Alright, children! Here’s the news: I was let go! Over something so simple (which I’m not mad about). I didn’t know I had work, yesterday, and did not call an LOD or GSA because I didn’t find out I had missed work until this morning. I never liked working there, anyway. The first managers from last year were always bugging me about redcards and one treated her coworkers and customers like they were idiots, and by the time they transferred and the store got new LODs and GSA (or whatever they are called), I was tired of being treated rudely by customers all because I simply asked them if they wanted a redcard, or when they forget some of their groceries and blame me for not telling them about it. Some of their problems have nothing to do with Target and it’s employees, and they brought their attitudes to me and my former coworkers. Another problem I always had with this store was that the cash registers never worked right. They would freeze in the middle of a transaction, and this year they would even shut down while I was scanning items.
I usually go to high end stores to shop even though I like Targets merchandise because of all the horror stories about how they treat employees. I witnessed this today in a CT store. I will not be more specific because I don’t want the employee to get in trouble for venting. First of all, as I was checking out, the cashier was rudely interrupted by the management staff. They told him “he was in trouble for calling in to say he’d be 15 min late.” In WHAT world do you get in trouble for calling in LATE one time. This is horrific. Secondly, he should have been spoken to in private. He told me he was not aware the rules had changed & that he would be in trouble for that. He told me “he wished he was dead since he got laid off in the recession and had to work at Target, & told me of some of the “rules,” that seemed more like slave labor mandates instead of “rules.”
Unlike any other store out there, I am followed by security when I enter my local target. This has been going on since 2009 so I rarely go. I get so frustrated because I have no idea why they do it and why they make it so obvious. I have never stolen anything in my life outside of a piece of gum off my cousin’s dresser when I was 5. I spend my money where I’m appreciated.
Target was my first job 15 years ago; I was 16 when I was hired. Minimum wage was $5 something, Target started at $6.00, $0.25 raise after you passed your first 90 days. If you were kept past 90 days you started accruing paid time off, had reasonable health coverage options as PT, and were eligible for cost of living increases plus your performance increase. I was hired for hardlines and had plenty of training: a day of onboarding (general policies, store orientation, safety videos) and two weeks of peer training. I had a designated trainer who I shadowed for all my shifts, with the exception of 1 cashier shift where I shadowed someone else to learn the registers for back up. Once I started college, I could take educational leaves and know my job was still there every summer, winter, and spring break. My STL trusted me and knew me by name, my ETL was great and really cared, and all my TLs were at least competent and fair if not more. I was there just shy of 5 calendar years, but it was ~3.5 yrs “work time (what counts for performance increases)” when you took out my leaves. I started at $6.00, and by the time I left was up to $9.45 just from increases, no promotion (at a time when minimum wage was up to $6.40). I truly loved my job.
Let me preface this by stating our store used to close at 10 pm. We now close at 11. Staying 2-3 hours late gets us clocked out sometimes at 1 am and on some occasions nearing 2 am. It was normal for us to have our zones completed by 11 in hardlines, but for some reason we are constantly being kept late and it gets blamed on softlines who they rarely have more than 2-3 people working ALL of softlines. Now we have low coverage in hardlines as well, but when the reshop is out of control on Saturday’s for example, there is little chance of it being completed by closing from the softlines people. The cashiers leave on time no matter what… but they use hardlines to help softlines and even when everything seems to be completed we are still kept additional hour(s). If I am scheduled from 3pm to 11:30 pm I think it should be reasonable to expect to leave by 12:00 am which is already 30 minutes past my shift. I sometimes have assignments that need turned in by the morning, but they really don’t care how much they screw our schedules up. I have even worked till 2 am and they knew I had to come in early for ad placement at 6 am but they said I had to show up or be fired. BLECH
I can’t state how many times we have closed till 1 or 2 am at our store, and have been scheduled to work a morning shift the following errrrrrrrrrrrr same day. I closed last Saturday where we do ad takedown, and we got out at nearly 2 am, then on Sunday I was scheduled for 6 am ad placement. I told the managers ahead of time that we would likely stay late, and if that was the case I would like to come in later on Sunday. They told me “There is no federal law for retail workers to have time in between their shifts, so you just have to deal with it and come in.” I expressed that I didn’t want to work without sleep and was told “You should be able to get a couple of hours rest before coming in.” which I think is a ridiculous response. Federal law or not, there should be a Target policy allowing time in between rest with shifts!!
It really is a joke how Target never gets “targeted” by the media for their low wage practices. They cut hours like morons because they don’t watch their payroll on closing shifts, then everyone has hours cut till they catch up (and ensure their bonuses) but they expect the same production rate. 8 hours of work done in 4 hours of an actual shift is common during weeks where hours are cut. They willingly take away hours, UNTIL they have them. Then when they have them, they overschedule people who signed up for part time hours. People who signed on for 25-30 hours cause they are students or have another job regularly get 10-15 extra hours when payroll is not an issue. They constantly deny schedule changes, as well as requests for days off, but yet when their payroll is lower they have no problem to cut anyone and everyone as they choose. All of these issues for such pathetic annual “raises”
This fat, fat fuck has only been here a couple weeks. Barely enough time to
piss on everyone to mark his new territory meet everyone. He’s already chewing out GSTLs and TLs for things that didn’t even happen while they were working. Yeah, I don’t make salary. I don’t have to give two shits about this place when I clock out. He made a GSTL cry (in front of everyone) right as she walked through the door after two days off for a promotion not being set up. He’s micro-managing the hell out of everyone. I REALLY want to say more, but don’t want to get into specifics about myself, because the fat fuck probably reads this shit. Likes(4)Dislikes(0)
I posted here shortly I essentially said f you to the store manager on November 1, 2013. I must say that almost a year later I am in a better place. I have since achieved my AA in accounting, am working at a government position (decent money, but at least it is a salary) and arguably the most important, have not stepped into that shithole I worked at a year ago. Target changed my life for the better. I learned that once you leave the cushy military life (at least for me it was), Target will make you humble, especially after seeing fellow co-workers suffer the same way you do. Working at this shit job made me appreciate life a little bit more. Now I am in pursuit of my BA and have a nice job. My advice: work for Target if you have a desire to be humble about life, then QUIT that bitch.
As corporate retailers go, Target and Walmart are exactly the same – they treat their employees like beat-down dogs.