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Target Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
9,656 Reviews
3.1
9,656 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Working at Target's distribution center is a fantastic job for young or short-term workers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Oconomowoc, WI
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Oconomowoc, WI

    I worked at Target full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You don't need a college degree to earn a good paycheck, be eligible for a 401K match, and have access to decent health insurance. The work culture demands that employees show optimism and cooperation which makes it a more enjoyable experience. The warehouse is very serious about OSHA regulations and takes steps to promote workplace safety. There is good communication and every workday begins with a short meeting. Once a month there is a longer meeting where more in-depth information is shared like how the corporation is doing and what changes will be happening in the future. The HR department is very willing to help with any problems. The workplace is as clean as it can be for a warehouse. There is some flexibility allowed for college students and sometimes tuition reimbursement can apply to your classes, but this is minimal. Potential for annual raises and opportunity to give your opinion in an annual workplace survey. Little workplace parties and community events are offered every few months. 10% discount at Target stores and target.com as well as discounts at other companies. The bottom line is that it's a great job, but you should not plan on staying. Enjoy the benefits but have a back-up plan.

    Cons

    Within the warehouse, there is very little opportunity to develop your resume or to advance professionally. No worker of over 3 years in the warehouse escapes injury, and the longer a worker stays, the more serious the injury. Reviews are given often and it is almost impossible to get a perfect review which is frustrating for hard-working employees. Attendance records are almost always incorrect but it is impossible to correct those mistakes, which might lead to workers wrongfully getting in trouble for being absent. Each supervisor has their own idea of how the rules should be enforced and most employees find out about new rules after learning that a coworker had gotten into trouble. It seems to be a silent policy that supervisors must badger at least one worker at a given time, and those workers often feel like they are being harassed, but Target would call it coaching. The vast majority of jobs are manual labor and there is no air conditioning in the summer although there is some heat sources available in the winter. Non-manual labor jobs require an interview which asks applicants to give examples of work-related challenges which is impossible to provide because those challenges are never offered to warehouse workers. Workers are told what overtime day that they have instead of having the opportunity to choose. Major problems where corporate is involved will make workers want to quit out of frustration. Target has the worst outsourced HR sub-department on Earth which is HEWITT and this company handles Target employee's FMLA, leave of absence, ect. and they constantly make life frustrating for employees and never do their job correctly. Target has a policy of promoting safety but their practice is not in line with those teachings. If you get hurt, it will be considered your fault even if it's not and you will find that the company will try to fire you even if you are still injured. Training is done minimally and there isn't an opportunity to learn at a safe pace. There is a problem with teamwork and understanding how one workers actions affect the rest of the warehouse. There is such a big push on productivity numbers that it takes away the opportunity to produce quality work and no time is given to employees to perform any necessary nonproductive tasks. Many workers are foolish enough to put their safety on the line to impress a supervisor only to learn that supervisors are rotated regularly , and all that effort did them little good but did make their supervisor look like an amazing leader. The bottom line is that it's a great job because of the pay, benefits, and culture but you should not plan on staying and you should NEVER push yourself beyond what is safe for you even if it means that you will get fired for not being able to make production. Being fired is better than being hurt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET RID OF HEWITT!!! Go back to the culture of encouraging teamwork and you will get a better quality box of good shipped to the stores and fewer injuries in the workplace due to pallets being built in a stable way as it endures normal warehouse wear and tear. This begins in inbound and where the focus should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 37 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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

    I worked at Target full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits
    Flexibility
    promote from within
    Team focused

    Cons

    All stores are not the same, unfortunately this does not really fit in with the Target paradigm. More attention needs to be paid to individual store needs in order to achieve the companies long-term vision. Also, the company needs to be more focused on innovation to stay relevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your STL's to know what is right for their store and let them sell stuff, after all that's what the store is for.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Target team consists of hard-working, determined individuals who have the guests' needs at the forefront of their minds.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Guest Services in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Guest Services in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    10% team discount. You're able to move up the career ladder at Target pretty quickly, depending on your work ethic. Any team member are generally willing to help you, or at least find someone who can assist you. You're trained in more than more department, which makes it possible for more hours and more pay, if you so wish.

    Cons

    The public, of course! The constant need to get more Red Cards. The constant need to sell more warranties. The constant need to watch your speed. Management will sometimes break their own rules/guidelines in order to appease certain guests, which will make you (the cashier) appear incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more clear in the job duties the many responsibilities as a cashier (red cards, warranties, checkout speed, conversing with guests, etc.). Also, I understand why Red Cards are so important, but constantly having to ask each guest (and sometimes the same guests) about Red Cards is making the guests frustrated with the cashier. Instead, I would suggest for each Cashier to hand a slip a paper with the many benefits of the Red Card to each guest along with the receipts of their purchase. In this instance, the guests would have their own leisure to decide whether they want a Red Card. They could always come back to open an account at a later time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very uncomfortable environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IN

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

    Pros

    Really dont have anything nice to say about this job expect its a pay check and it can put a little change in your pockets until you can get something better.

    Cons

    Very little training.
    Not enough people to cover expected work loads.
    Leads are prejudice.
    Horrible communication between co-workers.
    No organization.
    Floor gets all the recognition while backroom team get hits with all the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step up and fully oversee what is going on in the backroom!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced work environment with fast fun and friendly team members thatall committed to making Target a great company

    • 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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Great people
    Work life blance

    Cons

    Limited career movement and opportunities to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Target created a friendly environment for both team members and guests

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Target Team Member in Scotia, NY
    Current Employee - Target Team Member in Scotia, NY

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

    Pros

    Target allows you to move around the store

    Cons

    The job had irregular hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Being a Cashier at Target is a good first job, I suppose.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guest Service Team Member - Cashier in Hialeah, FL
    Current Employee - Guest Service Team Member - Cashier in Hialeah, FL

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

    Pros

    All of the team members are extremely nice and understanding. The guests (Target's way of reffering to customers) are not anything like I had expected -- they sre all very nice, and if you make a mistake, they won't bite your head off, instead, a lot of them say "No, don't worry, take your time."

    Cons

    The PAY! Also, after the holiday season, hours got cut horribly. As a part-time seasonal employee, I got one check of $272, and another of $330. As a part-time regular, I am barely making $150... I am a Cashier Team Member earning $8.25/hr.

    Another thing, RedCards are a huge thing for the Target Corporation. Once, I sold 13 during a five hour shift, and I did not get rewarded anything. Other times my super visors have given me free lunch, free coffee, or something from the sales floor worth up to $10, though I would prefer a bonus in my paycheck, or even store credit! Most of my money goes back into Target anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give monetary rewards to your team members! Selling thirteen RedCards in one day isn't easy, you know. Also, Target is a pretty large corporation... can't you up the pay by two dollars? Having an aching back and feet for five hours in exchange for $41.50 is beginning to not be worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Not Target, Home Owned Business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Owner in Saint Charles, MO
    Current Employee - Owner in Saint Charles, MO

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

    Pros

    Very easy to make quick money, no taxes and is nice to get our and mow lawns

    Cons

    A lot of physical labor and takes sweat and time to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must be on top of your game

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My experience with Target was a great one.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent team work and incentives

    Cons

    long time to move up into a better position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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