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Close to tipping point

(Current Employee)

ProsHas 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.

ConsMany 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 Senior ManagementSenior 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience as a recruiter in retail.

    Recruiter (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Target full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Strong company culture, team oriented, nice attention to training, corporate… Cons: Strong company culture can be hard for some to fit into,… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Horrible

    Softlines Team Member (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at Target part-time for less than a year


    Pros: Crosstraining, crosstraining, cross training…that's it Cons: Overworked, underpaid, undervalued, no communication Advice to Senior Management: Hope Target goes bankrupt No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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