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Target Reviews in Illinois

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
9,220 Reviews
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9,220 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work/life balance in many areas (including work-from-home opportunities)" (in 286 reviews)

  • Well Target did a lot for the team members as far as rewarding for extra work loads (in 770 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is stressed however hard to achieve with very high expectations (in 638 reviews)

  • I feel the compensation for team members does not always reflect the job positions (in 753 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great pay & benefits; Tons of hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ETL Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ETL Human Resources in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Target pays very well, and offers great benefits to it's ETL's. They also focus a lot on internal development, and there is room to promote if you're interested.

    Cons

    Target requires you work a LOT of hours, including nights and weekends. Communication from HQ to stores was often lacking, and HQ was often guilty of rolling out new strategies quickly and without much store testing or training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bridge the gap between HQ leadership and Store leadership. They do not seem to be on the same page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Excellence in all they do.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Tram Leader in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Store Tram Leader in Elgin, IL

    I have been working at Target full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great comp and benefits, fast paced, awesome technology.

    Cons

    Many store visits from multiple layers of corporate leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rock on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Target overnight flow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Overnight Flow Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Overnight Flow Team Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Target part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There's no customers, work with great bosses, other great team members, also have a chance to grow and train for new positions

    Cons

    Sometimes you don't get many days and sometimes they play favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees right and they will give you the up most respect and treat everyone equally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful culture and people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigations Center Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Investigations Center Technician in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fast, fun and friendly culture is great. People have an upbeat attitude and are by and large great people to work with every day.

    Average benefits package, 5% 401k match is valuable

    Advancement opportunities exist and has lateral movement opportunities across the country

    Cons

    Annual raises average about 4% which is small to average for the industry. Exempt raises and bonuses significantly more substantial.

    Advancement opportunities limited to those with 4-year degree; significant turnover rate for management

    Leaders are placed in role regardless of skill set, all treated equally. Degree in Fishery Science? No problem being placed as leader if assets protection.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to support long term team members without a 4-year degree with advancement if a proven track record exists.

    Place leadership according to passions and educational background where possible.

    Communication is crucial, with a large company its easy to get pulled in multiple directions from company, group and individual store focuses. Simplify with clear messages, inspire us with that classic FFF culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Live to work, Target is right for you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    + Salary
    + Great place to learn management skills
    + Good for out of college first job

    Cons

    - Long Hours
    - Working weekends (retail life)
    - Horrible work/life balance
    - Unrealistic goals on a store level
    - Constant pressure to achieve unrealistic goals
    - Technology and devices break down constantly
    - Given a minimum amount of resources (payroll hours, people, etc) to complete unrealistic goals
    - Lack of professionalism and respect from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more payroll to stores

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistently managed stores

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Logistics in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Logistics in Aurora, IL

    I worked at Target

    Pros

    Chance to be aware of upcoming products.
    Opportunity to work and train variety of people from diverse backgrounds.
    Get to use analytical and organizational mindset in laying out work load and product organization.

    Cons

    Bad work/life balance and compensation when working overnight.
    Originally recruited for management training program, then all associated paperwork was lost and was sold on trying to "work my way up to management" by taking on logistics.
    Promised to gradually train and learn the ropes alongside an existent logistics managing team, eventually to move to days...never happened and soon I was put in charge of process by myself.
    Poor staffing meant many lost their drive because of burden and many had a second or third job.
    Management embarked on a store expansion in spite of staffing issues and lack of training for new grocery aisles being created.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a real active knowledge of the logistics process at all your stores....each store/region has its unique issues.
    Have better rapport and support between the different departments and hold each rightly responsible for their workload and willing to assist everyone on the team regardless of shift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It has been a good experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Edwardsville, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Edwardsville, IL

    I have been working at Target part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros are everyone if friendly their.

    Cons

    The cons is it is a seasonal job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give no advice to management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great job for students.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Target part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, tons of customer face time. Target is a fun work environment. It was easy to make friends and enjoy your job even during the most difficult times of the day.

    Cons

    Closing a store is a difficult and long process and can make you grumpy by the time you punch out. Customers may also try your patients at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better considering the growing needs of your staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture, love the people I work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Comp Shop in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Comp Shop in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    Great discounts, flexible, fair, do believe my store team lead is hardest working man in retail. Happy to work for him.

    Cons

    Most jobs start at minimum wage, yearly raises are low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Experience was great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people, management, products, benefits

    Cons

    hours, pay, sometimes grumpy customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job Overall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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