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Target Business Manager Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  • Long Hours can impact work life balance (in 1417 reviews)

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  1. "It was a great place to work and may still be, but expect some culture changes in the future."

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    Former Employee - Manager, Business Intelligence in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager, Business Intelligence in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    My coworkers were talented, collaborative, and dedicated. Our team, along with many partners, delivered some great results. Our management was supportive and we knew we could count on them as champions for what we were doing. Initiative was appreciated and rewarded. Work/life balance was a genuine corporate value. Needless to say, I really enjoyed my years there. If you thrive on change, it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Organizational inefficiency was probably the biggest ongoing issue. Many IT-related projects required several teams to be involved, making it difficult to identify the owners of specific tasks or issues. Many layers of management ensured there would be too many ancillary people bogging down progress, with little accountability.
    The recent layoffs and org structure changes are intended to remedy these cons, and I sincerely wish Target's leaders well in this undertaking because it will be key to the company's future.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and frequent communication with employees during the transitions, with details on what is happening, why it's happening, and the end state you envision. It will go a long way in maintaining morale and excitement for the future.


  2. "Target Review"

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    Current Employee - Business Process Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Process Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Team Members, Campus, Growth, Team, Development

    Cons

    Culture, Stress, Workload, Layoffs, Compensation

    Advice to Management

    Value your talented employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company back in the early-mid 2000's"

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    Former Employee - Manager Business Intelligence in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager Business Intelligence in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Target full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great, good growth opportunities, best looking stores in the industry.

    Cons

    HQ - Too many politics, no credit for what you do, it is who you know. Constrained to be innovative due to all the process and rules.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline like you have down lately, improve morale, give everyone a purpose and a sense of belonging.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Target.com - less red tape, but still corporate"

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    Former Employee - Target.com Business Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Target.com Business Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Creative & open to change
    - You can make a difference
    - Strong management
    - Excellent training & career development
    - Positive culture

    Cons

    - Formal dress code even at "dot com" (Target.com)
    - There is a Target type of person, and it is hard to fit in if you're not peppy & positive
    - Company division can be siloed, and it is sometimes hard to get information or assistance

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up the corporate dress code policy. Focus on multi-channel strategy.


  5. "Employee Friendly"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Employee Friendly - Team members are trusted and treated with respect
    - Good pay
    - Employees have access to world class L&D resources

    Cons

    - Slow decisions - over emphasis on relationships over results
    - Perception management and Networking important to get promoted
    - Weak on accountability


  6. "TI"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Focus on Talent development, Lateral movements.

    Cons

    Limited learning as TI works like any other BPO. Low skill jobs & execution focussed work.


  7. "Good Organisation with winds of change"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, scope to learn business functions with retail in its core

    Cons

    top heavy, less growth opportunities, lack of clear vision and communication

    Advice to Management

    be more open and communicative

  8. "Good Intent, Slow Execution"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Flexibility, work life balance, respect, community giving

    Cons

    hierarchical mindset, perception not results, local view

    Advice to Management

    cut down layers


  9. "Long hours, little perks and disenfranchised employee base"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Target full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Your store is like a family, become very connected with a huge range of people from 15 year olds to 70 year olds.
    - Great to share store successes with your team

    Cons

    - If you want to have a life outside of your job at any point Target is not the right retailer for you. Additional days are a given and 60+ hour work weeks common even during off-peak times.
    - The companies poor sales results over the last few years has resulted in ever-shrinking wages even for stores improving year on year. More work getting shoved onto Management.
    - Logistic processes are outdated from the 80's, many stores unable to handle in-flow stock capacities once at a certain size.
    - Little to no training or guides on how to improve store functions, stock flow, register processes etc.
    - Huge, huge senior company leadership turnover, has gone through 3 Managing Directors in the past 5 years.
    - Store Support Office's solution to poor sales is increasing width of range items causing significant in-store issues with space management, very poor retail planning. Has been concerncing for 5-6 half year seasons now and only getting worse.
    - No incentive to think outside the box let alone implementing changes on a store level.
    - Stores have no individual flair, run very much the same leaving little room for innovation and evolution of best practice.
    - Communication overall is confusing and jumbled, mixed consumer messages although getting more focused as of late.

    Advice to Management

    New Senior Management look more promising than past years, focus on personal innovation and evolve your IT and Logistics strategies further.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "What i have encounted"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In some stores, there are very friendly staff that you get along with great.
    There is an opportunity for you to further your career in management roles, from business manager to store manager and even higher.
    You meet new people everyday.

    Cons

    More pressure on management to do ridiculous amounts of work that one person can not do alone, yet must.
    Jobs are given to be completed by the end of the day and if not done, a stern yelling ensures about why it is not good enough it was not done.
    Senior managment tend to be contradiciting - they say don't do something, than two minutes later ask why it hasn't been completed.
    The pay is not right for the hours you work.
    You work random, long hours. Some managers can start at 1pm and stay back as late as 2am with no recognition or thanks.
    Day's off can be lost on roster and you lose those days.
    Half days can be cancelled without warning and you do not find out until that day.
    Your days off can be changed and you don't know about it.
    Staff can be rude and refuse to do anything you ask them to do. When you bring this up with your manager/store manager, you get shut down and made to look like the bad guy while the staff get away with it.
    The workplace promotes a no bully policy yet it is run by bullies.
    Money is taken away from stores that do not do well finiacially which means you lose staff members shifts, which puts more pressure on management.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep your management teams by listening to their feedback, preventing bullying from all management (including head offices, district and regional managers, store managers etc), and reduce the work load by giving more to the company (instead of taking it away from stores that struggle).