Everything You Want to Know About Being a Target Employee

Updated on June 15, 2016
Do you want to become a Target employee?
Do you want to become 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.

Job Duties

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.

Work Schedule

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.

Salary Range

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.

Employee Discount?

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.

Application Process

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 Conditions

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.

Age Requirement

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.

Job Security

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.

Final Thoughts

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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      story4young 4 months ago

      I am over 50 and they hired me. Auburn, CA. I love my job and can't wait to show them what I got.

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      TGT Team Member 4 months ago

      In the handbook it stats, "You may wear a red top (any shade of red is fine, but not orange, pink or purple) and solid color pants or skirts (preferably khaki)." The pants just cannot be lycra or jeans.

      I have been wearing random color pants for the last month or so when the new brands launched.

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      AM 4 months ago

      What you didn’t say is that you’re only eligible for benefits the January after you’ve worked there for one year. So if you get hired in March of 2017, you’re not eligible until January of 2019.

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      GE 6 months ago

      GE I was told that weekly schedules are only posted a few days in advance. Is this true? How can an employee plan for doctors appointments,etc. if given only a few days notice? I think someone had the wrong information.

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      GG 12 months ago

      A Target Cafe worker commented on my designer purse and made a gesture as if I thought I was upper crust. A team front end lead is also nasty, but it does not stop me from shopping at the Washington Square Target; there are plenty more decent employees, the products are fun, always updated and the Cartwheel app brings the prices down.

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      Kris j. 17 months ago

      Does target pay for the red shirts? I was told by an old target manager they don't.

      In Washington state it is a law that if employees must pay for their own uniforms it had to be one of the "common colors" white, tan or blue.

      How do they get away with that?

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      sariepoo 18 months ago

      The Target I work at starts you at $10 an hour which is almost $3 above the minimum wage in Missouri

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      Fit and 50 19 months ago

      I would love to work for Target. I have an extensive work history in higher management and training for a large retail company. I am 50 years old and in excellent health but I am concerned they may by pass my resume since I am over 40. I really hope I am given an interview and a chance. :)

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      Sunnyglitter 3 years ago from Cyberspace

      Well, I live in America, so it's still relevant here. I wrote this for an American audience, but I'm sorry that I offended you. I'll update it when I have time.

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      Mrktng-girl 3 years ago

      The section on job security needs some adjustment. "Target isn't going out of business anytime soon". Really, ask Canada if they agree.

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      unhappy team member 5 years ago

      unfortunately they have gone down hill over the past few years and force you out when they no longer want you...when it comes to review time they are only allowed to give out so many outstanding reviews then start changing reviews so they don't go over their magical numbers...even if it means the team members who have been there for years who are at there cap get a low score which equals to no raise

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      hifizah 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I used to shop at Target when I lived in Australia. I probably wouldn't know how it feels like working there but from my shopping experience, it is a nice place.

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      Chelsea 5 years ago

      Hey Erika, I did a drug test on Thursday and received a call about orientation the next day. Though you posted this 4 days ago so they probably called you by now. Good luck!

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      Erika 5 years ago

      Just did the drug test! How long does it take for them to call me for orientation ??

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      Jules 5 years ago

      Very informative article!!! Thank you!

      I will apply at Target pretty soon, just another question about the benefits. Do you by any chance know how long it takes until you can use the benefits for the Health Insurance? I don't have a health insurance right now, so it would be awesome if that would be available right now. Just so I can get a heads up :) Thank you!

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Jessica, I had to do carts sometimes too, so I'm pretty sure they can make you do that. And I'm not a man. :)

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      jessica 6 years ago

      I work @ target as a brand attendant, their cart attendent quit and now they trynna force me out in the snow to collect carts. Can they hire me for one position and force me to go out there? I think that's a man's job!!

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Thank you, Saif. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      MM876, Some benefits start immediately, others take 3 months, and a few take a year.

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      MM876 6 years ago

      Does anyone know how long it takes for benefits to start at Target?


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      saif113sb 6 years ago

      Nice hub. thanks

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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      Fiddleman- Why wouldn't you want to be a cashier? I agree that it can be very stressful at times, but it's not too bad overall.

      Erik- Thanks! I loved working at Target. It's an awesome job.

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      Eric Parker 7 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Very specific and useful hub. You make Target sound better than I would think it is!


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      Fiddleman 7 years ago

      We have a Target about 30 minutes away from where I live. I wouldn't mind working for them as long as it was not a Cashier.