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A different type of corporate culture

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Former Employee - Business Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
Former Employee - Business Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

I worked at Target

Pros

Downtown Minneapolis location
Fast Pace - ("speed is life")
Good benefits
Fair and equitable compensation
Top performer in the retail market space

Cons

Extremely heavy on the management levels (4 layers of management between manager and VP)
Seems to lack focus and follow-through on many initiatives (projects started then abandoned)
Lack of formal project management cost accounting or ROI/ROCE validation

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Overall, I believe that Target has a very talented executive management team, but I feel that Target could become MUCH more efficient and profitable if emphasis was placed on making Target Technology Services (TTS) more cost conscious.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Limit your career with Target to two years. That will be enough time to gain the experience without getting burned out.

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    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Logistics in Midlothian, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Logistics in Midlothian, VA

    I worked at Target

    Pros

    The team members were great to work with. The store is kept relatively clean and conditions are safe. Working for Target is an excellent opportunity for recent college grads. It is excellent experience.

    Cons

    The ability to do your job doesn't seem as important as being able to "speak to it". It seems more important to be able to give a good verbal presentation than to actually have a well running operation that has satisfied employees and is very profitable. The employees have way too much work that is required of them which will lead to burn out. This is because in order to keep making a profit the company has needed to trim down which has involved staff cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the obvious. Know sales tactics and don't fall for them from your own Execs. A good verbal presentation can be a cover up for what's really going on. Train your execs to give verbal presentations (lead walks). If there are Execs that don't give good verbal presentations, maybe it's because the STL is not giving them the guidance/training that is needed.

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    work with smart people in all areas of company, but very cliquey. Not enough say in your own career development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Target

    Pros

    corporate values are reflected in everything the company does, ability to identify and tackle interesting problems and have access to the resources needed to solve them

    Cons

    there is significant job movement for which you are often not consulted. If you do not fit into the "mold" or belong to the "cliques", you are often overlooked and feel as if you don't belong. The environment is too corporate and could relax. Middle management is not empowered enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the diverse experiences your team members bring and don't teach/guide them to all "fit into the same mold". This diversity is what truly makes up a unique workforce. Helping somebody to be great isn't always about focusing on what they don't do well, it's about focusing on what they DO well and making that stronger.

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