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Target Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
9,046 Reviews
3.1
9,046 Reviews
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Brian Cornell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work/life balance in many areas (including work-from-home opportunities)" (in 276 reviews)

  • Well Target did a lot for the team members as far as rewarding for extra work loads (in 757 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is stressed however hard to achieve with very high expectations (in 613 reviews)

  • I feel the compensation for team members does not always reflect the job positions (in 740 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great career development & experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Team Leader
    Current Employee - Store Team Leader

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

    Pros

    You control your destiny at Target if you have strong business acumen, are able to get results through your team and stay positive and solutions oriented. I truly enjoy the autonomy and freedom I have to run my store and lead my team to exceed company standards. High importance placed on leadership development for team and self.

    Cons

    Very metric driven, even when metrics don't mean great service or the right thing for the team/guest. Work/life balance is not great and we teach our teams to expect all leaders to be on the floor at all times, which leads little time for planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep expectations realistic while being innovative and cutting expenses. Find a way to give work/life balance back to those in retail. I love retail and I love Target, but it is EASY to get burned out here and I don't want to feel that way, but it is inevitable at this point. Lastly, do away with the Best Team Survey! It is such a hollow, pencil whipped activity at this point and lost its genuine focus on seeking and implementing what the team wants. True feedback isn't given at the executive level because focus stores punish all leaders, not just the focus leader.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 15 people found this helpful  

    Great Company To Work For, But Not For Everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Human Resources in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Human Resources in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    (Speaking from the store-level) The people you work with are great! Being around such smart, focused, hard working, kind and funny individuals is what will keep some people there long after they are ready to go. The money and benefits are good. The leadership development is great. The culture and ethics of the company are outstanding.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is rough. Minimum 50 hours a week is the expectation, I never worked less than that. The level of expectation at the store level is often unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of what the ETL's are experiencing within each district.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Heading in wrong direction with wrong focuses

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Target full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary...makes it hard to look outside the company

    Cons

    Focused on wrong things, used to be better positionef by putting guests first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customer...not redcard goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at target was a very fun experience for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    They work as a team and managers care about the staff. The employee discount is decent and it's a fun work experience.

    Cons

    When seasonal come around permanent hours get slashed and you will have to train them if no one else is able to do it which could be frustrating especially if you are new yourself. There isn't a set schedule but they tell you your schedule 2 weeks in advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make permanent employees first priority

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    In terms of development, can't beat this experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Logistics in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Logistics in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Tons of money for the job, developmental and promotional opportunities, learning things about yourself that you cannot get anywhere else. If you have the mental fortitude, the ability to accept critical feedback, and a thick enough skin, you can nearly double your salary within 3 years. This isn't the job for people who are willing to throw in the towel at the first sign of adversity. I have seen many kids out there who get into a rough spot who start looking for a new job and don't fight through the struggles of the position. At the end of the day, the leadership team above you supports you and wants to see you succeed. If you are the type of person who would split and leave your peers and leaders high and dry because you don't have what it takes to make it through the tough times, don't consider Target as a place to start your career. If you start this journey, hold on and enjoy the ride!

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes the minions are unruly...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I get it. I'd do what I could to retain the best and brightest. It's definitely not a glamourous job, but it has done wonders for me and my family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate good career but not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandising in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Merchandising in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Target is a strong company that values best practice and continual improvement. At corporate, you will generally have a strong (or at least decent) manager, about average pay, and in the vast majority of cases, reasonable hours. Even if you end up deciding it's not for you, you will learn a lot about communication, influencing others, and leadership. Also, as long as you want to move and take the steps necessary to get there, there are plenty of internal promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    They're trying to change, but it takes forever to get things done. Target presents itself as a modern, casual organization but in fact the corporate culture has long been tops-down, slow and risk-averse. Management is aware of these things and is working to speed up decision making, but there are still too many layers. In some areas perception can be more important than results. Providing you are not completely incompetent, being confident and happy can be better for your career than working hard. Also, the time off policy (based on seniority, start at 2 weeks) is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a culture that values action and waste reduction. Just because you can make a process out of something doesn't mean it's more efficient that way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Target overnight flow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    Fast fun friendly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Floor/Softlines Team Member/Electronics Team Member in Niagara Falls, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Floor/Softlines Team Member/Electronics Team Member in Niagara Falls, NY

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

    Pros

    Fast,fun,friendly, if your willing to work hard and fallow the motto you will go far. Target is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Some guest can be rude but it's still better then most jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    best job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Culpeper, VA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Culpeper, VA

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

    Pros

    For a Cashier the schedule isn't bad, they switch you up from short shifts and long shifts. You don't always close or open they always switch it up. They are always friendly..

    Cons

    I didn't have this problem but my coworker does, unpaid maternity leave for cashiers and floor team members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Target Protection Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with school. Decent pay. Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Difficult to move up if you are with the company, and THEN get your degree. External hires with degress typically enter in at a higher position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote form within more than externally hiring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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