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Updated February 15, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    - Lot of opportunity for learning and personal growth
    - Work life balance
    - Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Salary is below the market average


  2. "Lots of change an pressure to increase productivity"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World wide talent base using bleeding edge technology to push the limits
    Constantly looking for the next new thing to implement to be more efficient and they have the cash to invest when needed

    Cons

    Expectations are extremely high. If you stick to 40 hours a week, you won't meet them in most cases.
    Lots of H1B visa usage and offshore interaction requiring strange work hours for most roles.
    A lot of the technology work and leadership is done offshore (India) and there is a large disconnect between onshore and offshore teams.
    Always expected to learn new tech. You never get to be an expert at anything before you're expected to learn something else.
    They want new talent, so people that have been there a while tend to be overlooked or pushed out.
    You are expected to research and learn about new tech trends and languages on your own time and bring this experience back to your day job. Without continuously incorporating new technology into your stack, you won't be viewed as a leader.
    Management talks about failing fast and learning from it, but failure day to day is unacceptable unless you can make up for the failure by working overtime to keep delivery timelines on schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Shift out of crisis mode. The pace currently expected is burning talent out and is not sustainable.

  3. "TLPs need to bail after 2 years."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Great healthcare
    Great in your very early career and very late career if you're in management (20+ years)
    Pharmacy+doctors in HQs.
    Target is popular enough that many companies in Mpls will pick you up after working there for way more money.
    If you pick teams well, you can easily learn enough at a fairly smooth going job to get a Sr position at many other companies after 2 years.

    Cons

    HR has almost full sole discretion over your promotions and raises. No matter how much every actual qualified technical person insists you get promoted, a random HR with skills in ripping people off will deny you for whatever reason possible to leech work out of you. Most TLPs bail between 1.5 and 3 years because they get promoted to senior quickly elsewhere.

    While it's normal to expect to have to do the work of a promoted position before you get it, Target will have you doing that for several years, easily. Too many people stuck around for 5 years before getting any sort of promotion, too many more have been here 20 years and are only 1 step away from entry-level.

    As a low level engineer, you will be expected to train Senior and Lead folks how to code, but you will not be paid a single extra dime for it.

    The raises are garbage and recruiters will lie to you about what they are. They trick TLPs into staying by giving them 5-7% ONE TIME, which you will never see ever again, and will be offset by them giving you 1-2% the next time. 4% is considered a "big raise" here, and on a bad year your "bonus" can be all of a couple hundred bucks.

    Advice to Management

    It costs you $150k to hire an outside Senior Engineer for the onboarding + $15-20k for the salary differential between an internal promotion and a new hire, given how cheap HR is, and only MAYBE $20-25k to promote from within. Stop being cheap and keep your employees. You can't move all the tech folks to India quickly enough to save much by hiring out, so stop screwing yourselves out of big swaths of money and just give people promotions. Minneapolis has a serious lack of Sr and Lead folks, and the chunk of TLPs that move into the state will simply move back out and get raises of $50-60k when they do.


  4. "The Latest Tech Stack"

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

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

    Pros

    - Super current tech stack (React, Node, Kubernetes, GraphQL, Drone)
    - 10-20% off all of Target
    - Good work/life balance
    - Nice co-workers
    - Usually fast tech delivery speed
    - Career & leraning opportunities

    Cons

    - Can be slow-moving because it's a giant corporation
    - Can have politics because it's a giant corporation


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Target (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome company, they take time to help you learn and improve yourself through out the internship. They let you work interesting projects and really contribute to the team.

    Cons

    Their only office are in Minneapolis


  6. "Amazing internship experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at Target as an intern

    Pros

    - Company culture, great people, councils for different groups
    - New technologies, with plenty of training opportunities
    - Great mentorship and career advisors
    - Opportunities to work in different teams
    - Beautiful campuses

    Cons

    - Very big, so the experience differs depending on team. Other than that, none that I could think of.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience as an intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -they do a good job of making it easy to befriend other interns (live in the same apartment building, have some events)
    -office is great
    -my team was awesome, I had a great manager who was very helpful and I was able to be transparent with him about how I felt at the company

    Cons

    -your experience really depends on the team you work on

  8. "Lead Data Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Lead Data Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Lead Data Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High compensation and free to work on your own time.

    Cons

    Management tends to get in the way of getting anything done.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not a Tech Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Android Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Android Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Real laid back environment. Pretty decent pay and vacation benefits.

    Access to a safari books and pluralsight.

    Cons

    Not a tech company, and no idea how to be one. Quality is overlooked for just getting things done. People who get things done get promoted while everyone else is left to hold together the garbage pile that was created.

    Lack of accountability, people often don't show up to work, or if they do don't get anything done. This can go on for months before anything is done about it while the team suffers.

    NO perks. Like nothing compared to tech companies. Not even free coffee. This is due to having to keep everything the same between in store employees and HQ employees.

    Office space is a disaster. Giant open office making it impossible to think or even hear co-workers at times. Random meets happen all over the place since there is a lack of rooms. It's like they tried to copy what start ups do, which makes no sense. Start ups have no money, that's why they have open office spaces. Every study has found them to be less productive.

    Terrible security practices. These interfere with your ability to get your job done but also make things pretty insecure.

    Gotta work on holidays. They never mentioned this in my hiring process, but don't expect to travel around Thanksgiving or Christmas. Also, depending on the team your on you may need to work very early on some weekends (1am) for product launchs and may need to be on call all the time for incidents.


  10. "Best job yey"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sweet Job, love Minneapolis, love the culture

    Cons

    Career advancement opportunities or assistance is lacking.