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Target Merchandising Specialist Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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  • "Can be difficult to find a good work/life balance" (in 1582 reviews)

  • "Not a great for more team members further along in their career" (in 1685 reviews)

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  1. "Target headquarters tries to create a good working environment, with opportunities for development and advancement."

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    Former Employee - Merchandising Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Merchandising Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - fun environment
    - flexible hours

    Cons

    - uneasy future
    - possible challenges in advancing

    Advice to Management

    communicate as much as possible about the future of Target!


  2. "Sr. Merchandise Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Merchandise Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Merchandise Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities. Great employee benefits.

    Cons

    Has the large corporate feel among the individual teams. Company values do not carry through to how all team members are treated.

  3. "Merchandise specialist"

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    Current Employee - Merchandising Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Merchandising Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    target offers great perks for employees

    Cons

    there aren't really any cons


  4. "New CEO ruined the company (Downtown MPLS HQ review)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Merchandiser Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior Merchandiser Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, competetive pay, on-site extras (employee Plaza Commons, Clinic, etc) Tons of extras benefits with other companies. Great annual meeting. Opportunities for growth and furthering education.

    Cons

    Ever since the new CEO took over the company is no longer employee focused. The two HQ locations not downtown have a relaxed culture. However, the remaining four in downtown Minneapolis are the complete opposite. It's a very clique heavy and the behavior is encouraged by upper management. Those that qualify for the on-site parking garage can expect a very long waiting list. As for middle/lower level employees, they can expect to pay an average of $10 daily for parking as there's no discount/reimbursement provided to employees. New CEO brought major layoffs, then a realignment which pushed employees into different jobs. Leaving employees with a take it or quit option. Massive layoffs has cause workloads to triple. Overtime is not mandatory however, it's impossible to keep up without working it. (Merchandising) Morale crashed and has yet to rebound.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees about culture issues, follow the all inclusive policy at all locations, don't force people into new positions, provide parking reimbursement/programs for downtown employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Merchandise Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Merchandise Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Merchandise Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to many facets of the company. Great networking opportunities. Excellent workplace. Work/Life balance is important here. This role really is a great introductory role for someone who isn't quite sure what focus they want to pursue for their career in merchandising. The exposure is great.

    Cons

    Compensation. The amount of work that is done, the influence that you have on the business is really taken for granted when it comes to monetary compensation. Being a non-exempt employee alone really excludes you from a lot of recognition. Regardless of your background, you often end up taking on tasks that others on your team don't want to execute and as a result your job description could vary drastically in comparison to your peers. While others are working on development projects, those same projects for you could just be a part of your day to day responsibilities and not viewed as development projects on your team which makes being promoted to an exempt role very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your non-exempt team. More often than not, HQ hires more interns into intro-exempt roles than they even consider non-exempt candidates. These are people who really have large exposure, influence, and talent across the board with their category management which often can make them even more qualified than a new grad.


  6. "Non-exempt Merchandise Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Specialist
    Current Employee - Merchandise Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and location downtown. Fun events throughout the year, warm cookie Wednesday and team member discount.

    Cons

    I would not recommend this job if you have a 4 year degree. Very hard to move from non-exempt to exempt roles. Treated with less respect than salaried workers. Little focus on development and it is hard to move on if you don't have the support from leaders. Underpaid and the job description does not match your actual job tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Value your non-exempt employees and promote them. They are just as capable of learning as any exempt counterpart.


  7. "Take control of your career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Merchandise Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Merchandise Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great company to start your career
    -they truly do care about the guests and their employees
    -Managers are supportive and willing to work with you on career advancement
    -they recognize achievements
    -the culture is great, people are friendly and fun

    Cons

    -Although managers are willing to work with you on advancement, you have to take control of your career
    -There are lots of opportunities available, but sometimes hard to jump pyramids when wanting to move out of merchandising
    -pay was decent

    Advice to Management

    Keep recognizing achievements and letting employees know they are valued

  8. "No Respect For Employees"

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    Current Employee - Softlines Brand Merchandising Specialist
    Current Employee - Softlines Brand Merchandising Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    "brand" work is enjoyable, makes the day go fast
    interacting with guests
    leadership without the "responsibility"
    coworkers were great

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional and two-faced. They will say and act one way to your face and bad talk you to other managers and team members.

    During my time at Target I saw the "team lead" positions on the sales floor/operations get cut from 6-7 to 3. They are expected to lead too much for one person. Because of that, Team Leads are not effective in certain areas of the store. Usually that is Softlines/clothing, where I was specialist.

    I was essentially the "team lead" of softlines.

    No one took the time to learn what I did, therefore didn't appreciate it.

    Management does not take any critique seriously

    Disregard of team members personal schedules/poor scheduling, which lead to poor attendance

    Never got my raise for being promoted to brand, even though I brought it up multiple times to leadership

    Management looks down on the people beneath them. I was rarely treated like an equal even though I worked for the company longer than most of them.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to Corporate is to have higher standards for your management.


  9. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Process Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Merchandise Process Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great People
    -Fun environment
    -Incredible work-life balance/flexible schedule

    Cons

    -Changing jobs can be challenging
    -big company so it can come with some very slow/boring times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep Team Members informed as the company changes drastically.


  10. "Corporate Level Non-Exempt"

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Merchandise Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, location, employee discount, don't have to take your work home with you.

    Cons

    Little opportunity to advance out of these roles. Generally people in these roles are not treated with the same respect as their salaried counterparts.