March 16, 2018 - SaltySusan
Don’t work for Target. Yes, it’s THAT bad.
I’ve been working for Super Target for nearly a year, and the experience has been laughably atrocious.
I can’t think of anywhere else to go with this because if I talk to HR they’ll just cut my hours so low I’ll be forced to find another job( and I need the income or I’m out of a home, the job market in Florida is scarce, you get the idea) so here it goes.
To say that management is negligent is putting it lightly. I could go on about every single experience I’ve had that’s crossed the line, but no one would read that so here’s a good example.
During the aftermath of hurricane irma, super target stayed open. It is my belief that the only reason they didn’t have the store open DURING the hurricane is because they couldn’t get the doors to give because of all the water and fallen debris. But after they GRACIOUSLY waited an entire 24 hours for the water to recede, they decided to call all employees back to the store that had absolutely no power, and coincidentally, no AC. Not to just repair whatever damage ensued as a result of the hurricane, mind you, but to actually get back into sales. (never mind the fact that people hadn’t gotten back from evacuating or you know… had to make repairs to their homes )
While I wish I could say it was out of the kindness of their hearts, because hey the locals probably needed supplies, the working conditions were flat out terrible. It reached a high of 99 degrees in the store itself with no ventilation. They used the generators to fuel the cash registers and some of the lights, but that was all the power went to.
There were countless people that passed out and threw up on shift every single day, and granted they were allowed to go home without it being marked on their attendance ( probably because it was illegal to keep them there in the first place ) but that it got to that point is disgusting. The entire time they (management) made it very clear that everyone was obligated to be if they were scheduled, but could go home when they got dehydrated.
By the 5th day of no power and constantly working under those conditions, my entire body seized up. (literally)
Eventually enough phone calls went out to corporate that they sent someone over and that’s when the generators “conveniently” started fueling the AC. ( oh but we unfortunately lost power to a few registers )
Also I think it prudent to point out that I, a person with a chronic physical condition, have been told that it doesn’t matter if I have a doctors note or even if I’ve been to the emergency room, any and all absences get marked against me. Only medical leave, which … involves a stupid amount of paper work and long line of approval… doesn’t mark against attendance. But they leave that little fact out of the interviewing process even if you tell them you have a physical disability.
I can’t say that all Target’s are like this. But the one that I’ve worked at has demonstrated some of the most detestable treatment of their employees I’ve ever witnessed in my 10 years of work in retail.
The shift leads are always conveniently absent when the business picks up, they cut hours to compensate for time in a half on holidays, communicating problems effects my ability to make rent, but hey I need the job security so I don’t really have much of a choice, I have to work there.