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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

How do I make my application stand out?

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.

What’s the best way to prepare for the interview?

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What should I do soon after I start working?

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.

What do I need to do to get promoted?

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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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