December 26, 2017 - traget
Souls die here.
Unlike most I don’t hate Target, however I wouldn’t call myself a fan. I started working in electronics as a seasonal employee in October. I initially enjoyed the job because it pays well for retail and my co-workers were nice. I learned quickly and everyone was happy with my work ethic and ability to perform including the gstl and lods. I didn’t like zoning only to have a customer come through the same isle I just cleaned. My favorite parts of the job were interacting with guests and backstocking. I definitely didn’t enjoy other tasks I had to do throughout the day, however it was a job. Point being I liked the job overall, but couldn’t handle too much “Target time” before I would be lifeless. The problems started when they scheduled me outside of my availability. I didn’t make a big deal out of it since I wasn’t busy that day. From there my shifts changed from 4 to 6 hours every few days to 8 to 9 hours Saturday, Sunday, and an 8 hour shift right after school once a week. I had no time to breathe on the weekends. I was always working and although it was within my availability it took a toll on me. I had no rest and couldn’t balance school. I was late to school several times because I didn’t get good sleep. I even got a cold which caused me to call in sick because of my fever. The lod was questioning my sickness which I found unprofessional. I called in the second day because I was still sick and waited on the phone for 30 minutes never to speak to an lod. The next week when I went to work they thought I had quit. I was then scheduled in random departments to make up for not being scheduled. The final straw was when I was scheduled on an 8 hour shift until 12:00 am and then expected to show up the next day at 6:00 am. They aren’t short on staff either. Thanks to Target’s buddy system, I wouldn’t even arrive home until 12:30 am. By the time I was asleep it was after 1:00 am. I slept through my alarm to show up for my next shift. I understand I messed up, but I can’t help think scheduling wasn’t handled well. I became burnt out from long back to back shifts for a part time job. The lack of ability to be as social as I could be in other jobs also got to me on those long shifts. All but around 3 of my co-workers were very weird people. The management was very nice expect for one lod. So as I said, I don’t hate Target. I don’t blame anyone who does.
Hope you enjoyed the story of my Target experience.