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

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  • Culture & Values
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Current Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN

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

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Job for teens

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Target Team Member in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Target Team Member in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Target part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay. and great work enviroment

    Cons

    Cut of hours during non seasonal time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Being a leader is not worth it.

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

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

    Pros

    The 10% discount is honestly the only pro of working here.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible and the benefits (only if you're full-time) are worse. The management is quick to place blame on the lower-level leaders to save their own butts. Being a Team Member is better than being a Team Leader, as I have had experience in both roles. With the constant changes in senior level management, it is confusing to know what your expectations are. Until this company gets back on the right track, avoid working here.

    External hires are favored over internal promotions, so if you're trying to move up, good luck. It rarely happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training- we do not receive enough hours of training; Promotions- external hires should not be preferred over internal promotions for Executive positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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