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Company
Target
Headquarters
Minneapolis, MN
Employees
10,000 +
Industry
Retail

Representation - Gender Identity

Male
Female

Representation - Race

Black
Asian
Latinx
Native American
White
Other

Handling the application process

September 4, 2020

For preparing for the interview, have projects or experiences that tie to one of Target's 4 behaviors (accountable, bold, curious, team).

September 4, 2020

Make sure that any job experiences you have on your resume can tie back to the role you're applying to. Try to make sure that all of your big wins/accomplishments are mentioned and highlight the results you got from them.

September 4, 2020

For the position you're applying to, look at the requirement and make sure there are things on your resume that tie back to them.

August 12, 2020

It’s really useful to do informational interviews. Find someone who's in the area, who's not a hiring manager - that would be very useful to talk to. Ask “what is the job description not telling me?” You should do one before you apply, so you get to know positive and negative experiences.

Navigating the company culture

September 11, 2020

Minneapolis is a growing city. There's a lot of greater opportunities to be involved with organizations geared toward diverse communities. A lot of the culture you experience in the city will be experienced at Target. We're doing a better job at hiring and retaining diverse talent.

September 11, 2020

One thing that is really beneficial within Target is that it’s a young company and most people started right out of college. When I think about acclimating into that culture and your learning about everything, the best way to truly acclimate is to bring your full self to work while understanding that most people were brought up in the midwest.

September 11, 2020

There is a team culture. Teams generally sit together during lunch. I'd say prioritize those interpersonal relationships with your coworkers.

September 4, 2020

Take some time to learn about the different groups/orgs and get involved with them. It will give you a comfortable space as you're learning to navigate your team and the rest of the company.

August 14, 2020

Target values team-players. People are called “team members.” To acclimate to team culture, you have to dive in. We have a culture built around people, and you're expected to go to all the events (coffees, team lunch, happy hour, etc.). You have to be there or you run the risk of being branded “not very Target.”

August 12, 2020

It will depend on if you were coming in at an entry-level role or not. If you go the route of coming in through a structured program, you’ll have that sense of community and get to learn the foundation of your role/training for 6-weeks. You won't be placed into your actual role until your manager thinks you're ready. You get to have a feel for the company culture, while you're still getting acclimated. However, if you're not coming in through a structured program, you don't get that grace period. There’s a lot of cultural nuances that you can decipher if you come in at a different kind of role.

August 12, 2020

We invest a lot in the onboarding experience for structured programs, but it’s non-existent in other teams or other roles. You have to seek out how you onboard into the role. The older you are breaking into the role, the harder it becomes to find a network or group of friends. Minneapolis is one of those cities where you have a set group (from high school onward); once you come into Target after a certain threshold, it becomes difficult to find those relationships outside of work.

Succeeding in the promotion process

September 11, 2020

Most leaders in Target enforce a weekly or bi-weekly status meeting with their direct reports to stay connected on business and career based topics. Be sure to leverage these connection points with your leader to focus on things you're working on and whatever career aspirations you have.

September 11, 2020

There is a mentorship program called Connect which pairs diverse team members to a peer mentor and a director level sponsor. They are there to help you advance. There's ample opportunity to connect with leaders outside of your core area.

Negotiating salary & benefits

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Shaping your career development

September 4, 2020

Start developmental conversations with your leader early on. Talk through your strengths, opportunities and what you want to work on. Make sure you are getting the right exposure/experiences to quickly put you on that path.

September 4, 2020

Your manager is going to be your number 1 in terms of getting you to the next point in your career. The sooner you let them know your expectations, the sooner they can start advocating for you.

August 14, 2020

You have to be fairly intentional about the roles that you're taking. Since 2017, Target has had a much more “open” career path where there are many roles at all the different levels. There are different avenues for shaping your career. Given that this happened in 2017, there are many people that hold on to the old linear career path.

August 14, 2020

You should be careful to make sure that you have a good story for your career choices.

October 10, 2020

Manager

Minneapolis, MN

tenure:

5-10 years

Promotion discussions

Target is so team based that you’ll create a really strong connection with your team members. Since it’s so team based you'll have the ability to be a little more open. When you go outside of your team, it’s a little harder to bring your full self to work. There is a lot of opportunity in your day-to-day to identify people who you can share that with.

Company culture

Work-life balance, relative to what I’ve seen from friends in different sectors, is great. As a manager, my work schedule is about 50 hours a week. As leaders, we place a strong emphasis on making sure direct reports have a good work-life balance and figuring out what their non-negotiables are. It's also very encouraged to take your PTO.

Diversity programs

Target is doing a great job at identifying the fact that there is a problem. We are trying to improve our retention rates because it’s been brought to the leader's attention that people aren't staying if diverse members are often put in settings where they’re the first, only or different person relative to the rest of the group.

Diversity programs

There are alot of business councils as well.

Relationships with manager(s)

From my experiences, all of my managers have had weekly or biweekly meeting cadences. I think the general culture is to have those very established status times. I could always bring in any career conversations that I wanted to have. It's ingrained in the culture.

