees do not think they are getting paid enough to live off of and cover basic daily expenses. She laters goes on to mention different scencerios where employees were “…routinely forced to work overtime without pay” (Olsson 612). By Olsson using these experiences from employees it set her up for biases because only looking at the negative image of Wal-Mart and not comparing both sides. This makes argument not as persuasive as Mallaby. Mallaby address the topic of working long hours with little to no pay and not getting paid enough to live off of by using pure logic.

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