Target - Great Team Values, Wicked Smart people -- but frigid temperatures and stale/stalled senior leadership | Glassdoor
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"Great Team Values, Wicked Smart people -- but frigid temperatures and stale/stalled senior leadership"

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Current Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Overall, Target is a great company to work for and if you do your due diligence to build a large network (vertically and horizontally), there will always be opportunities for new experiences. Most of the employees are from the Midwest but very open to diverse perspectives (within reason). If you speak up in meetings and show collaborative efforts, you will be rewarded. The corporate responsibility is amazing and the "Fast, Fun, Friendly" brand (although initially feeling cheesy) is much appreciated for employees that work very hard. Your co-workers will quickly become your work family --so be prepared to have stories to share at the Team Table for lunch and to fill out Great Team cards weekly! Everyone is incredibly smart and generally will work hard regardless of level of position. Even the "Average" Target HQ employee, particularly within core merchandising, has extremely high work ethic and exceptional analysis skills.

Cons

Minneapolis is a beautiful city during summer and early Fall -- however, winter is pretty brutal and runs right into spring. Those who are native to the frigid sub-zero temperatures seem to find adequate activities to participate in. But, if you are not used to -10 degree daily weather, you will like find yourself hibernating for 8 months of the year! Promotion and talent planning could use re-thinking -- even if you are a rock star, you will need to wait your turn for promotion and the pipeline gets very backed up at the Sr. Buyer and/or Director level. Most senior leadership "grew up" at the company and have only had Target experience, which presents an issue with truly creating innovative solutions to complex retail business challenges! The company is also used to getting things "right" before moving forward with a strategy and this has hindered the speed to market on really simple, great ideas that other retailers are already doing. Make sure you negotiate before entering the company -- you will find it very difficult to make up on any $$ lost once internally negotiating during lateral moves and/or promotions.

Advice to Management

Thinking different may actually require managing the talent pipeline different, particularly for "external" hires that come with a wealth of experience outside of Target! It's very possible that someone who is 30+ years old may know quite a bit more about what role may be the best fit.

Other Employee Reviews for Target

  1. "Great place to learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Producer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Producer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Target full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The training is unparalleled and will make you very marketable for future career outside of Target

    Cons

    The politics are tough for people new to the workforce to navigate, so it's best to have some work experience before joining the behemoth that is Target. Interpersonal mistakes will haunt you forever.

    Advice to Management

    The pyramid leaders need to do a better job of resolving priority disconnects to avoid in-fighting on cross-functional teams.


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    "Great company but the pay is not so great."

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    Current Employee - Logistics Back Room Team Leader in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Logistics Back Room Team Leader in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Target full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The store is clean, bright and in general the employees are friendly. Target sets a high standard for guest service and monitors the team to ensure the best guest experience.

    Cons

    The company talks about work life balance but, with many new changes in company policy it is becoming harder and harder to find that balance. The pay is not suitable for the amount of work required and with ongoing changes more and more responsibility is being shifted to the team lead position without proper compensation. Accountability not equal among leads.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that while it is important to be a "cheerleader" for your team, not everyone can be on the sidelines cheering, someone needs to be doing the work. Training is not consistent on any level, but communication is worse. I understand changes need to be made to keep the company profitable but at what cost? It's not the company I started with 8 years ago. 😢

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