What's the company culture at Target?

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Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at Target?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at Target?

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Slag in Columbia, Maryland

122 months ago

Target grades you "red yellow or green" on everything from the initial psych exam to job performance.

This is not a company to work for if you're a decision maker and/or risk taker. Everything is planned. And, as above, your ability to follow the plan is graded red, yellow or green.

Growth opportunities?

Yes. But the corporate culture is so hyped it remains difficult to take it seriously-particularly if hourly turnover hangs in around 80%...my experience.

Final opinion: Spare yourself the hype...find a company that has more substantial reasons to be impressed with itself

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amyhaun in Maryville, Tennessee

116 months ago

I am a current team leader I am a GSTL
I have worked with here for the pat 5 years.
The culture is supposed to be Fast Fun and Friendly.
I have found that you are expected to run 90 miles an hour the entire shift. You are given allot of work and no time to do it. I think that this overall is a good company to work for.
But the employees are not given the chance to make any changes, You are expectd to follow what ever HQ wants first and ask questions later. (conform then challange)
Although even when you confrm first you are often not given a chance to challange.
Target often does make changes and does not inform those that need to know untell you have a visit from the distrect team lead. I have found my self looking like a deer caught in the headlights many times.
My oppinion is if you are new to the management fieal and need allot of direction then Target is a good place to start. But for those that would like to be given a little more freedom to take risks then they should not work for Target

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Backroom Guy in Rockland, Maine

69 months ago

I was a Backroom Team Member for about 3 months over the summer. Thats about all I could take working for this company. First off, the store management was the biggest group of back-stabbers I have ever come across. They would say one thing, and then do another. They never listened and were incredibly sensitive to suggestions. If you even hinted at possibly doing anything different then the exact textbook way, you go black-listed. They would go out of their way to make your life miserable, and would constantly stick you with the worst jobs. The turnover rate was outrageously high because of this. In the 3 months I worked here, 4 people left. I talked to my Team Lead and he told me that turnover rate is about normal. Thats of a backroom staff of about 16. So 25% of your employees leave every 3-4 months?

We were also constantly under-staffed in the back-room. We never had enough man-power to get done what management wanted, but yet it was somehow always our fault. Management always spun it as the lazy back-room workers not getting enough done, despite the fact we had only 3 guys doing a job that should be done by 5-6.

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WorkingHardInNJ in Milltown, New Jersey

30 months ago

This has to be the worst experience working in retail that I have ever had. I have been with Target for over a year now and my treatment as an employee has gotten worse, not better, the longer I am here. When I was hired, I was asked if I was interested in full time hours and if I was interested in moving up in the company. I said yes to both and am no closer to either. I struggle to get close to even 30 hours a week at work and many weeks I agree to come in on my day off (because they ask at the last minute, realizing that once again not enough employees have been scheduled), putting me at a 6 day work week, just to get more than the 17-24 hours I was initially scheduled. I am cross-trained in other areas of the store, which is what employees are told to do in order to pick up hours, and yet I still struggle week after week for hours. And every time I do manage to get over 30 hours, the next week my hours are drastically cut again to keep me under the average amount of hours necessary to qualify for benefits. Target covers it's ass by hiring too many new and seasonal employees and then stating that the hours are not available. I know that T1152 though has an abundance of unused hours that if they remain unused, the store team lead receives a bonus. So while most employees are only making minimum wage, the inexperienced and clueless executives and team leads are making close to $15/hour (team leads) or between $50,000 and over $100,000/year (executives) and then they receive a bonus on top of that. The fact that Target requires nothing more than a college degree to become an executive team lead is why morale is so low among the experienced Team Members who could run the store more efficiently and effectively then any inexperienced, just out of college, kid who has never worked before this job. In the past year I have seen over 20 employees, some with target for more than 15 years, quit and find employment elsewhere because of the shadey and unfair practices at targe

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rharor in Waterloo, Ontario

28 months ago

Host said: Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at Target?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at Target?

Lousy Target Employees youtu.be/bD6j6GD4sfg am I right?

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kahuluitruth in Kahului, Hawaii

22 months ago

The leadership(?) Team play favorites and abuse workers. I was NEVER even allowed to work in the area I was hired for. Their method of unloading trucks is abusive and UNSAFE. When stocking shelves a "BULLY" walks around like a plantation overseer'er shouting at the worked, "FASTER, FASTER, FASTER!!! HURRY UP. WE SHOULD BE DONE HERE" and accuses workers of "STANDING AROUND" (when everyone is HUSTLING). You can literally "SPEED WALK" your entire shift and still be accused by the oversee'er and Management of "DOGGING IT". Additionally, there is not enough (electronic) equipment needed to get the job done efficiently and they blame the workers for not being FAST Enough. Terrible work environment. They do not even honor Doctors notes. Do NOT apply for work at Target Kahului. (I won't even shop there!!!))

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kahuluitruth in Kahului, Hawaii

22 months ago

The Leadership(?) Team play favorites and abuse workers. I was NEVER even allowed to work in the area I was hired for. Their method of unloading trucks is abusive and UNSAFE. When stocking shelves a "BULLY" walks around like a plantation overseer'er shouting at the workers, "FASTER, FASTER, FASTER!!! HURRY UP. WE SHOULD BE DONE HERE" and accuses workers of "STANDING AROUND" (when everyone is HUSTLING). You can literally "SPEED WALK" your entire shift and still be accused by the oversee'er and Management of "DOGGING IT". Additionally, there is not enough (electronic) equipment needed to get the job done efficiently and they blame the workers for not being FAST Enough. Terrible work environment. They do not even honor Doctors notes. Do NOT apply for work at Target Kahului. (I won't even shop there!!!))

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Juliet in Keller, Texas

18 months ago

The reason you mostly see bad things on here is because a disgruntled employee will complain to anyone who will listen about the problems with the company, but a happy employee with not even thing to tell anyone. (Also, unhappy employees tend to exaggerate when they tell others, to get more sympathy.)

I've worked at Target for a few years and it's really not as bad as it seems. But the thing is it all depends on the store. When I first started, I was at, lets call it, Store #1. The management wasn't great, but it wasn't as bad as these people are saying it is. When I transferred to a different store, Store #2, I have loved it here. Now, granted, I know I am no ones favorite, and most of the upper management doesn't like me, but the beautiful thing is they don't have to. They can talk behind my back if they want. Some people will treat life like high school and that is no way to go.

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AnitaJOB

18 months ago

While I appreciate that some employees don't mind the para military/lucky to have a job mentality-I think its evil. This is 2015 now and target acts like they are running sweatshops in america. Their behavior is wrong. I cannot believe they are allowed to show anti Union videos, and have confidential chat sessions which are nothing more than glorified witch hunts to discover who is not marching with company. They were cruel to me. No exaggeration. I know they gave me soda and cookies but at what cost. They are nothing more than glorified and sanitized bro nazis. I mean no disrespect to the nazis. I am sorry for those who have been hurt by them. They had no right. Take care it's only my opinion.

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