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Close to tipping point

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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.

Recommends
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No opinion of CEO

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    Current Employee - Flow Team Member  in  Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Flow Team Member in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    None this company only operates with negative reinforcement

    Cons

    Too many to list, horrible pay long hours and never given recognition for what you deserve

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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 for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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