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Target Portland Reviews

Updated October 6, 2018
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  • "Can be difficult to find a good work/life balance" (in 1587 reviews)

  • "Hours were inconsistent for most team members" (in 1684 reviews)

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  1. "Love It Here!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier/Self Checkout/Guest Service/Cafe in Clackamas, OR
    Current Employee - Cashier/Self Checkout/Guest Service/Cafe in Clackamas, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The coworkers and job are great

    Cons

    Guests get angry when they don't get their way


  2. "Being a Team Member"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Backroom Expert in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Backroom Expert in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have a good work ethic, you will have great job security. They like warm bodies, especially ones that actually work.

    Cons

    Not much room to expand beyond your position or to get into management. Not sure I would want to seeing how much stress they deal with on a daily basis. Also, most training is a total joke.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your minions, some of them have some good ideas.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Challenging, Yet Frustrating"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Guest Experience in Clackamas, OR
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Guest Experience in Clackamas, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to manage a large team. You set customer service policy for the store. You consistently have to problem solve in a timely manner. This enhances your ability to think quickly and make sound decisions under pressure. The healthcare plan is great/very affordable. There's an opportunity for an annual bonus. You have the flexibility to alter your schedule to fit the needs of your business. You get a lot of control and autonomy when it comes to decisions within your department.

    Cons

    The expectation is that you work 10 hours, 5 days a week. These shifts become 12-14 shifts on a regular basis. No one forces you to stay that long. But you make yourself work those long shifts to achieve success. This comes from inadequate payroll resources. Target gives you about 80% of the payroll need to succeed. You need to use your skills to make up the difference. In my opinion, 90% would be acceptable. Aside from your assistant managers, the caliber of talent you manage is fairly low. They get paid near minimum wage. You need all your employees to perform at a high level to be successful. It can be very challenging getting your team to that level.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to give opportunities to procure additional payroll. Possibly submitting a plan and explanation for why more resources are needed. I understand that Target is a major corporation that needs to control expenses. I'm firmly behind the direction the company is heading. However, I need adequate resources to execute the vision of the company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You meet some great coworkers
    Interactions with guests can be rewording
    Discount is okay
    Offer sick pay

    Cons

    Too many changes
    Being told multiple things from different people on correct ways to handle situations
    Upper management doesn't really care (fake nice)
    Communication isn't very good between departments
    Hours are all over the place unless you demand a set schedule, but even then you could have issues with the HR department because they want you to be available on certain days (like weekends)
    Really hard to work around a schedule with the HR department if you have a second job
    When the higher up executives visit the store, sales associates are encourages to keep the peace and not go in fully or let them know how terrible the new changes are working etc.
    Low pay
    No benefits unless they give you full 40 hours a week, which they will do everything they can to not give you, like scheduling you 39.5 hours a week unless you're higher up.
    Expectations are extremely high for a low paying retail position

    Advice to Management

    Just don't listen to people's complaints, do something about it.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible Hours,"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Team Leader, Sales Floor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Team Leader, Sales Floor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, accommodating HR, fast pace

    Cons

    Poor pay, no room for growth: this is a company that plays the popularity game

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring first time college grads with no work experience, they usually leave within a year and creates an unstable work environment


  6. "Too cliquey and rather unprofessional, but it's retail so what do you expect?"

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    Former Employee - Hardlines Team Member in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Hardlines Team Member in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There aren't many pros to working at Target. After all, it's a retail environment. It is probably better than many retail environments, though some probably don't have the cons of Target. Generally managers are good about scheduling even if you don't know long in advance what you will be working and that could vary by store.

    Cons

    Store culture is very high-school "cliquey" and if you don't fit in with their groups, it doesn't matter how hard you work. Promotions are made based on how good you are at socializing with these high school cliques, no matter how hard you work or your credentials. They have "huddles" every day, which have a very high-school feel to them as well. Managers pull people away from their work to basically give compliments to other employees, which tend to be rather superficial, followed by a joint group clap and "Go Team!" chant. If you spend more time than a manager might like while you're zoning (which is all you do all day in hardlines), making sure everything looks good, you may get reprimanded for taking too long even if it's necessary to ensure straightened shelves. Store discount isn't helpful, because you can't use your own card. You have to sign up for a store RedCard to do so, risking your credit and adding another unnecessary credit card. Overall feeling is very superficial, with managers and employees alike handing out superficial comments and gratitude, none of which sound or seem to really be sincere. With no actions to back up the compliments, and a general lack of caring for the welfare of employees, the superficial nature is supported.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees' welfare as it can affect how they perform at work. Be less superficial about comments and gratitude and more sincere, and support it with actions that show thanks for employees. Encourage hard work by lessening the cliquey culture and making it more a professional work environment, which I realize is difficult in retail.


  7. "Ups and Downs"

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    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Leader in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Team Leader in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun inclusive environment - everyday is different and presents new day-to-day problem solving opportunities to challenge creative thinking with existing resources.

    Cons

    Little room for growth - upper management is only concerned about retail operations and not personal career movements. Management relies on team leaders to resolve difficult problems - sometimes role conflict with what you're role actually entitles versus what you're actually doing on a day-to-day basis.

  8. "Excellent Management, Company Values"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great, positive atmosphere. Managers want you to succeed and move up

    Cons

    Can be very repetitive, sometimes heavy pressure to make sales


  9. "Not Terrible"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Cashier in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Easy to keep track of important timelines, Great team environment.

    Cons

    Hectic scheduling, High traffic times often understaffed, Management is slightly fleeting or stagnant..

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the little guys.


  10. "A good place to work while in school"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Student in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of early morning hours to accommodate afternoon and evening classes.
    Some of the management understand this is only a temporary job for you, and will always prioritize school for you.

    Cons

    Some of the management act as if Target is the end-of-the-road and expect you to put Target above all other priorities, even going so far as to ask you to skip a class to stay longer.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that Target is a stepping stone for a lot of people, work with them and their schedule, and they will in turn put more effort out for the company.


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