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"Fun place to work, better than some, but still lacking."

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Current Employee - Electronics Sales Associate in Cedar Rapids, IA
Current Employee - Electronics Sales Associate in Cedar Rapids, IA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Target is much more organized than some other companies: they have a good use of tools, inventory setup, and planning. The way that the employees, team leaders, and managers work together as a team is extraordinary, and everyone generally treats everyone else with respect. There is a diverse range of employees which keeps it fun and interesting most of the time. And, depending on which department you're in, the job can be pretty fun. Also, there are a number of ways to pick up extra hours each week if they are available (and they usually are).

Cons

The type of people that are hired on as managers can boggle the mind at times; apparently you need a bachelor's degree in order to be a manager, but some of the general associates are more intelligent than those put into managerial positions, which can be quite frustrating. Also, management tends to be very political, so what may seem fair or even logical is sometimes completely disregarded.

The availability you put down when hired will, more or less, be your availability forever even if you try to change it, and you can almost count on never having a consistent schedule (opening one morning, then closing, then opening, then mid-shift, etc.). Also, approaching the end of the fiscal year, you can count on your hours being reduced to practically nothing, regardless of performance or need.

Advice to Management

Consider the needs of your employees more. Yes, you may have demands from those that are above you, but it's those that are below you that drive the profit of the store and who the guests see first. At least try to strike an even balance, because if an employee is happy, it'll be reflected in their work. Be more fair and less political. Do what makes sense, not what is more convenient for your personal, individual agenda.

And thank you for having given me a place to work where management is actually helpful and respectful. There is no shortage of respect and politeness for the employees (at least to their faces), and for that I have been very grateful. That is one thing that you definitely have going for this company.

Other Employee Reviews for Target

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place to work for."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Pottstown, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Pottstown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll definitely get your exercise as they will work you like a horse. Lot's of time off as you'll only get 2 to 3 days to work a week. Clean work place.

    Cons

    Low wage and little hours equals horrible pay. Snobbish attitudes of management and co-workers. Hard work for little to no return. Cheesy "Brand" outlook that is demanded of team members. Expect to work every significant holiday for a whole dollar an hour more than your base wage. Horrible benefits package in that you won't be able to afford them. Good team cards and Star Performers of the month awards are a joke as only the "pets" get them.

    Advice to Management

    Learn that this is a workplace and not a social club for you and your pets. Get a clue on how to lead.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Caustic management style in Sacramento's Madison store."

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    Current Employee - Softlines Team Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Softlines Team Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    HR department handles employees well and is careful to maintain lawful hiring practices, benefit programs and satisfactory salaries. Time off and requests for days off are honored and fairly treated.

    Cons

    After one year of employment as team leader I'm looking for employment anywhere but at Target. The management style promoted and fostered in new employees is not pretty. Virtually no positive words or encouragement are given. Everything is couched in negative terms. Yet team leaders are expected to complete ever increasing work assignments with reduced employees and reduced hours scheduled for those employees. The constant verbal badgering does not help morale or foster a positive work environment. Neither do phone calls to off duty employees in the wee morning hours. No speaking of work is allowed with fellow employees outside work or outside of working hours, so how the 4:00AM phone calls are justified is a mystery. This company is evidently only interested in the bottom line, employees are expendable and treated as such. Everyone outside of the store upper management lives under constant threat of being fired, in fact team leaders are ordered to conduct a minimum of two counselings per week with each of their team members. Obviously this tactic is to keep team members within weeks of being terminated if corporate demands a further cut in staff. Another tactic is constantly changing the work schedule so if employees don't check immediately before leaving work they can mistakenly believe their next scheduled start time will be the same as was first posted. They are then written up for being late for work when in fact the schedule was changed.

    Advice to Management

    Whether the caustic and brutal treatment of newly hired Team Leaders who have ambitions of a career with Target are only in the Sacramento Madison store is unknown, but leaves a recent college graduate who was bright eyed and ready to tackle the world very demoralized. Why would a company promote this kind of "training" for junior managers? Does Target have another career path for those they want to usher into upper management positions?

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