I am a recent hire of Target. I’ve been to this site several times, mostly to prepare myself for the possibilities ahead, but I don’t think I was prepared for what happened today. Today was my “orientation”, if you can call it that. I arrived, and I was carted into the office area with my other fellow hires. I was sat at a table, asked to sign a whole SLEW of paperwork that I barely had time to read (none of it tax related, might I add… don’t employers usually make you fill out W-4’s?) then the orientation leader, who will remain nameless not because I don’t want to give myself away, but BECAUSE HE NEVER TOLD IT TO US IN THE FIRST PLACE, turned on a DVD powerpoint thing. He then handed ME the remote, told me to click OK to move it forward, and LEFT. HE LEFT THE ROOM FOR AN HOUR, leaving us to watch the safety videos and go through the powerpoint slides in silence. There was no discussion. No question time. No nothing. After the powerpoint he gave us probably the most half-assed store tour on record, and just like that we were told to go home. Never have I been to a more soulless orientation. Never have I started work at a place knowing so little about it.
About 8 years ago I started working at Target and went back to school, because I wanted to be an ETL. Yeah, I wasn’t aiming too high in life, so let me explain where I was coming from when I made that decision. I was on my last few years of my Army contract when I started working at Target. The Army can be a bit stressful at times believe it or not Yeah, backstocking a truck for 8 hours per day isn’t mentally stimulating and I know I could have done better, but it was stable and the easiest job ever. It was just nice to have an easy, laid back job. No getting rained on, no dumbass officers to deal with, and no deployments. Not paradise, but not bad either. I live a modest lifestyle and figured if I can get by just fine working here then why not go for ETL, so I could afford to do stuff like buy a nice house in a quiet neighborhood and have kids. Strike one happened when I found out that a college degree is required and the worst part is they don’t care what degree you get. It’s supposed to show dedication and commitment, but apparently military service isn’t good enough.
I’m a cashier. I get asked to stay late all the time due to call outs, and once every two weeks on my days off. I’m tired of the pressure from LODs to work outside of my schedule. My LOD asked me to stay an extra hour the other day after a 8 hour shift, I said okay and it turned into 2 hours, right before I leave she’s like “there might be a shift from 9:30-7pm tomorrow for a callout you wanna come?” I wasn’t able to come but I get the feeling no one will care if I stay late it’s just the times I say no that are remembered. They have no regard if I am working an early shift the next day. If I close I feel pressured by one of the LODS who works nights to help the sales floor zone out of courtesy because they come up front if we’re busy if I work a closing shift. I’ve had a long day and want to go home, the sales floor helps out during work hours, so let me go zone during work hours and take me off the register for a short time like they do.
Idk if anyone here is a cashier but I am and it really sucks. So yesterday I was working from like 9:00 am to 5:30 and I was the only cashier they had scheduled until like 3:00 PM lol… nothing new there. Actually there was one other girl scheduled to cashier but she has a superiority complex and instead of cashiering on a regular register, she jus HAD to stay at guest service and ring people up there. She’s usually a GSA/GSTL but she’s horrible at her job because she always gossips and made this day A LOT harder than it had to be because she was basically at guest service doing nothing while I had a fucking huge line going all the way out to god knows where. Of course in the middle of this my register breaks, which happens like every single day at Target btw, so I had to move even though this lady had a ton of shit on the belt already, which I felt bad about but she was nice. So anyways, my patience was growing really thin, and then I start ringing up the rudest oldest woman I’ve ever dealt with and I’ve been working here for like 8 months. I’m a very sensitive person and I can’t stand when people are angry at me and every customer was angry because I was the only cashier like it was my fault. Well this lady was… idk… I can’t even explain… omg… she was just yelling at me and like mumbling and calling me names, embarrassing me in front of the 20 fking million people in line behind her.
God this is a horrible company to work for. I’ve been at this hellhole for a while now working primarily as cashier but closing guest service on the weekends. Is it just me or do people who close get locked inside the store when they are off and have to wait for an LOD to let them out? It happens I want to say atleast half the times I close and it’s the worst. Then you try and voice your concern and the baby faced LOD out of some shitty party school will give you some convulated answer to cover up her own retardedness. This is what primarily makes me want to leave. The manangement system at tarshit is one of the worst. What genius came up with the plan to hire recent college grads with no experience to run a giant retail store? Not just with etls, GSTLS at my store also seem to be promoted from the younger cashiers. We have one guy who made GSTL simply because he pushes redcards out of every orifice of his body. This guy will push and push redcards on anyone, I’ve personally seen this asshole try and trick a teenager buying some reeeses into applying for a redcard. Like forreal man? You’re going to ruin this kids credit man so he can save 5 cents? What a piece of shit. Anyway I’m done with the rant and wanted to ask you guys the best ways to quit
The article also mentioned another 170 jobs being cut off in its technological operations location in Bangalore, India. Hmm, do you guys think that this could be a sign of things to come amongst other things? Is all of this a sign that Tarshit is on the verge of becoming a failing company (or already is)? Are people starting to understand that this company does so many things wrong and very few things right?
Note that this legit is not happening to me but is happening to a co-worker of mine instead. Years ago my co-worker had the Target Redcard (the credit card one) and defaulted on it before they ever became a Target employee. They were having financial troubles at the time thanks to the housing market crisis that took place across the good ol’ USA (thanks banks for screwing the little man over yet again with that [whole other topic however]!). So they defaulted on the red card and eventually the debt was paid off fully. Keyword being fully here, guys. A little more than a year ago this person became a Target employee. Not more than about 2 weeks ago now a letter was sent to the store regarding this default that took place years before they ever became an employee at Target. First red flag. Shouldn’t this kind of personal mail be sent to your home address and not your business’ address, even though it comes from the company at which you are an employee? The letter states that about 25% of his paychecks will be garnished to pay off this debt, which by the way was already paid off years before he ever became employed there. It also stated that if they want to refute the company’s actions or even the said debt itself, they must hire a private attorney.
Well I start my new job today after six months at target. All I gotta say is my ETL and Team Lead were very unprofessional and childish. I can’t wait to call corporate on them.
I’m sure this rotten company has made far more in false pricing of its products than they were made to give to prosecutors. May be Tarshit’s rotten practices of paying its employees unlivable wages and giving its spoiled guests what thy want at the registers is to compensate for their inability to charge proper prices. Let’s hope this company keeps getting bad press and loses so much money that they go out of business down the road. To those still stuck here: get out now while you can. There ARE always other options, you just gotta find them. Leave before this company screws you any further and if we’re lucky, before this boat sinks!
Just when you think Target has done it’s worst, they have stooped to new lows. Looks like they might be defrauding their suppliers. I say good riddance and don’t come back. And don’t let the door hit you on your way out but don’t touch anything and leave my stuff alone.
First the data breach, and now this.