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Posted 7/13/2012 by tania7424 in NSBR Board

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Posted: 7/13/2012 12:13:54 AM
Good? Bad? They're opening here starting Winter 2013 and openings are starting to post (store management and corporate).

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Posted: 7/13/2012 3:44:35 AM
I don't pretend to know much but about 15 years ago I had an interview at Target.

The 'manager' that did the interview looked to be about 18 (I was 40 something) and the halls and interview room were papered with Rah-rah team spirt stuff Considering what they were paying at the time was not much over minimum I was happy when they did not give me a call-back.

I consider myself a good employee but that 'team' stuff seems to work only one way. BTDT

Not much help but something to think about maybe

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Posted: 7/13/2012 4:22:30 AM
My sister works there and really likes it. She started last August. She had no retail experience at all but was willing to listen to her big Sis who spent 20yrs in retail management.
She went in willing to work any shift available which really impressed the store management(a lot of students = class schedules to work round). After she was hired she also let a lot of her coworkers know she needed more hours than she was getting scheduled so they call her first when they are sick. She has been promoted and awarded merit raises three times that I know of.

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Posted: 7/13/2012 10:19:16 PM
Store floor level or management/regional office level?

I don't have personal experience working for Target but:

Locally (hometown company) they have a pretty good rep for the way they treat employees as an overall company. I've always been interested in getting into corporate but it never happened. Politically there's been some flak for positions they've taken on various issues.

At the store level:
Like any store it will depend on the management team at the store manager level and at the shift leader level. It will depend on how you feel about working retail hours and retail pay.

If you have a responsive management team that understands they're hiring either first jobbers, students w/free-range schedules, those waiting for their 'real jobs' and those who need extra income, then you will probably have a nice store to work in. If their shift leads don't fall into 'clique' attitudes and have some leadership experience it can be a good experience.

With any sort of retail work, your attitude makes your workplace a good or bad place. You need to understand what you're getting into if you've never worked retail.

Overall, I would recommend them as good retail employers especially compared to the reputation of Target's main rival.

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