Target Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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Brian Cornell
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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. Great Place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is not bad, room to grow, good management

    Cons

    Longer hours especially in the holiday time

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Great position; gets mundane after a while

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - STL in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - STL in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incentive pay is good when numbers are good for the store and company. Leadership always took good care of me. Headquarters takes care of most menial admin tasks, so you don't have to. Typically got stock incentive. Company had capital to invest in tech for stores. They are operationally at the top.

    Cons

    It's a productivity drill - zone the store, push the freight, do it faster. I couldn't do it for more than the 4 years I was there. Also, don't expect to implement any change. Store teams just execute there; and that works for the business.

    Advice to Management

    You lost a ton of solid STLs after crushing them on incentive pay for two consecutive years. It's one of the reasons I took the phone call from a recruiter and quit despite starting DTL interviews.


  3. Great company to begin your career right from college

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering & Facilities Group Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering & Facilities Group Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Target full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Target’s culture at the distribution center is great. The company enhances diversity and inclusiveness. Best place I’ve ever worked that, as a minority, never felt like a minority and felt like my opinions were just as valued as anyone else’s. Target encourages teamwork and taking partners. Training for new managers is abundant.

    Cons

    Competition for promotion is intense. In the beginning you are told that career upward mobility is always available but you soon find out (once your honeymoon is over) that about 30 or so Group Leaders are vying for one Senior Group Leader role that may or may not be open in the near future. So that makes Target Distribution Center a good place to gain experience and move on to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Do something about the high turnover of Group Leaders


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  5. Horrible

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team. Learning basic management skills.

    Cons

    Target is a hot mess. The business is falling apart. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your team members will make or break your business.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Fallen from grace

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Guest Service Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Guest Service Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount, decent benefits, semi flexible schedule, some really great people to work with, (sometimes) fun environment like BBQ, snacks...the ability to stack your discount with sales, cartwheel, coupons, and clearance really helps stretch the buck

    Cons

    What used to be a fast, fun and friendly atmosphere has become a frustrating environment, where store "executives" are hired right out of college, with no experience whatsoever...sometimes never having held a single job in their lives. In my 5+ years I have seen dozens of executives come and go...simply to be replaced by another inexperienced college grad incapable of running a multi-million dollar business.

    Advice to Management

    Annual survey results should be used to improve the store....not just confirm, year after year, how disappointed employees are with store level management. Local HR operates like renegades, impeding people's transfers - this goes against company values.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Pharmacist

    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Low stress working environment. Ok support staff

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement and top down oversight

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade computer system. Reduce all the overlapping policy


  8. PMT

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great schedule, great leader support as well as great support by peers as well.

    Cons

    Pay can be a lot better. Especially for lower management. For what these guys do they deserve to get paid a lot more.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your Team Leaders they are the backbone of Target.


  9. Target Sucks

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Custodian in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Custodian in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The first Target store was opened in 1962 in Roseville, Minnesota. Target eventually became the largest division of Dayton Hudson Corporation, culminating in the company being renamed Target Corporation in August 2000. Target has inventory and they have walls

    Cons

    Target has trouble protecting their customers from fraud. Target adds to the obesity epidemic by partnering with toxic corporations. Target is evil.

    Advice to Management

    Youu should protect customers from fraud and not poach talented young college grads into your stores in fluffy management positions. You are ruining lives.


  10. Red Cards !!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You only get 10% off everything which is very low for all the work you will do

    Cons

    Target is the greediest place I have ever worked for. They are so cheap. They did not give anyone 40 hours. They would never let anyone surpass 38 hours a week so they did not have to pay overtime. As a Cashier you are supposed to push red cards to every person you ring up and they will scream at you. You have to ask people if they would like to purchase bags for 10 cents and many times they get angry even though it is a state/city law. They time how fast you bagg items and are never supposed to go in red. You have to stand up in the same spot for 6 hours a day. They have weekly reviews and get mad if you do not have any red cards and can fire you for not getting any and they always threaten you. They call you in on your days off to do 4 hour shifts so you sometimes have no days off and yet under 35 hours. The Team Leaders are very rude and pushy. People will scream at you as a cashier and you will get in trouble. People will pay with bad coupons or cards and you can get fired. The manager does not listen the employees. 9$ is way too low for all the work that you do especially on the weekends. The only way to get promoted is to suck up to people or if you are very close with someone above you and even then it rarely happens. The raiser are ridiculous 10 cents

    Advice to Management

    You need to give people the hours they deserve. Target makes millions a year and 9$ is way too low for all that work. The employee discount barely covers sales tax and should be at least 20% they also need to hire more people instead of overworking their employees. Target needs to stop being so cheap


  11. Cashier

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Target (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, bonuses for getting patrons to sign up for red cards, cross training

    Cons

    unorganized supervisors, blaming staff for their mistakes, incompetent workers



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