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(3)Dislikes(0)
As corporate retailers go, Target and Walmart are exactly the same – they treat their employees like beat-down dogs.
So I thought this was a job where we’re all adults just working for a paycheck but APPARENTLY its high school all over again. Actually, I didn’t even have this much drama in high school. So a GSTL calls me into her office this morning all cheerful and I’m thinking oh it’s about scheduling or training or being two minutes late or some bullshit. She makes me wait for her to get off the phone. Then goes “so I’ve recieved some negative feedback from other team members about you which I was surprised to hear.” I was devastated. The only thing I like about my job are the people I work with.
So I have an interview at target today for a seasonal job. After reading everything on here I’m not sure if I should go. I only want 20 hours Cuz I have a 3 month old and it’s hard to find a baby sitter. Will they give me that or do they just schedule any hours? I don’t plan on staying after the holidays. I just need some extra money. Should I go for it? I nervous that they will gives hours I can’t work.
I am pouring this from my heart. I started off as a naive worker WILLING and happily able to work, follow directions, and cooperate. That being said, I have put in SO SO much work throughout the years that I almost cry in retrospect at how ungrateful managment, co workers, and target as a corporation in general has “thanked” me for my years of service.
Just to give you an idea, I once willingly stayed THREE hours past my shift, just to finish setting a pog and literally perfecting it. My work ethics drove me to do such things, including being the DOOR GREETER (yes, during the holidays, our store would pick certain people to become door greeters; most employees threw a hissy fit and thus were exempt, but I decided to follow the “fast fun and friendly” ideal and accept (like I said I was very naive). I was always flexible towards any assignment given to me, or asked of me, or anything that needed to be done, I was always with the mindset of ” I have to finish this, I cannot go home until i do”
There’s so many reasons why I have started to hate Target.. They stress you out, work you like a slave, complain about payroll so fucking much that it’s nauseating, have unrealistic expections, make one person preform a 3 person job then preceed to question why it’s not done in their unrealistic timeframe. This is literally the first job where I have cried while at work and where I have gone to work while not feeling well then feel like I should have called out because of how shitty they made me feel. Last week I called out once cause I was sick and sadly still am then Friday I still was feeling shitty but still went in cause I didn’t want to make anyone’s day harder since they’d have to do my workload which is stocking electronics and backstocking which by the way is shit cause flow team at my store make one person stock and backstock but they say two people are doing it yet the other person has to leave at 8 so I call BULLSHIT.