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Updated July 27, 2018
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  1. "Project Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast, Fun, and Friendly was their internal company motto and they were all of that each and every day. Their strive to be the best was a definite feeling throughout the company.

    Cons

    My position became to repetitive and didn't allow me for advancement. I would have liked to have experienced other areas of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Use the employees you have and offer advancement to those first before looking outside of company


  2. "Be selective"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some areas with great work going on, others on life support. Make sure you do your research carefully.

    Cons

    It's a very big company. Expect to actively manage your own career, otherwise they'll do it for you and you won't like it.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck trying to hire tech talent when you kill off all your innovation projects.

  3. "Target Technology Services (TTS)"

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    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Target had some great office locations in downtown Minneapolis, and to give them credit, they are working on changing their technology services for the best.

    Cons

    Target chose to relocate their technology services to a suburb outside of downtown Minneapolis, despite overwhelming employee survey responses indicating that employees would not be happy with the move

    Advice to Management

    Target's goal is to be a fast, fun, and friendly place to work. However, as an employee in Target Technology Services (TTS), this was never the case. The business side of the company seemed to enjoy the best of what Target had to offer. Work on improving the overall culture by working side by side with TTS


  4. "Good culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Architect
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Architect

    I worked at Target (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice team, Great people, Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Too many people not knowing what to do
    Needs better direction from leadership

    Advice to Management

    Focus on engineers and recognize true potential


  5. "Too many chefs in the kitchen"

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    Former Contractor - Network Segmentation Architect in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Network Segmentation Architect in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Target as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big company - so big budgets & tools.

    Cons

    The IT team is too segmented with far too many contractors. Project managers were constantly trying to steal projects from each other.

    Advice to Management

    Get some control over the org chart


  6. "A retail giant trying to find its way in the technology world."

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    Current Employee - Solution Architect
    Current Employee - Solution Architect
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Target full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beginning to embrace new technologies and development methodologies (CI/CD). Uptake is slow in traditional departments but quicker in API and iOS/Android app areas.

    Cons

    Too many layers of leadership and decomposition of responsibilities. Too many managers involved for every project.

    Advice to Management

    Allow technical employees the ability to make decisions without many project managers becoming involved.


  7. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Target full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Relaxed work atmosphere

    Cons

    Constant transformational initiatives , Weak Management

  8. "Pretty OK place to work... but trust no one."

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large environment that can be challenging, and central office location in Minneapolis. People that work there are good to work with.

    Cons

    Compensation package is weak compared what is available if you are skilled and have experience. It is clear that focus is on money, and brand, not people. Labor arbitrage is preferred to engineering solutions making labor un-necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Put your people first. Focus on performance and how it can be improved as this builds loyalty. Understand that big changes have happened and the rate of change is acceleration... Focus on making people flexible rather than replacing them and starting over.


  9. "Love to work for Target"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strategy, long term outlook, collobration, great people!

    Cons

    Not a technology leader, may need better strategy for technology investments, as the landscape has changed a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Don't waste time and money with bad decision making. If you are not investing in the right technology and protect your good people, trouble is very near!


  10. Helpful (7)

    "The not very Fast, Fun and Friendly Target"

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    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're looking for large, retail experience, then Target is one of the few out there. However, expect frustration and an overly managed environment that actually stifles progress and inflates budgets.

    Cons

    Very little actual accountability within the group I was working in. Within twelve months, four different managers were involved with the group. Each with at least several years of experience within Target and yet they had very little ability to communicate ideas, deal with conflict, adhere to timelines and budgets, etc. In short, the group that I was exposed to was very sub par compared to other companies that I've been involved with.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten down the reporting structure. In most cases, the Project Managers have less than five staff members on their team...and they're overwhelmed with work. Target would be better off flattening out the hierarchy to really focus on the "Fast" of their Fast, Fun and Friendly motto.