November 19, 2012 - suckit0963
Target is a combat zone for your sanity
So I started out at one store as a flow team member and I was really happy and very proficient at my job. My HR and STL thought I would be a good fit for a TL so I agreed and they set me up for the interviews, however they didn’t have any openings at my store so my interviews were with another store. I happen to live in between the two stores so at the time distance was not really an option. So I went and interviewed and did extremely well on all the interviews and they offered me the job.
I just happen to start the week before Christmas as the Consumables Team Lead and it was two weeks prior to our PFresh remodel. Oh and not to mention they hadn’t had a CTL for like 2 months or so. So first order of business was to get my department on track with all the stupid suspect date audits and then to see whats going on with the remodel. Well everything seemed to be going well and then I started back to school in January and everything just started going down hill from then on. My ETL complained because I was in School and had limited availability but yet other TL’s and TM’s were in school and never heard the ETL’s bitch because of that. I was under the impression that Target wanted you to go to school and better your self. So I got through that semester with no problem and then they wanted me to change up my school schedule so I would have different availability for closing shifts. So I changed it up. Oh and I decided to change departments on my own because the CTL job was just to stressful for me and I got looked down on for stepping up and asking for help and to change areas.
Well just so happen the new nights that I changed my closing to just happen to be the same night they shoot fireworks off at one of the local shopping and entertainment venues. Now for most people this is not a big deal. I am an Irag and Afghan Veteran and have Anxiety and PTSD from my deployments, so naturally fireworks kinda freak me out a little. I tell my ETL about whats going on and they accommodate me by putting music over the loud speakers to drown out the sounds. But then it just starts getting worse. I start speaking my mind on some issues I’m seeing in the store. God forbid I open my mouth. I told them it would be easier for us as team leaders to come in a couple of hours before the store opens to set ad rotations, sales planners, and get some paper work done so that we can be ready to help guest when we open at 8. Well the ETLs and STL looked at me like I had three heads when I suggested this. So I let it go and then they complain because we aren’t getting our work done when us as TL’s are the only people on the floor to help guest push CAF’s and respond to back ups.
Anyway to make a long story short our DTL came in for a couple of visits and I voice my concerns to her in front of our STL HR and ETLs and I pretty much got shunned for doing that. So they set me up for failure by not helping me develop or helping me when I ask for it. Then the Icing on the Fucking cake was when I told one of my peers I hated my job and I had to call out because I was having car trouble for one day. ONE FREAKING day out of the year and a half I was with Target I called out and it was for a legitimate reason. So they hold all this against me and I have a mountain of coachings and corrective actions for various things by this point and I was so fed up I was going to quit.
Well ironically enough the day that I had planned on quitting they ended up firing me anyway. Halleluiah!!! I was free of what I considered the worst most stressful hostile work environment I have ever seen and I’VE DONE 3 TOURS IN 2 COMBAT ZONES WTF!!!
Well there is a silver lining to all of this though. While doing my TL training at my original store where I started as a flow team member I met the woman I’m going to marry. And hind site being 20/20 I wish I would have waited just one month and I could have stayed at the store I started at where people thought I was the golden child and could do no wrong. Its what ever though this has taught me I am not cut out for retail I don’t hate target as a company I just hate the Bitch-ass “Ring Knocking” ETLS at the store where I got fired from.