Everything You Want to Know About Being a Target Employee
Is a Career at Target Right for You?
Have you considered becoming a Target employee? Is a career in retail right for you? Target employees enjoy excellent benefits, flexible schedules (to an extent), and a pleasant work environment (well, as pleasant as work can be when you work in retail). The pay is low, though, and working nights, weekends, and holidays is not for everybody.
However, despite the fact that you work with crabby customers and make peanuts, Target is still an excellent job. Wondering what it's really like to be their employee? Curious if you would make a good one? Keep reading for more information.
The job duties of a Target employee depend on the department(s) the employee works in, and may include:
- Customer Service—Greeting customers, helping them ring up or return items, and assisting them with locating items.
- Light Janitorial Duties—Sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming
- Stocking—Stocking shelves, setting up displays, and organizing items.
The work schedule depends on a variety of factors: personal availability, the department you work in, and the willingness of other employees to work the hours you don't want to work.
Most Target employees are required to work some nights, weekends, and holidays, although management is usually flexible with which nights you work, as well as the times you are available on the weekend. For example, if you can only work Thursday nights and between 8am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, your request will probably be honored.
If all else fails, you can post the shifts you don't want in the break room. Most employees aren't scheduled for 40 hours a week, so somebody will probably be willing to take your shift.
Many employees start out making minimum wage, or just a little above it. Overnight stockers and early morning stockers usually make more than other employees, and Guest Service Representatives make more than cashiers. Team Leads (managers) also have higher pay rates.
If you're looking for a job with excellent benefits, you'll love working at Target. Target employees receive numerous benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision benefits, 401K, enrollment in an Employee Assistance Program (free counseling and legal advice), and an employee discount of 10%.
A nice thing about Target is that it covers domestic partners as well as married couples when it comes to health insurance.
Absolutely. You'll be given a card for the cashier to scan that entitles you to 10% off of your purchase. This discount can be combined with coupons, gift cards, and rebates.
Most stores do not offer a paper application. If you want to apply to become a Target employee, you'll have to do it on the computer located near the Service Desk.
The application takes a while, so don't apply if you're in a hurry. There is some sort of personality test along with the regular "Why did you leave your last job?" type of questions. Expect to give your opinion on hypothetical situations that involve stealing, tardiness, and rude customers.
Target employees are required to wear khaki pants or skirts with red shirts. The shirt can be a polo shirt, t-shirt, hoody, or sweater; the only requirement is that it is fully red.
College isn't required to be eligible for employment at Target, although many of the Team Leads have college degrees.
Working with customers can always be stressful, but the Team Leads do their best to keep morale high. Although you are on your feet for the entire day, the working conditions are fairly decent. You will take frequent breaks throughout your shift, and there is a zero tolerance for things such as sexual harassment.
Many positions at Target only require employees to be 16 years old, but some of them require people to be at least 18 years of age.
Probably. You might not always get as many hours per week as you'd like, but Target isn't going out of business anytime soon.
What Kind of People Make a Good Fit?
Working at Target usually requires a considerable amount of interaction with customers and coworkers. If you aren't great with people, you probably won't enjoy it. Target is also not the best choice for parents with young children who require daycare, as you will be expected to work shifts during times when most daycare centers are closed.
If you are able to stand on your feet for extended periods of time while remaining friendly to coworkers and customers, Target is probably a place you'll like working at.
Target is a wonderful job, especially for teens, college students, and adults who don't mind working nights and weekends. The benefits offered are as good as, if not better, than most jobs; although the pay is low, the benefits make Target a great part-time job for many people.
If you're looking for a job where sexual harassment and verbal abuse is not tolerated, you'll be extremely happy at Target. If you find it hard not to tell racist jokes and hit on your coworkers, Target is not for you.
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