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One of the worst jobs I've ever had!

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Former Employee - Cashier in Atwater, CA
Former Employee - Cashier in Atwater, CA

I worked at Target part-time (Less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The only pro I can come up with is that the uniforms are simple and comfortable. They pretty much don't care how you dress so long as your top is red, even if it's just a sweater over whatever shirt, or they have little vests that you can borrow.

Cons

Red Cards, rude management, un organized, un professional, the training was a joke, they just expect you to know how to do everything, and get mad if you ask questions. They love to say "I'm always around if you need me" but they're never around. The leaders spend most of their time gossiping with the people working guest service than helping the cashiers like their supposed to.

Advice to Management

You push the "save 5%" with the red cards, but don't tell people that they'll get charged 20% interest on everything they buy with it. It's not saving people money, it's lying and stealing. All anyone cares about is the stupid cards, not customer service. If you don't sell red cards it's like you're nothing to this company. Training consisted of "you have an hour to read this book and then take over lane 18 and you're on your own for the rest of the day." And the "team leaders" are NEVER around when you need help, and then get mad as if your wasting their time when you call them. There isn't enough walkies for everyone, and often no cashiers would have one at all so you have no way to call for help, and of course you have to take all the complaining from the customer even though it isn't your fault. You never get sent for your breaks on time, if you even get them at all, but then you'll get in trouble for not being "up beat" enough when you've worked almost your entire shift without a break dealing with rude customers who blame you because you couldn't get help with their issues.

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  1. Beware the people, not the processes.

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    Current Employee - Senior Team Leader - Hardlines in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Team Leader - Hardlines in Duluth, GA

    I have been working at Target full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great structure, nice environment, messages, and focus. Training is thorough, and senior management (if yours are engaged) pushes for continuous training and development.

    Cons

    It is still retail, and ultimately bullying, posturing, and favoritism are bound to happen if the system is abused. It can be difficult to focus on your development, as tasks can often take away from training.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your team more. No matter how much you do, you can always treat them better to yield better results in every metric.


  2. Good Intentions but Struggling to Adapt

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Manager, FRS in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager, FRS in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Target full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    • Fortune 50 company where recent grads can learn about corporate and retail worlds. • Industry as a whole is in flux and those with strong personalities and strong skills can do well. • Great community focus w/ volunteer events and 5% community give-back. • Decent work/life balance in many areas (including work-from-home opportunities).

    Cons

    • Suppressed salaries and uncompetitive benefits may be hurting ability to attract and keep best talent. • Having a difficult time getting leaders to feel empowered to make decisions without falling back into an over-collaborative "group think" mentality. • Too much focus on relationship building and having a wide internal network. Highly skilled professionals who are more introverted can struggle to find their way. • Push to move positions ever 18 to 24 months results in an overly competitive atmosphere where individuals are forced to represent broader team work as their own in order to get ahead. (This is not a place where the "quiet" solid contributor gets noticed very broadly). • The organization's focus seems slanted towards improving individual employee "opportunities" (a.k.a. "weaknesses") instead of working on leveraging individual strengths more broadly to the benefit of the organization and the individual.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new blood at the senior management levels and let them truly "lead different". And stop recognizing and promoting only those that beat their own drums the most. There is truly a popularity aspect to who gets promoted within the organization without always having strong leadership skills or substantiate experience and qualifications, and enough repetitions of that cycle have resulted in some marginally qualified "leaders" in key positions within the organization.


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