December 7, 2014 - fuktarget
4.5 years a slave
So about six months ago I made my very first post to this site detailing the horrors of Target I’ve faced for the last four years. Four years of my life I will never get back, and I’ll be damned if I don’t regret it except for having met my girlfriend there. I’ve been free of Target for over a week now and I can’t begin to express how thankful I am to finally be done. Target wasn’t my first job; I knew how other companies outside of retail were generally. But Target was a slap in the face, a punch in the gut, and a kick in the balls. They will demand 110% productivity while paying you 40% of your value and not even think twice about it. Enjoy your 2.3% annual raises versus inflation (note that this number is with an excellent review). Simply put, the expectations there are ridiculous. I cannot understate that. THE EXPECTATIONS AT TARGET ARE RIDICULOUS.
I’m making significantly more money, in a far more laid-back environment, without crazy expectations, and certainly without some tyrant rampaging around the place making everyone’s life that much more miserable. That is when I remembered that this is how its supposed to be. I’m not supposed to have a dictator riding my ass, I’m not supposed to be miserable, and I’m supposed to be paid a liveable wage. I went to school while I worked at Target, and honestly that is the only excuse for staying there as an hourly employee. If you are working there and not actively trying to get out or better yourself; then you’re doing it wrong. Target will only continue to exist as it does if it keeps duping young, hard working, and responsible people in to filling its slave-ranks. So if you’re applying to Target, know what you are doing. Know that 98% of ETLs are worthless, know that 99% of STLs are comparable to Mussolini, and don’t take your coworkers lack-luster attitudes personally. After all, they are working at Target.