February 22, 2012 - conorO25
I, like every person out there, believed Target was a better employer than Walmart. Take it from someone who has worked for both companies, the only difference between T and W is that Target is way better at deception. Target DOES NOT care about their employees. Their idea of appreciating an employee is handing them an ice cream cone and a red card, like we are five year olds. They are the most anal retentive company I have ever work for. They cannot even give us 15 minutes extra of payroll and they try their best to cut 15 minutes when possible. Our shifts aren’t long enough to say that we are eating up the payroll budget and our pay is minimal so it just amazes me how far this company will go to save a few bucks. Walmart wasn’t perfect but it was never that stingy. I keep reading people’s comment “its retail, what do you expect” and I think its such a defeatist comment. What if people working in steel mills and other factory jobs had said that. They wouldn’t have unionized and bettered their lives. Just because our jobs consist of scanning items and cleaning after the pigs who decide to come out of their sties only to mess up our stores does not mean that we don’t deserve to make a livable wage. I keep hearing that the reason why we retail employees are paid so little is because our jobs aren’t so hard…trust me, it takes a lot of restraint not to punch some of these customers, managers, and co workers in the face. It takes a lot of grace and strength to go to work everyday smiling, doing a hundred things at a time and knowing that at the end of your shift you’ve made less than $30. Target, with its fast fun friendly motto, has done a great job at painting themselves as the good guy but the truth is that Target, just like Walmart, has fought off unions. Target spends more time showing an anti-union video to its new hires than on their training. That alone tells you how much Target cares about their employees. They pay their employees less and get more out of them.