September 20, 2020

Senior Project Manager

Minneapolis, MN

tenure:

5-10 years

Promotion discussions

I’ve had 2 very different experiences. The first was when I moved out of my entry level position. It was a lot more restrictive in terms of “have you done your time?” There was also inconsistent feedback in terms of the interview process. It felt like they had to tell me something, but it wasn't tangible feedback. The second experience, to go to my second level position. That process was much better. I started the development convo with my manager very early on so there were no surprises in terms of feedback and experience level. It was a lot more informed.

Training and career development

Yes. The programs for career development depend on which org you're a part of. They're a little selective about it. It's usually for high performers who just need a little extra coaching to get to the next level.

Training and career development

There are resources to help leaders/employees to have those conversations with each other.

Training and career development

There are mentorship programs for everyone. There are self managed mentorship programs within each council. There’s also a program you can go to where if you're looking for a mentor, they’ll match you up with someone.Most leaders are happy for you to shoot them a note and explore a mentorship relationship.

Accessibility

There is a program called Team Member Life resources which offer 5-6 sessions for members to talk to counselors. There's also resources for people to find primary care physicians, childcare, etc.

August 21, 2020

Senior Manager Level

Minneapolis, MN

tenure:

5-10 years

Promotion discussions

The promotion process depends on the organization. When I was in the supply chain, you started talking about movement after a year. At some of the lower levels, you have a good understanding of where you are in terms of upward mobility.

Promotion discussions

I’ve had the ability to go from one pyramid (business unit) to another and explore the different parts of the company that I’m interested in.

Promotion discussions

If you come in straight from undergrad, you will start in an inventory management role. You can continue in that part of the business, or you can move into something else. Those that are more closely tied to supply chain will be the easiest to understand what it takes to get promoted. When you look at some of the sister pyramids it's somewhat easy. And when you look at things that are completely different, it becomes very difficult to navigate.

Promotion discussions

The entry level is a level 4, after a year you can lateral to another position at the same level (moving pyramids), and after 18mo - 3 year you can get promoted within your pyramid (going from a 4 to a 5). You get pay raises for all movements, but movement within your same level is a 4-6% increase, but upward movement will be 8-15% depending on experience and different factors.

Company culture

I had just come out, and was still nervous about being my full self at work. I am very comfortable as an LGBT+ at Target. I feel very included on that front. However, as an Latinx male, I’m not as comfortable with that identity at Target. A lot of people have not been exposed to people outside of their ethnicity so there's a lot of ignorance around cultural no-hows. There are a lot of microaggressions - I’ve been mistaken for another Latino on the team. There’s certain things that if you're not exposed to outside of the Minneapolis bubble, you're more inclined to say/do incentive things.

August 21, 2020

Merch Planner

Minneapolis, MN

tenure:

3-5 years

Promotion discussions

There are 2 parts of the promotion process. There’s the part with your own manager about what you need to move on, and you’d have the conversation about your next career move. This part has been very clear in my experience. Managers are coached on their ability to be pretty forthright. The second part is with the hiring manager for the role you're applying for. There's not alot of transparency around what they're looking for, you really won't know until the end. You’re not always aware of the criteria for the role.

Promotion discussions

Race usually doesn't come into effect, until it does. Race can come into the conversation, because you might not “fit” or “get along with the team.” It’s subtle, but apparent.

Company culture

I feel like I can be myself at work, but I am very “Target-y” (outgoing, willing to try anything). I am Black, but I don't think that plays a part at Target as long as you're Black and “fit in.” Target is progressive, yet white.

Diversity programs

To be fair, Target puts a lot of resources towards DEI, but they're not at the equity part yet. They host a lot of D&I events, and have resources for mentorship and upward mobility. Those things all exist, but underlying all of those things is the “white progressive” mentality.

Diversity programs

There is a good mix of employee run organizations and corporate driven initiatives. And because a lot are employee-run, they're made by people who have been around for 2-5 years. They’re being built by people who were recently in the shoes of new-hire so they're good at realizing/addressing what a new POC is going through specifically. They've been good at giving POCs the opportunity to have facetime with leadership and help build out their resume.

September 15, 2020

Overall

Salary

$100,000

Senior Project Manager

Minneapolis, MN

tenure

5-10 years

Diversity

Representation

Recruiting and retention

Diversity programs

role transparency

Accuracy of job requirements

Accuracy of job description

opportunity

Promotion and upward mobility

Training and career development

Contribution to work

environment

Work-life balance

Work flexibility

Work inclusiveness

August 20, 2020

Overall

Salary

$110,000

Senior Manager Level

Minneapolis, MN

tenure

5-10 years

Diversity

Representation

Recruiting and retention

Diversity programs

role transparency

Accuracy of job requirements

Accuracy of job description

opportunity

Promotion and upward mobility

Training and career development

Contribution to work

environment

Work-life balance

Work flexibility

Work inclusiveness

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