Target Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance is understood (in 286 reviews)

  • Most team members are awesome people (in 770 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance has taken a huge hit over the past 12 months (in 638 reviews)

  • Their paranoia over metrics or the annual audit corporate conducts yearly create unnecessary chaos that trickles downstream to your team members (in 753 reviews)

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  1. Executive Team Leader - Human Resources

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Target

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Target makes it a point to treat their employees with dignity and respect. Employee engagement and Training were high priorities for Target.

    Cons

    The long hours required to put the store back together during the holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Have a defined cut off point for putting the store back together during the holidays.


  2. Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Leader in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Target full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company good benefits and great culture.

    Cons

    Can't advent unless you have a degree.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  3. Great Post-Graduation Entry-Level Position for Experience, Bad Long-Term Career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader in Houston, TX

    I worked at Target full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - PEOPLE SKILLS. You learn skills while working at Target that you can carry on to pretty much any other career. As in any service or retail setting, your people skills are either honed or (if you've got a great performance management system and HR ETL), you don't make the first 90 days. Your patience is tested daily, and this most definitely something you'll need for any job. Learning to communicate effectively with your team and your guests is key. - MANAGEMENT SKILLS. As a member of management, your time management and prioritizing skills are DEFINITELY put to the test. You learn to become a strong-willed person when firing team members and giving performance reviews. Delegating is also a skill you must learn right off the bat. - PERKS. There are the given perks such as: team member discount, great benefits, competitive pay. In theory, there is room for movement, but mostly it's lateral and they tell you it's for your "growth and/or professional development".

    Cons

    - NUMBERS DRIVEN. It's all about the bottom line at Target. Sales, turnover rate, guest experience feedback, department presentation scores. If you're not making it, they dig in to why you suck. If you've got great managers, they will support you if you need additional training. If not, you've got a target on your back (no pun intended), and they're planning to get you out the door after a series of "conversations" regarding your performance. - WORK/LIFE BALANCE. Forget Christmas and Thanksgiving with your family, and any other major holiday for that matter. Usually, they don't let team members have set schedules. If you go to school, they will work around your schedule, but you can not have a 9-5 weekends off sort of deal (unless you've been working there forever and a manager years ago approved it and they're letting it slide.) If your area is struggling, you're expected to be there (days off if you're management) 12+ hours a day, at LEAST 5 days a week. - BEST FOR THE COMPANY. If you do not have it in you to be on your feet for hours on end, fake smiles to people losing their mind, and ready for constant changes to systems (that sometimes don't work), procedures, and employees, get out of the retail industry and far away from Target. - RED AND KHAKI. Self explanatory.

    Advice to Management

    Any advice to management will be like singing to deaf ears. Management procedures at the store level are corporate mandated. I doubt Glassdoor gets glanced at or taken into consideration in Minneapolis.


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  5. Cashier

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX

    I worked at Target

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

    Pros

    was alright, was my cup of tea

    Cons

    bad management didn't let me advance


  6. Senior Team Lead

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Team Leader - Guest Experience (Leader On Duty) in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Team Leader - Guest Experience (Leader On Duty) in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Target full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work is fast paced and there is always something different everyday.

    Cons

    Not much room for movement.

    Advice to Management

    Managers do not lead by example.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good company to gain some relative job experience , not a long term job for me

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    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Human Resources in Houston, TX

    I worked at Target (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team environment, thoughtful leadership initiatives, good culture. I worked at 2 different stores. One was definitely better than another which shows the variation you can get

    Cons

    Retail is hard no matter where you go. Payroll was always being cut. We constantly had to figure out how to do more with less which was very frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Quit taking resources away to save money. Focus on efficiencies and overcoming challenges that stores had


  8. Helpful (1)

    Decent job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Assets Protection in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Assets Protection in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers a great structure that allows for relatively quick upward mobility. The vacation time is great as well.

    Cons

    As in any retail management position the job is never done. The expectations are continually raised with little to no support for the increased goal. While this builds increasingly effective managers it does strain the work life balance of those managers.

    Advice to Management

    While you may be able to cut costs by combining ETL roles and lowering the number of team leaders, the retention of the executive team seems to be decreasing steadily.


  9. Okay short-term job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Service Team Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Guest Service Team Member in Houston, TX

    I worked at Target

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

    Pros

    Environment, chance for yearly raise, school-leave, cross-training

    Cons

    Red cards, micromanagement, managers, not having employees back against rude customers

    Advice to Management

    Managers should set a better example for employees. Talking and texting on the phone while on the clock and expecting employees not to do it.. just does not make sense. Managers also take longer lunches and also come in at any time, since they are paid salary based and do not have to clock in.


  10. Cashier

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Target

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The Time goes by fast because they always have something for you to do. It's a lot of work, physically.

    Cons

    Very boring no growth and very tiring as well. Lots of work for low pay. Good for students but not full time

    Advice to Management

    Please don't keep you employed too late after closing. Its ridiculous to have to stay there more than thirty mins to an hour after closing.


  11. If You Must, Please Don

    Former Employee - Project Manager/Senior Planning in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Senior Planning in Houston, TX

    I worked at Target (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Move quickly through new ideas

    Cons

    Severely unorganized; promotes and rewards bad behavior and unethical work practices; severe group think environment; love to change the compensation structure after they offer position



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