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Great Team Values, Wicked Smart people -- but frigid temperatures and stale/stalled senior leadership

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN

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

Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Overall, Target is a great company to work for and if you do your due diligence to build a large network (vertically and horizontally), there will always be opportunities for new experiences. Most of the employees are from the Midwest but very open to diverse perspectives (within reason). If you speak up in meetings and show collaborative efforts, you will be rewarded. The corporate responsibility is amazing and the "Fast, Fun, Friendly" brand (although initially feeling cheesy) is much appreciated for employees that work very hard. Your co-workers will quickly become your work family --so be prepared to have stories to share at the Team Table for lunch and to fill out Great Team cards weekly! Everyone is incredibly smart and generally will work hard regardless of level of position. Even the "Average" Target HQ employee, particularly within core merchandising, has extremely high work ethic and exceptional analysis skills.

Cons

Minneapolis is a beautiful city during summer and early Fall -- however, winter is pretty brutal and runs right into spring. Those who are native to the frigid sub-zero temperatures seem to find adequate activities to participate in. But, if you are not used to -10 degree daily weather, you will like find yourself hibernating for 8 months of the year! Promotion and talent planning could use re-thinking -- even if you are a rock star, you will need to wait your turn for promotion and the pipeline gets very backed up at the Sr. Buyer and/or Director level. Most senior leadership "grew up" at the company and have only had Target experience, which presents an issue with truly creating innovative solutions to complex retail business challenges! The company is also used to getting things "right" before moving forward with a strategy and this has hindered the speed to market on really simple, great ideas that other retailers are already doing. Make sure you negotiate before entering the company -- you will find it very difficult to make up on any $$ lost once internally negotiating during lateral moves and/or promotions.

Advice to Management

Thinking different may actually require managing the talent pipeline different, particularly for "external" hires that come with a wealth of experience outside of Target! It's very possible that someone who is 30+ years old may know quite a bit more about what role may be the best fit.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deli Team Leader
    Current Employee - Deli Team Leader

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

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

    Pros

    Love that theres always something to do! But then they overload it on you! And expect everything and everyone to be peachy!

    Cons

    ETL's are terrible at least at my store. They don't commincate at all, there are terrible with favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Everyone needs way more pay and not the etls at all they do nothing! The team leads don't even get a bonus and they do all the work. Target is a joke!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very Disorganized

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Target part-time

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

    Pros

    Normally a company that is very good about the hiring process.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. Hard to contact. Lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    HR should make it a point to talk to new hires especially when issues come up. Calling to keep employees in the loop about the process especially when it relates to working would be really awesome. I found myself frustrated and having trouble getting information every time I talked. I think improving the new hire process is a must if brand image especially in employees who are likely to recommend the company to others and will work at Target.


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