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"Amazing experience but everyone needs an exit strategy"

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Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

- Fantastic training and development program.
- Fast paced culture and fun envionrment at HQ

Cons

- Insane "feedback overload" culture. People take it to extremes and it can become all-consuming.
- Everyone is also obsessed with "timing" of promotions and is in a constant race to move on to the next position.
- Many layers and approvals needed to get anything done

Advice to Management

Be weary of burning people out. There is such a thing as a "strong contributor" and not everyone is either high potential or a poor performer. Find value in those who are contributing consistently and work to reward them as much as the high flying corporate ladder climbers.

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  1. "Very by the book company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Floor Team Member in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworker; good discounts; management very will to deal with your schedule. Pay raises yearly

    Cons

    Management is very by the book for safety and sales. Pay raises of 5-15 cents does not help the employees at the bottom. Bonus at xmas would be nice.

    Advice to Management

    Look into the procedures and ask employees what should be done to fix them. Every employee I worked with had issues with several


  2. Helpful (17)

    "Completely Disingenuous"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a good name on the resume.

    They really know how to mold you into the person they want you to be, and if you are willing to break yourself to fit it, you'll move up based on time spent in the cult.

    Some people are actually nice if you can get them to open up and be themselves.

    The downtown location is really cool and the building is extremely clean and nice looking.

    Cons

    It's not a company, it's a cult.

    Everyone acts the same, dresses the same, and if you have even the slightest bit of difference in your personality, you'll be ostracized and asked to change who you are. I've never met more fake people in my life. It's not at all a good representation of the people of Minneapolis, and if you're moving from anywhere outside of the state, you might wonder about your move.

    You better love the people you work with because those are the only people you'll see from hire date to end date, at work and during personal time. Expect 3 "happy" hours a week after work, even if you want to have a life outside of your job. If you don't attend extra events, they'll start to wonder about you. You'll have lunch together all the time as well; sometimes breakfast. You can forget about having Friday to yourself: breakfast, lunch and happy hour dinner will be spent with your team.

    You have to schedule time on your calendar to actually do work since the rest of your time will be spent in meetings, preparing for more meetings, where you'll have to regurgitate the same things you've said over and over again to the point where you literally don't even have to think anymore. It's all about how you say it rather than what you say, especially since what you say will be the same thing over and over.

    Minneapolis is a really nice place to live, full of a bunch of things to do during all seasons. It's really a shame that if you work for Target, you'll never get to enjoy any of them.

    The job is dull, especially if you thought "business analyst" meant more than "inventory level checker." HR sells you the job in a near bait-and-swith style.

    It's more style over substance. It doesn't matter if you know how to do the job, it matters how you present yourself. They will never get over their first impression of you if it's a bad one, no matter how well you do at the actual job.

    The training is a joke. No one speaks up about this, but the training program is absolutely ridiculous. Everyone acts like they're still in high school, forming cliques, talking during formal class time and just overall acting like children. You have to do presentations in class that involve writing on large sheets of elementary school paper, performing skits and reading worksheets like you're in 5th grade. Additionally, what you learn during training may or may not apply to your actual job in your department, so good luck trying to put together that 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of a wheat field in under 6 weeks.

    Best of luck to you if you and your mentor do not see eye to eye, or if your mentor is unwilling to change their style of teaching/is stuck in their ways. This will absolutely make or break you.

    They don't help pay for parking downtown, so unless you want to live in the "Target Dorms" (you'll find out where they are), you'll have to pay for that downtown location.

    Everyone in the world thinks the pay is bad where they work, but Target actually isn't great with its rewards/benefits. For the hours you put in and the people you put up with, it's not worth it. Of course promotions are time-based, which helps, but hurts those who actually try. You can find places with equal or better pay for less stress/hours.

    They must pump that Target smell into the building, your clothes will reek of it all day.

    It's so annoying to see that downtown Target store as you're coming in to and leaving work. That logo will forever be associated with your experience.

    Advice to Management

    Get real. You're a retail company, not the Big 4. You work your people to death with huge turnover. You promote diversity yet expect everyone to wear the same smile and act the same way. Diversity is more than skin color. We all know retail is a rough industry, and Target tries to be the "best," but when you're following and not leading, you're never going to be. It's a shame that so many talented people will never be welcomed inside the halls of the Target church.

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