I just finished reading TargetEqualsShell’s comment and it’s like I’m looking in a mirror! I’ve almost been with Target for seven years. I’m at six right now. But the constant flak I take from Team Leads is beyond the pale. I’m originally from New York, okay? When we had jobs over there, people cussed their heads off. Cussing was part of everyday language. Now that I live in the deep south (Hades), I have spent years dumbing down my New York accent and eliminating all cusswords from my everyday vocabulary. I let loose when I get home, but I keep it clean at work.
That’s not my problem. These TLs have such NERVE. They think they actually have legitimate power over our souls!
Awhile back I was called off to the side to discuss the responsibilities of the Cart Attendant job. I know the responsibilites just fine because I’ve been doing the job for years. The GSA decided to give me a talking to because the spill stations weren’t being checked enough. I responded with something along the lines of, “all you have to do is ask.” For that I got this response, “duties that the Cart Attendants are responsibile aren’t getting done.” As if I’m responsible for five other guys when I’m not even at work.
I work at Target #1431 in Falls Church, VA. I’ve been there for 3 years this August, and at this point, I’ve been here longer than every ETL. When I first started, the job was actually ok. Most of the ETLs had been with the store since it opened a decade or so ago. They knew what they were doing. You still hated them because they had that stupid arrogance about them, being ETLs and all, but they didn’t treat you like shit and we got work done. Over the past 3 years, one by one or two by two, they’ve all gone. Some of the spots have been replaced more than once. I don’t like a single one of the ETLs who are there now. The men are barely catching on to how the business works, and while the women are gorgeous, that’s about all they bring to the table. Sometimes I wonder what kind of shady things they had to do to get their job…
I quit my job as a pharmacist with Target back in January, and have had ZERO regrets about it. It was glaringly obvious that corporate didn’t give a shit about pharmacy as a profession, and only saw us as a money-making opportunity for them.
The first thing that happened that made me question Target’s intentions was that over half of the pharmacists in my city had to re-interview for their jobs. Even though I managed to keep my job, it soon became crystal clear what Target’s endgame was: the pharmacists who WERE let go were all older, and had been with the company the longest. Target was screwing these employees out of their pensions. Truly sickening.
As predicted I have been “let go” at the end of the season despite always showing up for work, never making any trouble, always being on time, always being polite to the “guest,” and complying with all of the ridiculous demands of the TLs, GSAs, GSTLs, LODs and everyone else with a power complex and nothing better to do then harass the other team members. I can’t say I’m too sad to have been let go though, because honestly this has to have been one of the worst job experiences I have ever had.
I loved knowing that every time I went into work somebody else was going to get on my ass for not following a rule for a job that I had never been trained on. I also loved knowing that all the team leads and GSTL’s were going to treat me like I was a moronic misbehaving child in front of the customers despite having done nothing wrong. Watching all of the team leads and their favorite team members get together and make fun of the other team members like they were still in fucking middle school was always a treat. And it’s great that my competency was what made the team leads hate me but also give me all the extra tasks at the same time.
I have had some infuriating ETLs in the past, but none as bad as Mega-Bitch we’ll call her. She transferred to my store late September-early October and my life in Hardlines has become a living hell. Now, I’m sure I’m not the only one who becomes the ETLs punching bag bot God damn! enough is enough! Big flipping whoop if I take a few bathroom breaks during my shift and who the balls cares if I don’t respond to the lanes or call boxes quick enough. IT’S. STILL. GETTING. DONE! And now vicariously through my team leader she has the gall to threaten my job and his if I don’t turn things around? well forget that! I’m not going to give that cock-juggling thunder cunt the satisfaction of firing me! Once the holidays are over I’m outta there and hopefully on to somewhere employees are treated fairly.
I worked for Target over a year ago ,but I am still completely disgusted by the was I was treated. I hired into a store as a Senior Team Lead over Softlines and I didn’t really have any issues while I was there. Unfortunately, that store closed 3 months after I hired in, so I had to either take a buy out package or transfer. I ended up transferring to another store closer to home, and that was the BIGGEST mistake of my life. Before my transfer went through, the management at the new store wouldn’t even tell me what depertment I would be overseeing- it was some BIG secret… My first day working at the new store, I knew that I was going to be miserable… All of the ETL’s acted like snotty high school kids. If you did’t “fit in”, they would talk about you behind your back and make your life miserable- I witnessed them talking badly about another member of management on my first day there.
After I was there for about a week, they decided to put me in charge of Presentation. I had never done anything in presentation on a large sccale before, but they expected me to perform my job like a seasoned manager. My ETL would constantly get on me about my team’s performance, but I had no idea what it was they were supposed to be doing!