If you have a criminal record, we know that the thought has probably crossed your mind: Does Sam’s Club hire felons? Sam’s Club is part of the Walmart Corporation and could be a great place to get your life and career restarted. We contacted Sam’s Club directly to find out whether they hire felons. We’ve also done in-depth research across the internet to answer these important questions:
- Does Sam’s Club hire people with misdemeanors?
- What are some tips for getting hired with Sam’s Club?
- Does Sam’s Club do background checks?
- What kind of entry-level positions are available?
- Does Sam’s Club drug test their employees?
- What do their employees say about working there?
We don’t just write about helping former felons get back on their feet. At Successful Release, we take this mission seriously and work hard to hire felons and those with other criminal convictions. We believe everyone deserves a chance to be successful! Alright, let’s find out how to get a job at Sam’s Club with a felony.
Does Sam’s Club hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
We reached out directly to Sam’s Club and asked if they hire felons. They do, and we received the following response:
“In most cases, Sam’s Club will hire convicted felons. Sam’s Club makes hiring decisions differently for each individual.”
Have they hired felons in the past?
They have! When conducting our research, we saw confirmation of this. But we also saw many people say that Sam’s Club doesn’t hire those with felonies. We think that might be due to people being turned down because of their particular charges.
Does Sam’s Club hire people with misdemeanors?
Since Sam’s Club hires at least some felons, they will also hire those with misdemeanor convictions. .
Is Sam’s Club on the Ban the Box list?
You may have heard of the Ban the Box campaign and the Fair Chance Business Pledge. They are both efforts to help employees with a record get into the workforce.
Ban the Box has been successful in encouraging many employers to remove any criminal history questions from their employment applications. The Pledge has worked to encourage employers who do hire those with criminal records to give them more opportunities within their organizations.
Sam’s Club, along with its parent company Walmart, is part of the Ban the Box campaign and the Pledge. They are one of the largest employers to join these efforts.
Does Sam’s Club have any special programs for hiring felons?
Sam’s Club did not confirm whether they have special programs to help former felons get hired. Please remember to check with your local unemployment offices and job placement agencies. They usually have programs set up for people in your situation.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
We think that the chances are high that a person will get hired at Sam’s Club with a felony. Their response is encouraging, and our research confirms they’ve done so in the past.
What are some entry-level jobs?
When we browsed Sam’s Club’s job search website, we found they have plenty of entry-level jobs. Most of these require a GED, high school diploma, or less.
Here are some key examples:
- Warehouse operator
- Delivery driver (CDL required)
- Merchandise stocker
- Food preps
- Customer service worker
Sam’s Club stores and warehouses operate 18 to 24 hours a day. This is all going to be shift work and workers will typically have shifts eight hours long.
How to get hired at Sam’s Club with a felony
While we are excited that this company is open to hiring felons, you still may be wondering how to get a job at Sam’s Club with a felony. The first place to start is going to be on their employment page. Find a job you think you qualify for and click to apply. When you create an account through their online portal, you’re going to be asked if you want to upload a resume.
This is where we want to stop you. Do you have a resume? If not, don’t worry because we’ve created a guide to help you through this process. It’s likely that you have more relevant experience than you think. Remember, you can count your jobs and experience from before and during incarceration.
Jobs in prison are valuable because they teach important skills that are needed for real-world jobs:
- The ability to follow orders
- Teamwork with coworkers
- Task completion skills
- Discipline while on-the-job
- Communication skills
Did you take any vocational or self-improvement classes while you were in prison? If so, those skills and lessons don’t go away when you step outside of the prison fences. Show Sam’s Club how they will help you here!
Once you get your application filled out and submitted, start preparing for a callback. If you’re asked to come in for an interview, you want to make sure you’re ready. Remember, first impressions matter.
- You’re going to want to have a nice set of clothes. Check with a local unemployment office, Salvation Army, or Goodwill. They usually have free or inexpensive clothes for these purposes.
- Get your haircut and trim any facial hair the day before an interview.
- Cover your visible tattoos if possible.
- Right before you go, put on some deodorant and brush your teeth.
We did some research about Sam’s Club’s interview process. Most people reported that it wasn’t difficult and that the interviewers made them feel relaxed. Some common questions asked are:
- Is there a time when you’ve been forced into a leadership position?
- Is there a time when you encountered a problem with a coworker? How did you handle it?
- Why should we hire you?
Be ready to discuss your past criminal history but remember that your past doesn’t define your future. Let them know you’re ready to contribute to the Sam’s Club team.
Does Sam’s Club do background checks?
Yes, Sam’s Club does conduct background checks on prospective employees. These typically take two to three business days.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
There are some states that only go back seven years into your history. That’s a good thing. If your charges are from six years ago, you may want to wait a little longer before applying to some places. These states include:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.
There are a handful of states that choose only to show the charges in which you were found guilty. They leave off everything else. Those states are:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
We know that most states still choose to show everything on their background checks, and they go back indefinitely. Everything will show up, guilty verdicts as well as all other charges — even those that were dropped or where you were found not guilty. Those states include:
- Indiana (intensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
The website glassdoor.com says that Sam’s Club has a 3.1 out of a possible 5-star rating and 52% of people say they would recommend working there a friend.
Most of the positive responses revolved around the great atmosphere and good experiences with coworkers. Many respondents said store management was spectacular, and scheduling was flexible.
One complaint is that employees have to work there for a year before receiving health benefits. Other complaints revolved around limited promotion opportunities within stores and the company.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Are you still wondering: Does Sam’s Club hire felons? We know they will, however we do want to talk about some positions that may have a harder time gaining employment at Sam’s Club.
- Because much of their work is customer focused, those with violent charges or sex crime convictions may have a harder time getting hired for certain positions.
- If you have any DUI charges, getting a job as a delivery driver may be more difficult. In fact, you may not be able to obtain your CDL with a DUI conviction, according to our research.
Does Sam’s Club drug test?
Based on our research, it looks like Sam’s Club does perform a pre-employment drug screening on applicants.
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