Incredible amount of store drama

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So, I have no idea how to preface this, but I have never worked at a store like this in my 10 years of working retail jobs.

Without giving too much away, I live in one of the major three cities in the USA and work for a Target in said city. I started working for Target a few months ago, and without naming my department, I will say I have had nothing but a negative experience.

First, I was thrown right into work the same day as my orientation. I had experience with said department due to a past job. This was a red flag, but I figured maybe people had called off and they needed someone as a buffer. This lead to me closing said department by myself even though I had never worked for Target before, and hadn’t even had training because my orientation was the same day.

Coworker drama is at all time highs. There is constant drama over everyone who works at every department, and said drama spills out into basically every single department even if you are not in said department. SDs and other district managers are at our stores on a regular basis, and we recently had two people all out and quit. I have personally had ETLs tell me that I need to do more to keep the store going, and have had the DM for my department come over and yell at me unprovoked.

I have had coworkers complain on a constant basis when things aren’t done to the standard they want, whether or not it is done correctly. This has caused a lot of stress in my personal life, as I am always wondering what terrible thing I have done to warrant being yelled at by my coworkers on any given day.

I can go on, but the environment is incredibly toxic. Turnover is high and, even working at some of the most understaffed and decrepit places does not compare to my experience here. Is this a common thing amongst Target as a whole, especially in major cities? I would quit, but I am currently providing for myself and my girlfriend, and I would likely be ineligible for unemployment if I did so.
 
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I would not say this represents Target as a whole and I don't think your store being in a major city is necessarily a defining reason the atmosphere is so toxic.

Complaining about work is kind of a part of working in retail, however, how the complaints manifest are not universal. For myself, sarcastic criticism mixed with alternate suggestions is my go-to. Others take a whining toddler approach. It sounds like your store has several who like to stir the pot and create animosity which others then feed off of.
 
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I’m sorry this has been your experience. My store would never put someone by themselves on the same day as orientation. We usually pair them up with a training buddy for the first several shifts they work. Right now hours are very tight and the workload has not decreased. We are spread thin and people are on edge.
 

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I’m sorry this has been your experience. My store would never put someone by themselves on the same day as orientation. We usually pair them up with a training buddy for the first several shifts they work. Right now hours are very tight and the workload has not decreased. We are spread thin and people are on edge.

The only time I could potentially see this, is at Starbucks. If someone came here already as a trained barista and the closing partner called out, it would leave the new person alone. It would suck and should never happen.
 
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So, I have no idea how to preface this, but I have never worked at a store like this in my 10 years of working retail jobs.

Without giving too much away, I live in one of the major three cities in the USA and work for a Target in said city. I started working for Target a few months ago, and without naming my department, I will say I have had nothing but a negative experience.

First, I was thrown right into work the same day as my orientation. I had experience with said department due to a past job. This was a red flag, but I figured maybe people had called off and they needed someone as a buffer. This lead to me closing said department by myself even though I had never worked for Target before, and hadn’t even had training because my orientation was the same day.

Coworker drama is at all time highs. There is constant drama over everyone who works at every department, and said drama spills out into basically every single department even if you are not in said department. SDs and other district managers are at our stores on a regular basis, and we recently had two people all out and quit. I have personally had ETLs tell me that I need to do more to keep the store going, and have had the DM for my department come over and yell at me unprovoked.

I have had coworkers complain on a constant basis when things aren’t done to the standard they want, whether or not it is done correctly. This has caused a lot of stress in my personal life, as I am always wondering what terrible thing I have done to warrant being yelled at by my coworkers on any given day.

I can go on, but the environment is incredibly toxic. Turnover is high and, even working at some of the most understaffed and decrepit places does not compare to my experience here. Is this a common thing amongst Target as a whole, especially in major cities? I would quit, but I am currently providing for myself and my girlfriend, and I would likely be ineligible for unemployment if I did so.
yes. u basically described my store. Theres always drama in every department including mine where unbelievable expectations on us. 30 minutes per uboat, or some nonsense and one of our lead has mood swings, so one minute this lead is happy, the next minute throwing tantrums, bitching and always whispering to us about being coached and written up, like shut the hell up. spring summer fall is where most of the time, target focuses on the detailing and straightening out slow or lazy workers. they let go or intimidate people around this time. ive noticed this in my 10+ tenure. we already had 4 quit in my dept alone within a month. we are planning on 2 more including myself. im currently searching atm. targets a great company but the people you work with makes working there really terrible.
 
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