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Cashier

June 2021 • Hyannis, MA

What I liked

It had understanding and helpful management

What I wish was different

Not much.

Advice

Learn what the company has to offer for a loyalty program
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Distribution Center Intern

June - July 2021 • Rialto, CA

What I liked

I liked working in the warehouse, and the culture was amazing. Most everyone was super willing to help me learn and feel like I was part of the team. I had a wonderful mentor who really helped me learn Target and develop my leadership style. They give a lot of recognition to their employees, and it is a fast pace environment. I left the experience pretty much ready to be an operations manager full time.

What I wish was different

I do wish the program had been longer, as it was only 8 weeks. Originally it was 10 but they shortened it, I believe because of COVID-19 complications. I also wish that the intern program was a little more structured about what I was supposed to be learning each week so I could better track my progress and see where I was supposed to be at. I also wish they were better at communicating to all parties that I would be working with that they would have an intern, because some people were unprepared.

Advice

Be accountable for your own progress. If you want to know something, ask. If you want to learn something, speak up and have someone show you. Each mentor can be different and have a different level of how motivated they are to help you learn. Take action to make your internship experience what you want it to be and don't only let it be doing what others tell you to do; you won't learn as much that way. It may be hard, but the whole purpose of being there is to learn.
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General Merchandise Closer

January 2019 • Rowlett, TX

What I liked

The working environment is decent, the pay is great, especially when its holiday hours and the pay is time and a half. The coworkers are great to work with as well.

What I wish was different

The management could be reworked, many people have been leaving because of this specific store's management.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions, your coworkers and team leads are there to help out!
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style consultant

May 2021 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

I liked my co-workers, and how I felt like I contributed and made a difference in the Target environment.

What I wish was different

I wish the customers had been a little more kind and understanding.

Advice

I would advise having good customer service ability and always knowing what to do next so your not just standing doing nothing.
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Tech Consultant

August - October 2021 • Vancouver, WA

What I liked

The location was right next to my apartment complex, so the travel time to get to work was very small.

What I wish was different

I wish the pay would have better reflected the amount of responsibility I had as compared to other roles. Working at the front lanes would have paid the same amount as a tech consultant except that role didn't have to be constantly on the move restocking, laying out shelves so they were displayed better (zoning), answering frequent questions, and covering a large area of the store while still being paid the same. The company also had an issue of not enforcing mask policies despite the amount of signs saying they were required, even having it be mentioned over the phone. Even with a mask station up at the front of the store, customers without masks were still welcomed in by management at the front and the general employee culture was to not tell customers to wear a mask in fear of being fired.

Advice

I would recommend not taking a "specialized" job at Target as long as they're paying the same amount across multiple roles despite the level of responsibility and the density of tasks between roles. If you value public health and following things such as mask mandates, I would *highly* recommend against ever working for Target.
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Fulfillment Team Member

November 2020 • Langhorne, PA

What I liked

I like that I can come home for the holidays and know I have a job for those three weeks, and the summer.

What I wish was different

Management - When I was first hired I did not like the manager of my team, he was not understanding or supportive. For example, if you asked him for help in finding an item that you could not find anywhere, he would say "oh, you're just not looking hard enough". He also expected unachievable goals and since his expectations were so high and he did not communicate prioritization the team members and I were all stressed and confused. Luckily he is gone and we have a new Team Lead who gives clear and achievable goals and will actually help you find an item if you cannot find it on your own.

Advice

If you do not have a thick skin, this job will help you get one. Even though you are running around the store all day on a time crunch, customers will still ask for your help so try to give the best help you can first, or find another team member who can better assist the customer. invest in good running shoes or inserts for arch support, you will need it!! Don't be afraid to ask for help, someone in another department or on your team will know the answer or will point you to someone who knows the answer.
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Team Member

June - August 2021 • Euless, TX

What I liked

The other team members and my managers made my experience really great!

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed longer.

Advice

Have a good attitude, be polite to others, and enjoy what you do!
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Guest Service Advocate

March 2020 • Willoughby, OH

What I liked

Target gives a reasonable amount of responsibility, and there is always something to be done. I enjoy my coworkers and speaking with guests, solving issues, and learning customer service.

What I wish was different

Management could have been better, constantly different opinions from different superiors. I would have liked some more variety as well; when working in the front, there are a lot of places I could be, but I would consistently only be in one location.

