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May 18th, 2008

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10:38 am - 6 month review of Target
Target is not a complicated job, but at least at mine, you'll work hard.  For little pay.  I've been there for 6 months, working the 4am shift (starting at 4 in the morning).  I help unload the truck and then stock shelves before the store opens, and since I was dumb enough to actually learn how to unload the baler, I get stuck doing the trash a lot of the time, sometimes hours after my shift is supposed to end.  My bosses go between being complete dicks to almost-nice people, but you never know what day they'll do what.  For some reason, I have other tasks that nobody else does, like for example while everyone else is assigned one pallet of stock at a time to take out to the floor, I am told a lot of times that "I need you to take out these 3, these two back here, and then push these papers towels out and bring the backstock back here" or something like that.  When I'm out on the floor, the the managers act like spies; they act more like wardens.  I'll open a box with my boxcutter and look up to find where it goes, and some guy always walks around the corner like, "Why are you just standing there?!"  I'm not!  I'm just reading the shelf information so I can put the stuff on the shelf!  But they think they've always caught you goofing off.  I'm in school, and I work usually 4-8 and then I have to be at school as early as 10, but for some reason they want me to always do the trash at 7:55, and the store opens at 8, and the trash will usually take a couple of hours to finish...so, doing the math, I will at least be there until about 10, which is when my classes start.  So, eventually, I guess they finally got the hint that I wasn't going to miss class, so they quit handing me the keys.  There is one guy there who has a heavy Caribbean accent to the point where nobody can understand what he's saying, which makes it hard to give instructions.  So we usually get chewed out by him for not following instructions.  Go figure.  But yesterday I got suspended for cussing him out.  Back to the extra tasks that I haven't ever seen anybody else doing, when we have too much to stock, we sometimes need more space than what the backroom can hold, so we sometimes have to put stock in other places.  Well, yesterday, being that I am used to putting stock in more than one place as I just explained, the manager that I cussed out started yelling at me about common sense, and he wouldn't hear me out or accept my apology, so I dropped the F-Bomb and walked off.  Suspended indefinitely.
    Besides that, while I was asked to stay late in the past, when I needed to swap a shift to finish a final project for school, I was denied.  When I would complain about things on the job, managers would just walk off while I was talking.  Managers would try to make breaks as late as possible so that when we finished break, we would have to stay later.  They schedule less, but ask for more.  They are jerks at 4 in the morning.  No headphones (keep in mind that we work 4 hours before the customers get there), constant disrespect (not 100 percent of the time, but enough), managers don't communicate well with one another (I've had managers contradict each other when giving us instructions, and I get caught in the crossfire), ridiculous deadlines...just goes on and on.  I have had jobs making much more than what I make at Target, but  those were temp jobs that didn't last.  There was a guy that was scheduled for at least 9 days straight.  That's not going to kill you, but that sucks, regardless.  Everybody deserves a day off after at least 7 days.  But since my housing is provided by school, I'm not too sad about the suspension.  But I do have a few bills, but I've been looking for something else as far as work goes.  I'm by no means perfect, and I've been at far more demanding jobs where I've been chewed out for making mistakes.  But those were mostly times where I could not argue, and I had rent to pay.  But now I have less bills, but more of a temper, it seems like.  And that guy has been ASKING to get cussed out.  We've filed joint complaints on this guy's behavior, and he's still there, but the nicer manager who honestly was a bit of a pushover got fired.  But this jerk keeps his job.

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Date:May 18th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)

Target hires only people who cant speek english

I spend hours doing job applications about 10 times in the last 9 years and every time they don't give me the job posted available even when they're opening a new one in the Warwick Mall in Rhode Island and there stockers are too short to stock on the top 3-4shelves without using a ladder and cant speak
English and there cashier dress like complete freaks and everything is stock in the wrong spot and don't match the price tags, yet they wont hire ME who can reach the top shelves and read and speak and understand English our so called NUMBER 1 LANGUAGE ,I Also dress better then their best dressed Employees Even on my Worst dressed days.
Date:May 19th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Well, it's sounds like you think they're discriminating against you in some way, and while that could be true, I think you might also be letting your anger get in the way of clearly judging them. That's just my opinion. I can relate to tags and stock not matching, though. It's harder than you might think to get stuff to match, especially when you have something unpackaged that you have to put on a shelf, like one of the million stuffed animals we have with absolutely no tag with a number or anything. I don't like to judge people by appearance, though I do realize, for example, if you want to be a lawyer, you're not going to do it with green hair. We have a pretty strict uniform policy, so I haven't dealt with the dress issue. You should move to Georgia. I've seriously met like, 12 new employees in the past 3 or 4 days I was there! But that's also because of the people who quit or were fired, or maybe they realized that we were understaffed. Hey, you can have my position as soon as I bolt for good.

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