Monday, June 22, 2009

Not the Enemy

Big business rarely gets a favorable review. But it does happen.

Earlier this year, writer Charles Platt went undercover to get the real story on what it is like to work at Wal-Mart. Rather than a soulless corporation and exploited co-workers, he found an environment like a Silicon Valley start-up: "There was the same gung-ho spirit, same lack of dogma, same lax dress code, same informality - and same interest in owning a piece of the company. All of my coworkers accepted the offer to buy Wal-Mart stock by setting aside $2 of every paycheck."

Platt says, "I reached a conclusion which is utterly opposed to almost everything ever written about Wal-Mart. I came to regard it as one of the all-time enlightened American employers, right up there with IBM in the 1960s. Wal-Mart is not the enemy. It's the best friend we could ask for."

Read the whole story here, in the New York Post.

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