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Great first job...TMs need more recognition

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Current Employee - Human Resources Team Member in Simi Valley, CA
Current Employee - Human Resources Team Member in Simi Valley, CA

I have been working at Target full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

1. You meet amazing people. The longer you work with them, the more relationships you make. Sometimes you can meet your best of friends here.

2. When you want to become a leader, depending on your boss, they do work with you and help with your development to eventually become a leader one day.

3. The higher you move up, Target pays you very well.

4. The diverse culture makes it a fun experience to work at Target. Target does not discriminate anyone. No matter what gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or birth defects, Target makes you feel welcome.

5. The fast, fun, and friendly culture makes it fun to go to work.

Cons

1. They pay very little to the team members that do the most work.

2. ETL's play favorites with team leads too much and let certain ones get away with more than others.

3. ETL's need to work on the floor more with their team. Spending too much time in TSC and the offices gives off a bad perception to the team.

4. They start off team leads who are brand new to the company way more than a team member that becomes a team lead. Example: at my store, started off a new TL at $18 just because they had a few years experience at another company. TM who started off on Flow had same amount of years of management experience with another company but only was given a raise up to $12. Why would they give a team lead who knows nothing about the way the company runs, more money than someone who has worked so hard for years with Target. Doesn't seem fair at all.

5. ETL's expect too much from minimum wage team members. While they get their giant paychecks for walking around and sitting at their desks, team members who work part time but leave every shift tired and sweaty, get $200-$400 to survive off of. Some with families to support.

6. Team Leads get paid for all national holidays no matter if they work that day or not, team members who work a certain amount of hours only get paid holiday pay for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

7. Target as a company makes so much money everyday, yet they cut so many corners to try and save money, that sometimes it makes it stressful to get your work done in time and with the few resources you have. Ex: cutting back on team leads and ETLs for certain departments in every store. 3 years ago, we would have 6 hard lines and 6 soft lines closers and now only have 1 in hard lines and 1 in soft lines every night. (and they wonder why the store sometimes doesn't look good the next morning.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think more about the "little people" - the level 1 team members that make the stores successful everyday and not so much about the ETLs and their pay.
Appreciate and recognize team members and not so much management.

Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
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  1. Company is good, working retail is hell.

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Target full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for. They continually give you opportunities to cross-train into new areas of the store. If your willing to work hard, stay completely focused on just the company and keep your attitude very positive, you can be at the top of the ladder in your store in no time. You do need a degree to get past the Team Leader level though.

    Cons

    Working with Executives right out of College who have a degree but no past employment history so they get to practice on you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The most respected Executives are the ones who know when to delegate and when to drop down in the trenches and toil right along with the Team Leaders and Team Members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Loved it!

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    Former Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Target part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. People are kind, job is fun, pay is great for retail, expect good yearly raises if you do your job, managers are friendly, discounts on products. Also, great opportunities for advancement within the company.

    Cons

    None that I can think of! Great place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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