Miller Time: Walmart Bends to Jet’s Culture

The Wall Street Journal: Soon after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. bought Inc., employees at the e-commerce startup learned how dry life under the retail behemoth could be. That’s because Wal-Mart took away all the office booze … The startup’s regular Thursday evening happy hour would have to be moved out of the office to the Wicked Wolf Tavern and other local bars. Casual deskside drinking had to go.”

However: “Wal-Mart reversed course. In recent weeks Jet brought back Thursday night happy hour in the office—generally beer, wine and food … The change is permeating the empire. Wal-Mart had wine and beer at a tailgate for its e-commerce team in San Bruno, Calif., when it hosted its annual day at a San Francisco Giants game in May. It is ​also​ allowing other startups it has acquired to host a weekly office happy hour—pending approval from a Wal-Mart executive vice president.”

“There are other aspects of Wal-Mart’s traditional habits that still raise eyebrows among Jet staffers. For example, Wal-Mart asked Jet employees to be mindful of swearing in the office.” Jeannie Slivensky, a marketing manager at Jet, comments: “That did not last. This is New York.”


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