5. Some Target Managers Ask Employees To Clock In 5 Minutes Early, And Showing Up On Time Is Being Late
Apparently, some employees hate their job so much they created a website for it. They paid for the URL, the hosting, all of it. One of the most common complaints from employees is the enforcement of the “5-minute rule”, by which being more than 5 minutes late constitutes a write-up.
Some locations are strict enough to ask employees to be at their stations at their started time, meaning employees must arrive to work early in order to start on time.
That means if you need to be at the cash register at 8:00, you will be marked late if you clock in your shift at 8:02, and that could be grounds for coaching and termination.
Large companies like this operate on a meticulous schedule where timing like this is automated and even a small deviation can offset the system. Putting on that red shirt comes with a lot of responsibility.



4. Target Employees Weren't Always Allowed To Use Their Discount On Food If They're On Food Stamps
Food stamps are a sad situation for everyone involved but can play a vital role in ensuring people are able to properly feed themselves and their families. To qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, people have their income assessed by the government.
For many Target employees, food stamps are a daily reality as a result of minimum wage shift work that cannot guarantee stable income.
Until 2012, employees were not able to use their discount on food stamps, but the policy was changed due to the controversy it generated. Employees, however, now currently not able to use their discount on regular debit or credit cards and must hold a Target credit card in order to receive any kind of discount. Asking employees to open up a credit card account to access their benefits? Sketchy, if you ask me.

3. Cashiers Are Given A Letter Grade For Speed
Forget your ABCs. Target’s letter grade system is about G’s and R’s. If you’ve ever noticed your cashier at Target trying to bag your items as fast as humanly possible while maintaining a giant smile, it’s because their computer is timing their transaction speed.
Similar to how Starbucks and McDonalds drive-throughs time transactions, the same thing happens in Target on a smaller scale.
Business Insider investigated a viral blog post made by Target employee, Tom Grennell, who wrote about his first day working as a cashier. The post became so popular that he actually started a community site for Target employees. So what do the letters mean? G is green, which is good. Red means slow (but keeping with the acronym, why don’t we imagine it means ‘relaxed’). Business Insider explains that too many Rs can be pretty demoralizing, even if it’s the customer’s fault for proceeding slowly.


2. Target Employees Are Instructed To Ensure New Moms Have Privacy To Feed Their Babies
In what may have been a publicity stunt to increase positive opinions of the company, a leaked employee handbook via Daily Mail revealed that employees must be supportive of new mothers who need to feed their babies.
Employees are instructed to allow new mothers to feed their kids inside fitting room cabins, even if there’s a line, and to otherwise not approach feeding mothers in the store.
For new mothers, finding a time and place to feed their young babies can be a difficult task. It’s definitely not uncommon for mothers to find themselves at Target, either, so this is actually a really forward-thinking policy. According to the World Health Organization, natural feeding is preferable to bottle feeding. As this becomes more accepted, many states are changing their laws to allow the practice in public, with companies like Target following suit.

1. Employees Have Their Own Lingo And It's Pretty Intense
Target and Starbucks go together like peanut butter and pickles – an American classic. Besides the two companies’ wide appeal to America’s broad middle class, and besides sharing a lot of retail space, these companies have something else in common. Employee jargon that is incredibly confusing to outsiders.


According to a very comprehensive glossary compiled by a writer on TheBreakRoom, Target Talk ranges from acronyms to complex metaphors.
Spending most of your shift in the Hardlines? That’s the “55% of the store where merchandise besides clothing is sold.” Running around the Racetrack? That’s the main aisle around the perimeter of the store. One Spot? The cheap stuff near the front of the store. Like many companies, Target refers to its customers as “guests”. Why? Because Target is like a home welcoming you in. Cute.

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