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Close to tipping point

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Target full-time

Pros

Has earned company reputation as a world class retailer. Consistently delivers bottom line results and has grown successfully in a highly competitive environment. Efficient, well managed, and has benefited from strong, stable leadership historically. Well organized around smartly defined policies, procedures, and best practices. Culture encourages and provides significant upward growth opportunities for those willing to sacrifice. Decent job and pay for ETL level and above.

Cons

Many experienced STL's (store managers) will confide the best years for Target appear to have come and gone. The workload is manageable if you're strategic, have leadership skills and hardworking but can become extremely tough for stretches. Many struggle with work/life balance. The atmosphere and overall morale has declined over the last 5 years with a notable decrease the last 1-2 years. Leadership is currently preoccupied with Canada and ripple effects of the credit breach but there is confidence both will be corrected long term. The primary concern is getting the U.S. stores back on the right track. The new service initiatives are promising but nearly impossible to execute with the current lack of resources. HQ is asking far too much and the stores will not be able to differentiate the service experience without more to work with.

For those looking to join as an hourly team member or team leader there are limited circumstances to recommend Target as an employer right now.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior leadership appears to be further and further disconnected from reality in the field. This sentiment is widely held, more so than ever before. EPS will eventually trump all at the expense of a carefully cultivated culture and retention of talented leaders. These are company hallmarks. Cutting stores payroll and front line supervisors has increased the workload significantly. Pushing expectations to new and even unrealistic levels has resulted in frustration not seen before. Target recruits well and employs many talented people but stores are becoming a much less attractive place to work. HQ and field leadership do not appear to grasp this quite yet but the very future of Target is at stake.

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    SuperTarget sales floor associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in McKinney, TX

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

    Pros

    friendly staff, managers easy to work with, they will only schedule you the times you specify since schedule is done online, and they can't override the system, helping out customers/guests

    Cons

    Pay too low to make this a career choice, good for extra $$ but they pay too low per hour (8.35), I was a seasonal employee, then worked hard enough to become a regular employee, BUT NO INCREASE IN HOURLY WAGE!!!! Occasional opportunities for other positions in store, which could mean more hours, but same low hourly rate!! So If you become a bakery employee, no increase in pay.... Also, even if you are a supervisor with a degree, they won't let you rise too high to an ETL, they only want NEW COLLEGE GRADS, SO YOU CAN HAVE A 22 YEAR OLD BOSSING AROUND TEAM MEMBERS IN THEIR 40'S TO 60'S!!! They go to college recruitment job fairs to find their management team members, but even if you are experienced with a degree or two, you will never be considered unless you are young, no family, and perky!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make Target's wage a livable wage!! 8.35 an hour is barely above minimum wage in Texas, and if you are a single dad, Target is not an option!!!! Stop discriminating against older workers with degrees and experience, maybe we would like to work hard for your store and look forward to being promoted! It's kind of insulting when you have college interns ordering team members around, and them walking around like they are better than thou....not even knowing what education we have (I have 3 degrees)!!!! I liked the other team members, but everyone complains about the low hourly rate....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    .com Merchandise Specialist

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    Former Employee - Target.com Merch Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Target.com Merch Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    • 401k with matching
    • Benefits
    • Located Downtown Minnepolis
    • New dress code - business casual everyday (including jeans)
    • Fairly flexible work schedule

    Cons

    • Culture is it's own strange cult
    • Unrealistic expectations for workload
    • Minimal visibility to upper management
    • Success is highly dependent on manager
    • Not great about promoting from within
    • Non-exempt (hourly) v. Exempt (salaried) heiarchy can be very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being at Target corporate for 6 years I wasn't impressed with the company overall from an employer aspect. There's too much focus on metrics and less focus on the day-to-day and the people that drive those numbers.
    I witnessed and experienced not only poor but appalling practices when it came to treatment of employees. I stayed for the security but am very happy I no longer work there.

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