Advice

Prepare for a fast-paced environment, Target is a busy place, and many times you'll be doing 3 things at once. Just remember to enjoy yourself and not stress about the small stuff, do the best you can in stressful situations!
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Backend Software Engineer

June - August 2021 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

It was nice that I was really able to gain new skills and learn a lot!

What I wish was different

I wish it had been in person.

Advice

You should go into this internship with the goal to learn more than anything else.
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Starbucks Barista

June 2021 • Manchester, CT

What I liked

It gave me experience with working with the public

What I wish was different

Advice

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Stocker

June - August 2021 • Spring Valley, NY

What I liked

Helping the people , making new friends

What I wish was different

How long each shift was

Advice

Target is a very fun place to work at but you always have to work and stay on task or else you’ll mess everything up
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Merchandise Expert

July - October 2019 • Marquette, MI

What I liked

The team I worked with was a pleasant and enjoyable to work with.

What I wish was different

The work schedule was difficult to keep with a school schedule, but on its own or with another job it likely wouldn't be a problem. There was less training than I would have liked. I had to do lots of learning myself and had to ask plenty of questions in order to feel like I was as efficient as others.

Advice

Make sure you can wake up early and have a fluid schedule. Target is flexible in letting you build your schedule around classes, but if you are a new employee be prepared to have a very inconsistent schedule week to week.
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Sales associate

May - August 2018 • Apple Valley, MN

What I liked

The breaks, the co-workers, the environment.

What I wish was different

NA

Advice

Be patient with customers.
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Guest Advocate

August 2019 • Chesapeake, VA

What I liked

Target is a wonderful place to work while you are in college. They offer part-time positions at $15/hour and are willing to work with your schedule. During the school year, my Team Lead scheduled me for my desired 30-35 hours a week and would cut my hours to 20 a week during midterms or finals. I always appreciated how they genuinely cared about my life outside of Target and wanted me to succeed in my college classes. Along with flexible hours, Target also has a variety of positions you can learn. In my department (Front End), there are three positions: Cashier, Self Check-Out, or Guest Services. I am thankful Target offers a variety of areas to work in my department because it breaks up the monotony.

What I wish was different

Before the pandemic, Target was a pretty amazing place to work! Now, the only reason I stay at Target is because of my amazing team members and the pay. If you work at Target, be prepared to be extremely overworked in ANY department. During certain times of the year, corporate will severely cut your hours (working 40 hours a week to only 15 hours a week). Expect to be short-staffed every time you come in for a shift. Also, Target will do ANYTHING to keep the guest happy so expect to deal with entitled guests.

Advice

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Executive Team Lead

July - August 2020 • Puyallup, WA

What I liked

My store had poor metrics for their fulfillment department so I took that as an opportunity to make an impact in my store. I analyzed the department, figured out where improvement could be made and implemented a new system. I set daily goals for picking/packing and assigned roles and saw a 10% improvement in our metrics.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship could’ve been the full 10 weeks (thanks COVID).

Advice

Make yourself known. Find opportunities where you can make a difference. Get to know your team and find areas of success and struggle. If you have ideas for improvement, share them!! You never know what kind of difference you can make.
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sales associate

May 2019 • Florence, KY

What I liked

The wages, employee discount, working in apparel and accessories

What I wish was different

Number of hours worked, being the only department to take customer calls

Advice

Ask questions
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Style Consultant

May 2020 • Racine, WI

What I liked

How team-oriented the environment is! I always feel supported there

What I wish was different

I wish that the higher-ups were better at communicating with the store associates.

Advice

Communicate! Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and ask questions!
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Style Consultant

September 2018 - July 2019 • Boulder, CO

What I liked

Good coworkers, food, challenging and new work

What I wish was different

better work attitude, different hours

Advice

Have a good attitude and be interested in learning about inner workings of businesses. It's a good way to practice customer service business principles.
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Style Expert

June 2019 • Mount Pleasant, MI

What I liked

The personal connections within the corporation. They truly care about their employees and are quite flexible with schedules.

What I wish was different

The hours per week are up and down, the weekly hours are not steady.

Advice

It has been a great experience so far, I have made connections within the job site and have gains experience within retail and customer service experience.
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General Maintenance Worker

May 2019 • Huntington Station, NY

What I liked

Very fun, social job with great benefits.

What I wish was different

Can be a little stressful.

Advice

Great job to have
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