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Crazy customers, cut hours, low pay, but fun times"

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Current Employee - GSA
Current Employee - GSA

I have been working at Target full-time (more than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Discount, People that work there are great.

Cons

Intense pressure for REDcards. Management will not take side of employees in customer complaints or disputes.

Advice to Management

Be active- go out on the floor and help employees.

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    Great company with too many false promises

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    Current Employee - Senior Team LEader in North Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Team LEader in North Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Target full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managment Experience
    Team environment
    Volunteer and Community opportunities
    Reliable Peers and Upper Managment
    Fast Paced
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Chances of moving up seem impossible.
    Promised promotions with no delivery
    Amount of work for pay
    Too "corporate." (meaning how hard it is to get rid of poor team members)

    Advice to Management

    Recognize those who are increasing sales in every store they work, and promote them.

  2. Helpful (1)

    It's a good job if you've got other stuff going on (another job, school, etc.), but not so much if you want a career.

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    Former Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Madison, WI

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible hours, unless you need weekends off. Then you're probably out of luck.
    - A big store means if you can't find coworkers you like, the problem is them, not you.
    - You can make decent money if you stick around, although starting wages are pretty weak.
    - Opportunities to work in a variety of areas if you want, or just stay in the same job forever if that's your sort of thing.
    - Once you get past your probation period, it's almost impossible to get fired unless you do something really stupid. So you can be really bad at your job and stay employed if that's the kind of thing you're into.

    Cons

    - Lots of leaders in the building means tons of micromanagement all the time. Also an unfortunate amount of corpspeak. Be prepared to touch base a lot.
    - Seems to be an emphasis on "coaching", which often means some leaders are just looking for negatives rather than positives. Very little recognition/positive reinforcement. I've heard talk of there being some sort of quota and/or bonus for coaching/writing up team members.
    - In spite of all of this coaching, there appears to be very little ever done about poor performers, so there are a lot of weak links on any given team.
    - Promotions are based more on a silly interview process than on merit or leadership potential. There's also an entire program to "prepare" people for this process. This leads to some leaders who are good in interviews and in showing that they've put effort into this process, but who are completely clueless when it comes to their actual job.
    - Many of these clueless leaders who interview their way to a promotion also get very insecure in their limited amount of power and try to reassure themselves by obsessing over enforcing minor and arbitrary rules that have very little to do with the actual success of the store. These people are unbearable to be around.
    - Leaders are often too buried under paperwork to do essential parts of their job.
    - Nobody really looks good in red and khaki.
    - If you get the wrong leaders at the top, everything tends to fall apart pretty quickly and get worse until the incompetent leaders are gone, which doesn't happen quickly.
    - If you start out as an ordinary team member or even a team leader, the process of moving up to ETL is an arduous process that usually takes many years. Meanwhile, mediocre business school grads are hired right out of school into ETL spots all the time. Very few ETLs come from internal promotions.
    - Certain areas of the store (mostly electronics) are expected to be salespeople, even though they're not really paid like it.

    Advice to Management

    Eh, do whatever you want.

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