OK. So by now everyone knows that the Neiman Marcus/Target coupling was an epic fail.
At least corporate got smart and dumped the ugly ass stuff when it was at 70% off and didn’t go 90%.
Of course if you bought it you can’t return it, but hey at least you can brag you bought your daughter the ugliest bicycle on the planet for $150 instead of $400. (She’d probably be less mortified and teased on a banana seat.)
The question is, how will this multi-million dollar flop hurt employees?
At least where I am they didn’t salvage the stuff by “best practice” (english: throw out). So you will probably see some homeless woman running around in a designer dress and local drunk man in a Navy blazer. LOL.
Thoughts, fears, tales to tell already?
I so need to get out of there.
If there is one common thing throughout this site is that if you don’t fit a certain clique, style, cult, whatever — you are doomed.
HR, STLs, ETLs and TLs truly do Target team members. There are conversations about who “we need to get rid of.”
Pretty much if you’re not liked, you’re on the list. If you have personality, you’re on the list.
I had to tell HR “absolutely not, she generates more Red Cards than most of the staff,” when they tried to ear-mark a top performer for “counseling” or “coaching” because she has a out-going personality. So much for fast, fun and friendly.
Another one was let go, though improving and all, because the STL, HR, ETL and other TLs found her to be too outspoken and questioning. Despite all her texperience and knowledge we basically were told to “get rid of her.”
Another team member, unbeknownst to her, has been marked because, “she’s pregnant and will be leaving in a few months anyway.”
I have worked in some companies with questionable tactics but this is unbearable.
I was truly asked to come up with a list of team members to “get rid of.” Now I have to focus on “coaching” and “counseling” them to get them out. When I brought up an underperfoming favorite of the leadership, I was told no. When I rated a top performer as “Amazing” I was told I can’t do that because they hadn’t been there long enough, though another top performer who is well liked went through.
Get it — Target is the behaviors of management.
I can truly understand why so many employees just walk out.
When I accepted the job at Target I was completely excited.
I was hired as a lead and encouraged by the conversations during the interview process.
Several months later I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a cult. You have to learn “Target speak.” Everything has an acronym and is measured in Red, Yellow or Green. Should you not adhere to the cult rules you are either exiled (fired) or pushed to the point that your only hope is escape.
There is a reason that management is relatively young. It’s easy to manipulate inexperienced, immature people fresh out of college and mold them to believe you are the God of all retail and business.
The scariest thing, next to “you must learn Target speak,” that I was told by my ETL was, “you’ll do much better if you just drink the Kool-Aid.” Seriously!