First off, thank you to whoever made this, and for all of the wonderful posts, seeing what I saw. An absolute shit company, run by greedy, unintelligent Neanderthals, but I digress.
I was hired as a closing team leader. I was there for two years. From what I was told it was a fairly new position, and one the store hadn’t had before. At first they wanted me to train at a neighbor store. I guess I understand that to a certain extent, but I assume every store, and every STL run it differently. So having me train with someone I won’t ever see, and at a store that isn’t my home store seems a bit counterintuitive. Like with most posts I’ve read the early stages weren’t bad. Things seemed to be going somewhat well. However, as a closing team leader I was essentially the STL when he, or the etl’s weren’t there. (we only had 2 at my store etl HR/ETL GM/food) I had to do wayy more than I was capable with the team I had (basically no one) nor was I paid for all the work I did. The same shit everyone else on here knows about. There were many days that contributed to it, but I can remember one in particular. Fulfillment was blowing up (what else is fucking new?) so I needed to jump into flexes, and normal batches. So I’m busting my ass trying to get us caught up on flexes, because of course the workers they hired were terrible, and useless, and what do I see as I’m taking the order to drop off? BOTH OF MY GSTL’S AND TWO CASHIERS HAVING A FUCKING PICNIC AT SCO. So no one knows me, but I’m someone who doesn’t take that shit, and I will say something. Not trying to be cool, or brag, just how I am, fuck that kind of shit. So I go to my ELT HR and of course as many have already written, she was no fucking help at all.
The following takes place 3/9-5/19/2021 this is my time line of events along with 2 emails
Week1 3/8/orientation day
Week1 3/9-12 4 half shifts
W2 3/15-19 first full shifts doing well
W3 3/22-24 work as normal. After work that night I find out my brother passes away by hanging himself
Week3 3/25 go into work crying telling my managers my brother passed away I get sent home got greaves and to be with family. Leave work early on the 25th
W4 Out of work on the 26-31 to deal with my brothers death my time was approved and paid for!
W5 Finish the work week on the 4/1-2
I worked at Target for about 3 years. I started as a hardlines tm, busted my ass, did good work. My TL’s loved me and always hyped me up for moving forward and making a career of it. I decided to join on with the over night crew to help with our store remodel and near the end of that I was approached about becoming a GSA when I moved back to day time. It came with a tiny little raise so I went for it. During that year as a GSA I made a lot of friends at the store and was able to learn and do a lot. Got little prizes from the SD and HR ETL for hard work and getting things running smooth. We had an absolutely wonderful front end ETL at the time and we all loved her. She was hated by the other ETL’s and the SD at the time. Eventually they were able to get rid of her, I dont know the reason why, and replaced her with one of their little fake clones.
I went to target a month ago to buy t shirts and look at some video games. Other than that I don’t go to target very much at all anymore. I’m on SSI and I got fired from target 4 years ago. 2016 end of year. After working there for a long time I go to walmart and cub and bestbuy. Target is like a never place I go other than maybe once a year. I love the color red, it’s just target is really IMABIGOT and I’ll never forget them firing me. If they hired me back at a different store I’ll see how it is. But being 90% deaf as I am, I bet they wouldn’t.
Firstly, I want to say that the management at Target is a complete fucking joke. There was only one TL that I actually liked and the rest can shove it up their asses.
I was hired the first of March to be a DBO. I was told I’d be working about 20 hours a week (as I had requested because I only wanted a part time job) and I would be receiving training for a week.
Fast forward to my first shift after ONE day of computer training and I was being thrown into Inbound. Imagine my surprise upon seeing a fucking 4am shift scheduled when I was told I would be working afternoon shifts for DBO. I shrugged it off until I noticed I had been scheduled for 9 consecutive work days with fucking SHITTY hours. I worked 4 am to 12 pm and then went to work at 9 am and worked until 6 pm only to come in at 3:30 am the next day.
First off, I was fired almost 4 years ago and it was the best thing Target ever did for me. But that’s not what this is about. I mostly just wanna share a few things that happened during my 2 years working in that shithole. It’s gonna be long, so prepare yourself.
I was hired Backroom when I first started there. Other than my shift starting at 4 A.M. I enjoyed the work. Just pulling and backstocking. Kept me busy. I even started enjoying starting so early after a while because the store was empty for at least half of my shift. I got along with most of my coworkers in the backroom. I especially liked my TL. We were about the same age, both enjoyed comics and video games. We got along well. He was also super nice, very helpful, and got the job done. I was actually enjoying my job.
Apologies if the Google preview is misleading. I’m paranoid about it, as well as my sarcasm.
I worked for a location that was getting worse with each year. Also, I have years of experience working there, but they’re gonna reach Amazon levels of bad soon.
I noticed over time that Target is deciding not to follow state guidelines anymore. The store capacity shrank for the first part of Covid. People stood outside and we called them in. Magically, the capacity increased by a fair margin, despite restrictions for the area pretty much staying in place. I texted someone who knew what happened. They said the capacity should be ~1/3rd lower than it’s currently at. Yes, I did look at the store capacity sheet and the store capacities are pretty much outright lies for most, if not all of them that I saw. Target lifted the restrictions on some *beverage-related* parts of the store being on an “after you shop” basis. We still have the signs saying not to drink or eat in the store and state restricted guidelines on it posted.
I am curious if there has been an increase in the anti-union rhetoric at the Stores and the DC’s around the country. When I worked at T-587 every once in a while there would be a mandatory anti-union meeting when the subject ever came up. With the very real threat that Amazon may have a unionized Distribution Center by the end on the month I’m wondering if Target is sweating the same thing happening to them. In my opinion, they should be. Target has been modeling their internal structure after Amazon for two decades. Complete with management structure, employee performance metrics and treatment and an overall employees are infinitely expendable and are to be used up and replaced attitude. They fired me for standing up to it and the news about Amazon has brought back a lot of memories (both good and bad). I hope the Amazon thing plants a seed that grows and grows and grows. Workers are people and deserve to be treated as such – not drones, slaves or machines.
So about a week ago I start my shift in STAT which is what I was hired for I also push all over the store and help fullfillment when needed at my Target and so my SD comes up to me and complains that the zone is never good (I do as much as I can in a 4 hour shift also stat is located at the front of the store a straight dump zone for guests) and goes on my discontinued are the highest and my labels are wrong. She’s up my ass about it (also why tf has nobody ever told me I should be taking care of those isn’t that what the TL and ETLs are for??) we had a corporate visit the next day so she goes on about how it has to be done and when I tell her I don’t think I can push truck, zone to her standards, and repacks for STAT in four hours she looks at me like I’m stupid.
After training at two separate locations it became immediately clear that Target runs a LEAN operational strategy (using the least amount of employees needed & keep those employees just below breaking point everyday). Target management will explain this away as a “live up to the challenge” moment but in reality, it is a consistent case of always filling in and falling behind.