I've always lurked on this forum but have never posted. I recently hit the 4 year mark at Target a week later I gave my notice. I found a job at a competitor one that gives me 40 hours. I started as a Specialist I truly enjoyed my job. Then they cut the position and cut hours. I worked as hard as I could, I was told I was a great example of a leader but when I went after a TL position I was told, "you're not leadership material". After that I decided to self motivate. I worked harder, led more. Recently my TL was shipped off to another store to help with a P-fresh retrofit, since the store I worked in was a pilot P-fresh store. So I took on the workload that my TL left behind. I was told over and over again I was doing a great job and that I was being looked at to be a TL. Then one day a position opened up. I applied and was told "you're not ready to be a leader." So I started looking for another job. My last few months I was a bit frustrated but I continued to work. I was offered a job with another store in a leadership role. I took it since it was quite a bit more money, and more hours. My STL tried to keep me by telling me that the next time a TL position was available I'd have it, but he could in no way match the pay. That's where I decided it wasn't worth my time to stay. They have no ability to retain talent, and no inclination to promote unless they're forced to. My last day was Friday and I'm looking forward to my new job. On a final note, the line "you're not ready to be a leader" bugged me due to the fact that in the past I was a store manager at another retail establishment but when it merged with another company I disliked the new culture. I wish all of you luck at Target, and considering from what I have heard, read and seen Target will most likely continue to cut even if a store is performing well when it's competitors are spending more on payroll because they realize that service is the most important sales generator in the service industry.