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December 16, 2019 - NeverGoingBack

A Tiny Glimpse Into Target’s ‘Leadership’

Here’s a little anecdote about some of the training I took upon being ‘promoted’ to my totally real and not at all it’s-temporary-but-don’t-tell-him-that team lead position.  So I was in the office knocking out a bunch of the online training modules – which by the way were about all the training I actually received; I literally had maybe 90 minutes total of in-person training for two different TL positions – when I stumbled upon an absolute gem of a question.  It’s been well over a year now, so I don’t remember the exact wording and will have to paraphrase.  Still, I think even the gist of question (or more precisely, the answer) is plenty ‘are you fucking joking?’.

The question was something to the effect of:  Your boss tells you and your team to implement a new procedure, different from the way things have been done before.  After several weeks of following this new procedure, it doesn’t seem to be working out.  What do you do?  It then asked the reader to select the best of four available answers.  I forget one of the four entirely, but it was a wrong answer and not important.  The remaining three (paraphrased) answers were as follows:

A.)  Confront your boss publicly and tell them the new procedure is a terrible idea.

B.)  Speak to your boss privately about concerns you have about the efficiency and effectiveness of the new procedure, and try to work together to improve it.

C.)  Say nothing and continue to follow the new procedure, even though you know it doesn’t work.

Of course, the correct answer for any sane, logical human being is obviously B.  But, in TargetLand, that’s wrong.  In TargetLand, the answer is C.  Let that really sink in for a moment.  And remember, this wasn’t a specific manager at my store telling me this.  This was part of their official training, their official introduction into Target Leadership Culture, essentially flat-out stating that if you see something that doesn’t work… you keep your mouth shut.  Because management damn sure doesn’t want to hear about it.

Granted it was only a single question, but it really fits with my observations (both as a TM and later as a TL) of the leadership at my store.  It’s a culture based around not questioning the person above you, because if you do, it’s clearly because you’re challenging their authority.  It’s certainly not because you want to, oh I don’t know, do your job to the best of your ability.  It’s not because you honestly believe you can help make improvements to your department or your team.  It’s not because you can see the long term failure of these policies, and you’re desperately trying to fix them before everything goes completely off the rails.  No, it’s definitely the challenging authority thing.  And Target management (certainly at my store, and probably at many others judging by the posts on this site) is full of insecure children who absolutely cannot handle a perceived challenge to their authority.


Employee Experience / TargetSucks


  • Donotworkattarshit says:

    Yes confronting leadership is fucking useless.

  • aussie93 says:

    I’m not at all surprised by that.

  • Ex_Bullseye_Slave says:

    You are not entitled to an opinion at Tarshit!

  • CashieringSucks says:

    I hate the fake @$$ holidays. Rude @$$ Customers. Childish Employees. Stupid Team Leads. Customers are NOT always Right. If I ever leave I'm making a UTube video. I just want to scream some times. We don't get paid enough. I wish We could have a Freaky Friday U acted up and I can cuss U the F*** out.

  • alekchoban says:

    It's totally like this. Went through HR about being harrassed and ganged up on by my fellow team members. Was doing this for over a year and things never got better. In fact, it got worse. Now everyone was picking on me. Eventually management started to join in and I just stopped going to HR when anything happened. HR is more to belittle you further than to help you. Because at the end of the day, all they want you to do is take the abuse and say nothing because at Target you deserve the abuse.

  • alekchoban says:

    The company is a flat out big joke.

  • Silverfox says:

    No wonder they died in Canada.

    • Bombcar says:

      Canada was a bad idea start to finish.

      • Silverfox says:

        They could have succeeded. The bay gave them an opening because they needed funds to take on Loblaws who had bought Holts. But nooo, they had to think they were the best and when SAP was broken? They ignored it and kept going despite past lessons a broken logistics doesn't bode well

  • Silverfox says:

    That would also explain the data breach.


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