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Updated February 18, 2018
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Pros
  • There is a large focus on work/life balance that is very appreciated (in 895 reviews)

  • If the team members can't come up with an answer they are more than willing to seek out the answer via manager or other sources (in 1776 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life Balance is an opportunity (in 1500 reviews)

  • compensation for existing team members being outpaced by newer (in 1594 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to make technology choices
    Best Practices of Software development
    Great place to work as well as learn new stuff.

    Cons

    Frequent firing as a result unstability

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Tech moving in the right direction."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Target as an intern

    Pros

    My 10 week long experience at Target must have been one of the best internship program experiences in the Twin Cities. I was placed on a new team building an application from the ground up, so I experienced different levels of the iterative application development cycle. Both my manager and mentor were awesome!

    Cons

    Experience was team based. Some interns were placed in fields of computer science that they didn't desire to work in (e.g. back-end, infrastructure, security). My advice would be to hire for those specific team types.

    Program was also quite short. Separating the number of interns into two waves of 12+ weeks could work with scheduling and be more desirable.

  3. "ewvevvwrv rvew3v ev2evw2"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great place to work

    Cons

    There are no cons; that place was great

    Advice to Management

    Slack was fun while it lasted


  4. "Guest Reliability Engineer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Guest Reliability Engineer in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Current Employee - Guest Reliability Engineer in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good paycheck, decent work life balance. Depending on the team people can be friendly and nice. Nicely designed common areas too.

    Cons

    Politics and Senior Management not being supportive of engineers. Always wanting a flashy product with not much substance. The way to get a head is touting your own horn the loudest.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a plan, and let engineers make technical decisions


  5. "Working with great technology and great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good 401k match, modern tech stack, great company values, they give back to the community a ton, fun and collaborative workspaces

    Cons

    Occasionally work is slowed down by business teams struggling to make decisions or changing their mind about priorities, which can be frustrating


  6. "Software Engineer for 2.5 Years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly people, rejuvenated engineering culture, a lot of opportunity. Current manager is supportive of me moving to a new team.

    Cons

    Pay raises are on a rigid schedule, some managers lack technical expertise and don't have a clue about software development.

    Advice to Management

    Make an attempt to bring your team together: the occasional outing/happy hour/scheduled fun time. I've been with my current manager for a while - the only fun days are when people quit and we can go out to eat together.


  7. "Great place for IT Security"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Schedules
    - Recognition for innovation and hard work
    - Ability to try new things
    - Personal Development supported/required
    - Fast paced
    - Failure is accepted (mostly)
    - Pay is good

    Cons

    - Needing time/resources from other teams sometimes hard
    - Fast pace cuts into personal development time
    - Replacement of people after they leave takes a long time

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a good job in my opinion. Frequently asking for input -- almost too much though.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, nice people, 401k, dentals, eyewear, medical, work from home, paid time off, personal holiday well being hours

    Cons

    Low quality software engineer team, too many contractors. Slow pacing. Low pay, Too many unproductive people, too many meetings, take tech unseriously

    Advice to Management

    Hire better talents, reduce # of low quality contractors.


  9. "A good culture, and kind teams full of enthusiasm."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Android Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Android Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good people, cool and interesting projects, lots of benefits, light on meetings, everyone has a voice, lots of diversity.

    Cons

    Large company means lots of processes. There are a ton of teams that have to coordinate things between each other, and they may not necessarily be sitting next to each other.


  10. "Great culture, great environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Target as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, very friendly people, pretty good pay for Minneapolis area. Everyone is extremely supportive and truly wants the best for you.

    Cons

    You don't have much say on which campus in Minneapolis you'd like to work in. There's the downtown campus which is right in the heart of the city and then there's the Target North Campus in Brooklyn Park which is about a 30 minute drive from downtown. They're both extremely nice but very different environments.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the interns more. Tell them how they are doing and how they can improve their performance.