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Updated August 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be difficult (in 1396 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "By Retail Standards, a Pretty Good Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Team Member in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's easy to get time off, and they do a great job of respecting your availability. The pay tends to be a bit better than most retail chains. Plus the leadership doesn't micromanage people to death and does a pretty good job of recognizing/appreciating hard workers, which a lot of retail chains struggle with (this is coming from someone who has worked at two different Targets).

    Cons

    Mostly technology issues. They have two different devices employees can use to create/print signs, locate products, backstock, etc. yet each of these devices can only do certain tasks, so if you want to be prepared for anything you need both. Problem is they are usually out of one or both in their equipment room. They are usually out of walkies too, which leads to communication issues. Also the software they use to print signs is pathetic. These problems can compound during a workday to make things less productive than they could be, and more frustrating. Otherwise the only negative thing is that the leadership will constantly haggle you to try and sell Redcards.

    Advice to Management

    You do a great job overall. Only thing I would change is recognize that many guests don't want to be so heavily pressured to buy Redcards. I know you have a daily quota you want to meet but it's no good if we scare all the guests away in the process! Also, for those who work at Super Targets, maybe take the produce department a bit more seriously. At both Targets I worked at the leadership usually didn't know what was going on there and would often understaff it. I think this is a massive oversight, since consistently having a clean, organized, well-stocked produce department will give guests a good first impression when they walk in and make recurring guests more happy, since they won't feel like they have to go to a grocery store to get decent produce.


  2. "sales associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Target full-time

    Pros

    great team members .

    Cons

    bosses, long hours, pay isnt the best

  3. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Target part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and family like environment

    Cons

    Can't move up or down on pay grade


  4. "Good Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Target full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, casual dress, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Going through massive role changes.

    Advice to Management

    Create clearer career mapping post transformation


  5. "It’s a good first job and for anyone looking to make extra money"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Guest Service Attendant in Riverdale, NJ
    Current Employee - Guest Service Attendant in Riverdale, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment
    Great ethics and morals
    Great pay
    Decent discount
    Tons of perks
    Easy to cross train
    A lot of movement

    Cons

    Management gives in to customers too much
    Retail
    The guests
    RedCard
    A lot of drama
    Strict with overtime
    Hours aren’t the best

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the lower managers and team members more


  6. "Solid Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Target full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, day goes by fast

    Cons

    Pay and lack of opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunity for growth


  7. "Assistant Manager/ETL Guest Experience"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager/ETL Guest Experience in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager/ETL Guest Experience in Pembroke Pines, FL

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

    Pros

    Great Culture
    Encourage Innovators
    Performance based promotions

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain work life balance
    Have to work every other weekend

  8. "Amazing Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company allows student right out of college to be full time managers and own their own department. Really want you to grow and help you succeed!

    Cons

    Work like balance is not the best. Work 50 hours minimum is required but I work 55-65 and more during holiday's


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Store Leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader Sales Floor/Guest Experience in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader Sales Floor/Guest Experience in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great work environment, fun culture, team focused.
    -Dependant upon your STL, you have a lot of freedom to be your own business owner. As an ETL you're in charge and run a group of team leaders and their team members. It's your responsibility to make decisions and take complete ownership.
    - What drives me to come to work everyday is my team. Once you develop and establish your team there is a sense of family.
    -I personally love to develop, train, and coach my team. As their ETL, I am responsible for their growth and guidance.
    - The pay is fantastic. I was hired directly out of college as a Sr. Team Leader making $18/hr and within 5 years increased $50k as an ETL, essentially $10k/year increase. If you perform you'll be compensated well.
    -Not only does Target pay well, their overall compensation package is great! Benefits, discounts, incentives, etc!
    -Target's leadership training is phenomenal. As an ETL you'll go through "business college" for 6 weeks, then in role will go through various training seminars, and leadership classes. Target is very passionate about their leaders and their development.

    Cons

    -Specifically as a Sales Floor/Guest Experience ETL you are responsible for essentially every department in the store apart from Logistics (Front end, Food Ave, Starbucks, Hardlines, Softlines, Consumables, Visual Merchandising, Electronics, Seasonal). It will be extremely overwhelming and tough to manage and have successful "Green" running workcenters if you don't have solid Team Leaders in those specific workcenters. The company, over the past few years, has consolidated store leadership positions (Team leader and ETL). A store's leadership organizational chart is based on volume. The store would run a lot smoother and it would be a lot less stressful if they were additional ETL's or TL's above high capacity workcenters.
    -You'll work long hours, especially during the holidays and if you're store/workcenter are broken. The long hours will get to you and could break you if you don't see results overtime. You will get burnt out. The key, as an ETL, is to manage your TL's well, not to take on everything yourself. You'll fail.
    -Not only are they eliminating leadership positions in stores, they are also condensing district and group level positions. Because of this there are less opportunities for leaders in stores to move into a district/group role. There isn't as much advancement upwards once you're in stores. Groups made up of 7 districts are now condensed to 4 districts, eliminating BP (Business Partner) roles and DTL roles. This is obviously a great way to cut major costs, but as a leader in the store looking to advanced out you'll have to be patient and potentially be willing to relocate.
    -Like most companies, in my experience, Target plays favoritism and politics to an extent.
    - Due to difficulties making financial goals as a company Target has been cutting back on spending budgets in stores, one specifically being Team Builds! Team builds were a time for ETL's and STL's to go out together outside of work and socialize. It was a great team building opportunity, but now those are eliminated :(
    - District level expectations at times can be unrealistic. It seems District and Group leaders who have been out of store for years forget the struggles and obstacles stores face.

    Advice to Management

    - District and Group leaders- don't be so quick to conclusions dealing with anything. Problem solve and investigate more to see what are the root causes of issues as opposed to jumping to conclusions and making a decision.
    - With that being said ^^^ If a TL or ETL is underperforming do your due deligence and work with the STL to find out why. Don't assume and make up your mind that the particular leader needs to be coached out and that they'll never improve. Target senior leadership has a tendency to identify low problem performing leaders and be deligent on terminating them through performance management, no questions asked, even if there is some improvement. It's almost as if they identify you as a low performing leader, that is the end for you, no salvation. They have made up their mind.
    - Do not put newly hired recent college grads into complex ETL roles such as Logistics or Sales Floor/GE. You'll burn those kiddies out! Not to mention store processes are in the hands of some 22 year old whose priorities a few months ago were going to bars and doing keg stands. Invest and pay a little more for experienced ETL's for these roles. Turnover won't be so high.
    - Keep it "100"


  10. "Cashier"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

    I worked at Target (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Well- Environment
    Great sales

    Cons

    Costumer service
    Employees
    Hours
    Rude Costumers


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