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"Being an ETL at Target is Challenging and Rewarding"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Madison, WI
Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Madison, WI
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Target paints the big picture for your long-term career destination, and gives you the development tools and feedback you need to be successful in reaching your career goals. You come to really know how to leverage your strengths and improve your opportunities as a leader through feedback.

Cons

Target leaders are expected to be very global and sometimes it really cuts into your time/ability to drill into driving results in the areas that you own and are accountable to. ETL's. The training program for new ETL's is insufficient at preparing you to be successful in your role on day one. Your most valuable training will come after being thrown into your position under-prepared and learning to succeed through trial and error.

Advice to Management

If you want stores to drive specific metrics then your leaders need the proper tools to hold Team Members accountable to driving those results (ex: individual achievement statistics for AAR, who is performing at what level based off of transactions), and Team Members need the appropriate incentives to drive those results (ex: base plus commission TM's in electronics, or more than a .25 cent raise per hour for being an electronics TM).

Other Employee Reviews for Target

  1. "Great Place To Develop Leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Chambersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Chambersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus on development
    Strong Brand
    Good benefits and work life balance
    Employee appreciation events
    Options to advance within the company
    Lots of opportunity all over the company and all over the country

    Cons

    Path to upper management is not always clear
    Hours can be difficult but that is common in retail
    Economy can negatively effect the retail business

    Advice to Management

    Keep Target Great


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Depends on how you look at it..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Target full-time

    Pros

    Excellent leadership and development growth - Target definitely prepares you to be an effective manager/leader.
    Good training and talent management materials, and there is a best practice for everything!
    There are plenty of growth opportunities.
    Good pay.
    Discounts (both in store and with other companies)
    Benefits are okay - account based plans.
    Great opportunities for community involvement.
    Overall, I think Target tries to have a very healthy and friendly culture.
    You can always go to HR if something isn't ethical.
    Very high expectations (could be a pro or con depending on your work ethic)
    Target listens to feedback and will change their processes based on feedback from the field - they are always trying to improve and become more efficient.

    Cons

    Work life balance (work anywhere to 50-70 hours depending on the time of year), but you do get every other weekend off, which is a luxury for most retailers.
    Holidays are INTENSE and EXHAUSTING, especially with Black Friday opening earlier and earlier. Remember, it's more than just Christmas - there is a big Holiday almost every month (New Years, Valentines, Easter, Mother's day, Memorial day, July 4th, Back to school, Labor day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas - you don't get a break)
    Physical work - you are stocking shelves, building displays, cleaning up the store, etc. in addition to all of the computer/paper work you need to get done.
    Scheduling can rotate from early morning (4 am) to late at night
    Payroll constraints can be frustrating (constantly having to cut payroll or aren't given much to begin with)
    Rude customers get old.
    Very high expectations (could be a pro or con depending on your work ethic)
    Not much room to be creative/innovative. Target is very established in it's processes/routines and has a best practice for everything. Your job is to execute Target's way, not think of a new way. So, if you are looking to have a lot of creativity with merchandising or how to run certain processes, then this is NOT the position for you.
    Turnover has become very high recently. This can be tough constantly trying to train new ETLs and cover vacant positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work with leadership development!
    However, there is a large disconnect with Headquarters and what actually goes on in the stores/field. Be realistic with expectations and payroll allocation.

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