I worked at Target full-time (More than 10 years)
Community giving philosophy and involvement. Company sales are turning around. Clean, organized stores. Strong brand recognition.
Low morale at Headquarters due to Canada business failure and reorganizations leading to layoffs of 2,000+ people so far. More work to do for those employees "left behind".
I worked at Target full-time (More than 3 years)
The salaries are fair, and they allow for telecommuting and flexible work options. This is immensely helpful for those in TTS, for example, who don't live near the north campus. They are also highly collaborative, and promote coffee status meetings away from the office. This is a helpful to break to the day, considering the amount of work that is piled on each person's shoulders following the layoffs that occur year after year. Coffee statuses provide ample time for schmoozing with the right people and making the right connections, instead of doing actual work, because that's how people get ahead there.
Target does not reward based on performance. People are promoted through masterful socializing and playing favorites. I have seen a lot of exceptional team members walk out the door because of what has been termed the 'turn and burn'. Anyone other than a cut-throat Type-A will spend their career at Target looking over their shoulder, while his or her manager takes credit for their work. If a manager hates someone, they won't be going anywhere. An individual's future is in their manager's hands, though they (Target) will adamantly disagree. A team member can't apply for a different position unless his or her manager gives their blessing, and each manager speaks with any potential new manager to brief them on said individual, meaning that if they hate someone, they'll make sure any future manager does too. Other things to note: their benefits, such as maternity and paternity leave (there is no paternity leave, btw) are absolutely horrible. There are something like 6 paid days off per year, though that doesn't mean you'll actually get to take the day off.
Advice to Management
If you're a Target manager who recognizes the problem (I know lots of you), start looking for a new job before you make any waves. If your team is dropping like flies, you may want to evaluate whether you're doing your own work, or taking credit for theirs, and also what kind of environment and dynamic is on your team. Any Target manager reading this who isn't riddled with anxiety on a daily basis probably won't listen to advice anyway, as they most likely got where they are by playing the game. Best of luck; don't leave, you probably won't thrive in a company with ethics.
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