Anyone here successfully ask for a pay raise?

Joined
Apr 30, 2019
Messages
1,071
Target's official party line is "competitive pay" and "merit based" at a once-per-year performance review. But given the tightening labor market, and the terrifying loss of buying power due to inflation (including goods at Target), has anyone here succeeded in asking for an actual pay raise in their existing job?

Our store has recently lost far too many TMs, TLs and ETLs. I get the impression that Target refuses to offer pay raises....
 

Hal

Joined
Aug 30, 2017
Messages
357
Yes. I'm at a DC though. Got a nice bump two years ago because of it.

People are just afraid to ask and forget the worst they can say is no. You won't get fired for asking.

Come in with facts. What people in your role at other companies make, what you're contributions have been and translate that to what you earn. Talk about cost of living. Talk about whatever you want but keep it to honest facts.

Have 2 numbers in mind. How much you want and how much you'll take because you'll need to negotiate. For example if you make 20 per hour and you want 22, tell them you want 25 and negotiate to 22.

But be reasonable. Don't come in gunning for a 50% raise and try to avoid getting your feelings involved. Its business and businesses have to negotiate.
 

Black Sheep 214

Kiss no butts, give no fox
Joined
Apr 27, 2018
Messages
2,915
I left Target after asking for a $1 raise. I was very polite and explained in detail the reason I believed I deserved that raise. SD laughed in my face and told me to get out of her office
Wow! With people skills like that your asshat SD should go far. Hopefully out the door with a bootprint in the appropriate area…
 
Joined
Jan 2, 2020
Messages
126
I've been told pay raises outside of the annual cycle used to be more common before Modernization. If a TM doesn't want to become a leader, there's really no other route to take in order to make more money outside of leaving Target. That kind of stinks.
 
Joined
Oct 17, 2018
Messages
652
We always think by the way they praise our good work that we are irreplaceable! But sadly nobody is . If we say we want raise , at my store Im pretty sure they will never consider it and can even backfire for us 🫤 they might not get someone who does the work sincerely and neatly but they are ok with just getting it done by some college kid who just pushes and backstock stuff wherever they want to . I’m often surprised by the people they consider to be the employee of month at my store . I felt bad many times . But now I don’t care as they give me hours max possible and I’m content with that.
 
Joined
Apr 29, 2021
Messages
230
I have never asked for a raise, but I did once discuss a bad evaluation with an ETL.

She was a newer ETL, and she told me that the evaluation had been decided before she had started. The next year my evaluation was more favorable.
 
Joined
Apr 29, 2021
Messages
230
And a lot of store employees in my metro area recently got a significant bump in their hourly pay.

I'll say that I've been pretty satisfied with the pay, bonuses, and benefits that Target has bestowed upon the plebes.
 
Joined
Apr 29, 2021
Messages
230
... they might not get someone who does the work sincerely and neatly but they are ok with just getting it done by some college kid who just pushes and backstock stuff wherever they want to ...

Ugh.

I like having a couple of days off in a row, but dread the overstock I'll be returning to.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jan 27, 2020
Messages
1,041
I ran the fuck outta my department with my coworker the whole pandemic. I got 11 cents the first time... and 25 cents the second..... yea i started applying to other career jobs after that 1st insult, then doubled down at the second.
Especially after those "please stay at work" bribes stopped flowing.

Crushed our redcards and circle metrics as well as protection plan sales....

Yea i doubt target would give a off cycle raise.

First raise at the new company ?"a prorated 1k" "since you just joined the company 3 months ago"
 
Joined
Jan 8, 2021
Messages
424
I'm aware of one situation like this (somebody I know), but if it has happened more than once at my store, I wouldn't know because the SD would keep a very tight lid on it.
 
Top