I work for Wal-mart.
My mind sways between seeing this condition as overflowing with opportunities to practice Dhamma, and viewing it as an insurmountable challenge, kind of like a person initiating his efforts in celibacy by taking up residence in the Playboy mansion.
Directly related to my practice is the precept of not taking what is not given. I will confess to breaking this in the past, even when aware that I was breaking a precept. But once the idea that this would affect my efforts at meditation was planted in my mind, I found could directly see more suffering occur when breaking it versus keeping it. The enjoyment of eating the stolen pint of icecream would last minutes, while the suffering would occur before, during, and after.
Fellow workers constantly engage in conversations complaining about the conditions. While there is some substance in facts in their complaints, I realize the way they react to these facts is not skillful. It's a challenge to avoid joining in.
I'm conflicted between being grateful for a job, a full-time job with security in hard economic times, and the thought that I might be better off if I removed myself from a situation that constantly presents me with challenges I fail to meet with skill.
My supervisor has stated that all workers are expendable, they can be replaced with anyone off the street in minutes, and is eager to point a finger to the door.
I do see an opportunity to see his actions and attitude as unskillful, while avoiding labeling him as an evil person. I haven't stated this to him in any way, but it seems that his interaction with me has been more friendly and open since I have practiced this view.