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Target experience report

  • 15.Mar 2017
  • Employee

Pretending is everything

3.56

Company Culture

Overly optimistic with a nauseating after taste of fake enthusiasm.

Support from management

Constant communication about nothing. It's like they think everyone that works for them are as invested as the owners. Like we are a baseball team or something trying to win. They make goals and set expectations completely without reality in mind. The managers are so tired from working themselves to death due to labor cuts they just can't be everywhere at once.

Teamwork

Everyone is pretty much on board with helping one another. Despite some cases of lack of motivation, at the very least they help each other so that their work 'friends' don't have a shittier job. It's kinda like mutually trying to make each others job easier.

Freedom to work independently

Half the communication in the building is micro managing everyone. Despite the constant second guessing, the management actually does try to let the employees do things on their own. But since it has to be to Mr. Target's specifications, you are always under the microscope.

Internal Communication

It would be a 5 star. However, despite the fact that communication never stops, and it's like an endless stream of situation updates, it's just too much. They tell us stuff that we have no reason to care about on our level. So much noise of information that what we need to know gets lost and buried under all this corporate bureaucracy and sales elitism.

Gender Equality

Men and women in management. It's much easier for women to be promoted. It's kinda like they just open the door and say, "I think I want a promotion." And then they are promoted. Men seem to have to meet requirements and prove they are capable of the job.

Attitude towards older colleagues

They are. Despite that older employees have much harder time completing tasks and keeping up with workloads, target is understanding about this and doesn't hold it against them.

Career Development

They pretend to promote career development. It depends on if the management likes you personally. You either struggle or just ask for a promotion and they hand it to you. There is no proactive training. If you get a promotion they let you figure it out at your own pace. There is no requirement to actually have any idea how to do your job before you are promoted. Unless they don't like you, then you need to jump through every flaming hoop there is.

Overall compensation for your work

I am quite happy with my pay for my work.

Office / Work Environment

Everything is pretty much great. Clean, as organized as possible, and generally well fitted. The environment is comfortable and spacious.

Environmental Friendliness

Strong recycling initiative.

Work-Life Balance

They want you to only work one job, TARGET. If you try to have another job your hours go down the crapper. they don't like to work around your life in your schedules. And if you don't take extra shifts, they become passive aggressive about you having a life. They even do this for you taking your breaks. They make you feel guilty for not devoting your entire life to them.

Company Image

It's seen as a nice place to work. They do actually try to help their guests and are very insistent on smiling all the damn time. Like, I get it, but it feels like I've been lobotomized sometimes. I just have to smile and be happy regardless of any outside stimulus. Like a happy zombie.

Job Security

The hours fluctuate so drastically that it almost feels dangerous to continue working here. If you are an adult and need a full time job to survive, either get into management or leave target now.

Handicapped Accessibility

Everything is flat, theres one floor... we have handicap parking and a bathroom?

Workplace Safety

Oh my. I cant explain to you how man instructional videos, lectures, 'training sessions' and casual reminders we get about safety. It almost feels like we are toddlers in a construction area.

Challenging Work

It is unreasonably difficult during the holidays and back to school seasons. Other then that this job is a cake walk. There is nothing rewarding about performing this job. You don't create anything, you don't really provide much of a service. At best you are a cog in a machine devoted to human consumption. I guess it's nice helping people now and then, but you get as many people who are grateful, as you do people who think you are a service animal.

Inclusive / Diverse

Diversity in people and opinions generally. Though the bottom line is always targets policies.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Recognize potential candidates for promotion and cultivate them. Do not wait for any body to ask for a promotion and then promote them regardless of ability. 30 minutes of training in a field of work is not enough to master it. Either don't require that candidates train in every field, or require them to actually work in the areas for more then half an hour.

What I like about the company

They at least pretend to care. It's nice because most other places will dump on you without a smile. And Target pays well.

What I dislike about the company

The fluctuating hours. I could drink the kool-aid and be happy performing any and all tasks and genuinely enjoy my job, if hours weren't a constant threat to my life's stability.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    TARGET STORES, INC.
  • City
    Mentor
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Distribution/sales

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered