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Updated August 27, 2017
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  • Long Hours can impact work life balance (in 1417 reviews)

  • Hours tend to fluctuate for regular team members (in 1503 reviews)

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  1. "Challenging"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy over department. Great team dynamics. Do well and you are treated well
    Ability to constantly stretch and grow
    Good pay

    Cons

    Too much change all at once, makes it difficult to solidify progress
    No clear assessment of team dynamic over talent with executive management

    Advice to Management

    Be forthcoming with information as early as possible to confirm buy in. When changes occur with a week it's hard to scrambled to make it happen effectively.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not My Kind Of Team"

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    Current Employee - Target Express Team Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Target Express Team Lead in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Target can be a great retail company for many to grow and develop, but it very much depends on the specific store and district. The pay and benefits are reasonably attractive, there's always someone with the knowledge and experience to provide the support/answers/mentorship you need (IF you take the initiative to seek it), and some of its entry level roles really offer the cross-training and responsibility to foster a "business owner" mentality. Target embraces diversity and is true to its "Fast, Fun, and Friendly" motto, but it makes for a very shallow social kind of unity/teamwork.

    Cons

    Your success hinges upon others, and there is often great disparity in talent across the team. The most key player is the STL when it comes to setting standards and culture, but the most successful STLs are authoritarian/managerial rather than charismatic/inspiring. Most roles are very active and exhausting, and teams are perpetually behind in one way or another. Success requires a lot of energy, excellent time management, and a willingness to constantly challenge yourself and others. ETLs don't enjoy great work-life balance with 50+ hour weeks, especially during holiday season. At the end of the day, Target is challenging because it's a huge company with a ton of moving pieces trying to offer a lot to its guests. It has a lot of good strategies and resources in place to make it work, but it's a stressful environment for many personalities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest deeply in your STLs and HR teams. They are the heart of this company and lay the foundation of great teams. Though they should be expected to know the business and manage operations well, they also need time and space to connect more deeply with employees. At the end of the day, I am a model employee who won't stay with the company long, because I've been strung along by false hope of promotion and am not given the opportunity to meaningfully connect with others.

  3. "Direct care professional"

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    Current Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    14 days paid vacation leave, friendly co workers and manager

    Cons

    Don't get vacation in December

    Advice to Management

    Excellent company to work for


  4. "Friend"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Cashier in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    A comfortable environment and will pay on time

    Cons

    I don't kmow you have to see for yourself

    Advice to Management

    You are great


  5. "Very hard to get out of the store"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, best pay in retail, room for growth

    Cons

    Experience depends on STL. If you have a lunatic running things your life is a living hell and it's almost impossible to be transferred to another store

    Advice to Management

    Stop being sticklers for some rules but not all. People below to the company, not stores. Management is selfish trying to do whats best for them not for their team and the company. STOP changing compensation terms like 18 month rotations, no pay increases with moves and stop BS politics in the district.


  6. "Good company but limited advancement opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really like my coworkers and managers. At my store, the team works well together and the managers are good at giving constructive and timely feedback on your work. When I was going to school, my managers were very flexible with my work schedule.

    Cons

    It is a long and difficult process for internal candidates to get promoted to upper store management. They make their best and most qualified internals jump through hoops to even get promoted to a Team Leader position, even if they have a degree, and then they'll turn around and hire fresh college graduates with little to no job experience as ETLs. If you're interested in being an ETL with Target, I would recommend waiting until you already have a degree and can apply directly for ETL positions.

    Advice to Management

    In most cases, your internal candidates with college degrees are more qualified and prepared to be ETLs than external candidates. Don't string them along with promises of Team Leader positions that they are actually overqualified for.


  7. "Executive Team Leader - Guest Experience"

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    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Guest Experience in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader - Guest Experience in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - corporate culture
    - good benefits
    - decent starting salary

    Cons

    - training is inadequate
    - in-store culture is damaged by the restrictions imposed on team leads without a college education (i.e. they can't move up to ETL)
    - my region was run almost exclusively by former military

    Advice to Management

    Learning how the store operates is important, it should be taught in depth to ETLs instead of relying on their "college student charisma" and "ability to demonstrate leadership".

  8. "Pharmacy Tech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours and well known benefits

    Cons

    not enough pay to live around the area


  9. "Target"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Target (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is nothing good to say

    Cons

    At the target in largo you do not want to work there at all very unorganized and all.


  10. "Fast paced, great benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Target ETL Logistics in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Target ETL Logistics in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can be a great place to work with excellent benefits. Especially for the management level employee. With a degree there is advancement opportunity.

    Cons

    Tuff to maintain a work life balance. If your not interested in working towards a promotion there isn't a lot of room for satisfied in position.

    Advice to Management

    Just because people are good at the social side doesn't mean they are good at their jods.


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