July 3, 2014 - TargetIsTheNewWalmart
Target=Retail Hell, now I know why the main color is Red
I worked for Target for nearly 8 years. Would have been my eighth year in April. I was always brought up to stick to a job until something came along, as much as I hated that place, I was loyal to them for nearly 8 years. I tried a few times to jump ship but I never managed to get on anywhere else mostly due to being a college student. The last year at that place was easily the worst one there. I can’t believe after the massive data breach that instead of curbing the quota for Red Cards….they increased it! In fact, every time you clocked in for work, you had to see your TL and be given a talk about you need to get like 4 red cards a day and if you don’t get any red cards at all in one day you automatically get written up. Then if you don’t meet quota over a period of time, you are automatically fired. How is this supposed to boost worker morale when team members have to come in every day and be threatened with termination on a daily basis if they don’t get Target precious red cards. Then of course, “Be Bold” came around which basically gets rid of any coupon policy we had. Once this went into affect, couponers stormed the store. When this new rule went into affect for example, if a guest wanted a $900 TV for lets say $200, an LOD would tell us to give it to them for $200 just because the guest threw a fit like a spoiled brat. This is not a good business model to follow at all. I’m going to get to the part why I am no longer at Target anymore. So in early March I was called into TSC because of something they picked up that happened in September of last year. YES SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR AND THEY WAIT TO BRING IT TO MY ATTENTION IN MARCH OF 2014! Anyways, they said they had evidence that a guest came through my line, bought a gift card, the guest never got the gift card back, and in fact I went and spent it on my lunch that day. The guest happened to be my Father, he owed me money so he came through my line at Target to buy a $25 gift card to give to me so I could spend it on lunch that week. I tried explaining it to them that the guest was my Dad but they wouldn’t buy it and they fired me. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t know why they waited almost 6 months to bring this to my attention. It makes no sense. In some ways I’m glad I’m no longer with them, I don’t miss anything to do with Red Cards at all. In fact once I left, I took a pair of scissors and tore up my Red Card. I don’t miss dealing with couponers or bitchy guests. In fact, the bitchy guests have more power than the LODs, they pretty much make the rules. What ever half assed idea they wanted, the LODS would let it happen. Even if it meant taking a dump on us team members. I could go on and on about all the things I don’t miss there, but those were the top complaints. However I don’t like how this has impacted my job search. Being fired at a job after being there for almost 8 years, simply doesn’t look good on a resume or a job application, and it’s showing. I hope to get a job soon, but it seems like Target wants to make my life hell even after I no longer work for them. My word of advice to those who work for Target….GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE!!! I don’t even shop there anymore. I’ve always did and always will do my grocery shopping at Kroger but to substitute with Target, I’ve picked Best Buy and Meijer. I’ve done a little bit of shopping at Walmart but not a lot. If I go to Walmart, it’s mostly the Neighborhood Market which isn’t as bad as a normal Walmart.