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Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
9,610 Reviews
3.1
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Pros
  • Decent work/life balance in many areas (including work-from-home opportunities)" (in 286 reviews)

  • Well Target did a lot for the team members as far as rewarding for extra work loads (in 770 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is stressed however hard to achieve with very high expectations (in 638 reviews)

  • I feel the compensation for team members does not always reflect the job positions (in 753 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Designer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Target

    Pros

    Benefits are good, flexible schedule, portfolio ready pieces. If you have a great manager you will be able to do very well. Target spares no expense when it comes to travel and talent (illustrators and photographers to hire).

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, varying degrees of quality when it comes to managers. Quite a few managers seemed to have been promoted to avoid demotion. Lots and lots of layers of management which can create gridlock and conflicting points of view. Leadership seems to be more interested in cult of personality than quality of work when it comes to promotion. To become promoted it basically becomes a middle school presidential campaign, getting your name out there etc...

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad company to work for, has problems just like any other place to work. They try to be fair to employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Target

    Pros

    The culture is definitely unique.
    Pretty good for a retail environment.
    Pay is fair, benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Again, the culture is definitely unique.
    Way too much time wasted on trivialities and lack of focus on the big picture
    Vibe til you die.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go through a humbling experience once in your life before becoming a leader of men. Nobody likes to work or go above and beyond for pompous leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company- poor advancement practices though

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Logistics in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Logistics in Houston, TX

    I worked at Target full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay
    Recognition
    Training and development

    Cons

    Long hours
    Work life balance
    Promotion highly depends on quality of district your store is in, no matter how good you are your stuck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't string employees along with just a constant promise of promotion. Reward your top performers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in, get experience, get out!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader in Visalia, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader in Visalia, CA

    I worked at Target

    Pros

    The Team: You will meet amazing people here and make great friendships. The one thing Target does do well is hire quality people, they just stink at retaining them.
    The Discount: Its only 10%, but you know when everything is going to be on sale/clearance.
    The Pay: Target pays the best in retail, to make up for its other shortcomings as an employer.
    Culture: You will develop as a leader because it is a sink or swim company. If you can stay afloat and figure out how to manipulate the metrics ( AAR, Red Cards, etc) you will do well here. Be prepared to sacrifice some integrity, but it will definitely get you paid.

    Cons

    There is no work/life balance and the workload for management is absolutely unrealistic. Be prepared for 10-12 hour days minimum, and thats just during the first three quarters of the year. The moment you get a decent grasp of the incredibly vague roll out they give you, it's on to the next thing. District leadership and above has absolutely zero idea what it takes to run a store and the visits are dog and pony shows. If you can be on the "IN" crowd, ride that train as long as you can, because the moment they turn on you, it's only a matter of time before you are considered a blocker. Target hires so many people straight out of college because they don't want free thinkers, they want people who will tow the company line and that they can burn through in a few years and move on to the next one. There is no support anymore for stores, as Steinhaffel hacked and chopped the business partner roles so much that they pretty much don't exist anymore to help the store teams, all thanks to Canada.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the turn and burn mentality. You are spending millions in turnover at the management level and no one is doing anything to change it. Try retaining people and actually listening to what they have to say, not some lousy BTS that is only for show. Reduce the useless workload and all the reports because everyone is selling xboxes to resellers and manipulating the prompts on red cards anyways. Oh, and the Vibe is a joke that no one believes in because the rollout was terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for a first job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Target

    Pros

    Lively co workers, useful employee discount, good hours. Higher ups are fairly lenient on uniform. As long as your outer layer is red and your pants are khaki, or black, or white.

    Cons

    As a cashier they put pressure on you to sell the store credit card, entitled customers, lots of people trying to get over with coupons, stolen credit cards, and fake clearance tags.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish some form of commission for selling redcards. It's not something you can just ask a guest to get, you have to sell it to them; If I put more effort into selling them just to go home with the same paycheck as everyone else there is no reason for me to try.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    had a mix of pros and cons, know how to kiss butt if you want to be promoted

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Target full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stability as a company, at the beginning they did things to thank team members who went above and beyond like employee of the month type programs, recognition with gift cards, lunch on the supervisor or the bulls eye dogs. Training depends on the store. Good for while you're in college and not looking for long term commitment

    Cons

    The experience towards the end was that most of the ETLS you're working for was someone in their young 20s with a bachelors in a random degree with way less experience than you. Promotions seem to go to the biggest butt kissers and not those who are most qualified for the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote those who are actually doing the work and not because they have been there for 15 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people to work with, higher pay would be desirable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Target

    Pros

    People i worked with were awesome and made it a great time. benefits were ok but could be better. Work-life balance good

    Cons

    The pay wasn't good. Felt stuck in my position and didn't receive training for development. Benefits could be better

  9.  

    Sales floor

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Lake Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Lake Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Target

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good people and ok discount

    Cons

    Low pay, ugly customers high expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I worked in softlines department.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Associate
    Former Employee - Store Associate

    I worked at Target

    Pros

    Employee Discount was an added bonus.

    Cons

    Low pay with a raise of .25. That was the highest i was eligible for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    normal job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in Albany, NY

    I have been working at Target

    Pros

    good way to get some experience working, but i wouldn't recommend it as a career. basic duties like cashregister, stocking, moving carts.

    Cons

    management can be bad depending on location, for example certain managers will be tough with hours and taking time off. but most of the times it's pretty average/basic what you would expect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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