June 16, 2013 - Hero
Target Canada is just as worse
I got hired for Target in March of 2013. They were looking for Team Members to set up the store and be there when the doors were opened for the first time. The sales in Ontario were great, black Friday every day. So I has hired as a cashier, promised 40 hours in the first month of opening, and at least 25 hours a week to qualify for part time benefits. It was great, setting up the store, making new friends, knowing who I was going to be working with. The planarama hours were great, 30+ a week, they were making everyone happy.
It was a great second job, after working behind a counter in a deli, it was cool to be able to try something new. I was liking the job, people were nice, our store was the best in the district, and hey, we were all getting excited for all those full time hours. I was called in for coaching for the first time, and was told I can’t be trusted to work alone, can’t work in a group, other people finish things faster then I can. That was horrible to hear, after all, I worked in a deli beforehand, and I worked well in a group, and on my last day after giving my two weeks, I closed the place by myself because the other girl called in sick. I had closed the night before with my old supervisor, the last night she was working in the deli before she started her new job as assistant manager. She wished me best of luck at Target and hoped I got the hours I was promised and would be happy there. Of course I was, until the coaching started. The first one literally broke me, I was almost done work, and I needed some time alone, told I could come out when I felt okay, and I left to grab my things when I felt I was ready. Made it to the girl who was borrowing my PDA and broke down again. Showed up the next day and was sent home. ‘We’ll call you’ I was told. Sadly for me that was the day I left my keys locked in the car and had to call my parents to unlock the car for me. I was sad and sat in the break room after signing out to wait for them. It was cold and windy outside and I had a bit of a cold. One of the TLs poked her head in, and asked me if I signed out. I told her that I did, then she told me I had to wait outside, that I was upsetting the other team members. Right, because being quiet as I waited for my parents to show up was upsetting the one other guy who was sitting in the room. Of course I wasn’t fired then, I was called a few days later being told I had my shift from 3-9pm. I was happy, finding a job in this town was hard.
The store had opened last month, and it was busy for only a few days. Did I get my promised hours? does 16.5 hours sound like the 40 I was promised? No, it wasn’t. They cut back everyone’s hours! The bastards hired at 110% expecting the same sales in Ontario, but being a small town in British Columbia, the sales were not what was expected.
I was a fairly popular cashier, co-workers liked me, and worried about me when I passed out from dehydration – there’s no air conditioning in the store, it’s controlled by a third party, and we’re not allowed water at the check lanes- I had thought I found a good place to work. Boy was I wrong. Another coaching telling me the same old, same old. I told them this was my first retail job and that I was still learning. Not good enough for Target.
What had started to bug me was when one of the GSA’s and Tl’s started treating me like a child. It was getting annoying, and I finally told another GSA today about it and she told me to talk to the STL about it, but I didn’t want to, seeing as every time I talked to him I was always told how I’m fucking up. Of course as I’m talking to her, the STL comes in and says he needs to talk to me. So I grab my stuff, and follow him, took a seat and was handed a termination letter. 93 days working and fired just after probation with no reason. I was upset at first but as I started looking for other jobs today and told my friends the crooks in red and khaki fired me without a reason after my probation period made me feel better that I was let go. They weren’t providing what they promised anyways. Sure I have bills to pay, and now have to look for a job, but at least I’m out of that two faced hellhole known as ‘Target Canada’