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

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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.  

    It's retail!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I really got to work with some amazing people during my time at this company.

    Cons

    They don't treat their employees very well and the pay is very poor. Upper management isn't interested in doing things right or fixing the multiple issues in the store. Most just want to hide the problems and get their paycheck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Typical experience in corporate retail

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - GSA in Holland, OH
    Current Employee - GSA in Holland, OH

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

    Pros

    They hold a lot of charity events that if you participate, it is a lasting memory. The company really try's to reward those who go above and beyond with cards posted for all to see recognizing you.

    Cons

    The same challenges in working in any corporation. With every passing year and expectation met, the goal is set above the reality by people who most have no idea what it is like to actually work in the field. A lot of the time the things put in place only tend to make your minimum wage position that much more difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your ego away and try to make those you are managing better people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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