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Target / terrible working conditions

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I worked at Target from March until July of this year. They treat their employees like slave trade.

The logistics team is forced to work in semi-darkness, an impossible task when being expected to sort and classify merchandise.

The air conditioning is not turned on to appropriate levels until minutes before opening. The workers are worked, "faster, faster", while being denied appropriate access to water, and bathroom breaks.

Personal information about employees is shared at team "huddles", and workers are repeatedly told that they are not indispensable.

The press states that Walmart has a poor record as an employer, it would be wise to open an eye towards the "hip, socially forward, discounter".

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  • An
      16th of Nov, 2008
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    OMG i know exactly what you mean i worked for them too from September 2007 to may 2008 I use to have to go over night to put up signs for ad prep it was terrible how they worked. I'm so sorry that happened to you and remember they will get what they deserve.

  • La
      22nd of Nov, 2008
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    What "personal" info could have been shared at huddles? Your anniversary? Your birthdate? Get over it. I have helped in the backroom overnight and its not so dark that you cant see what you are doing, thats why the LPDA has a light on it. And as far as the temperature, sure the air is not super cold but its better than working outside in the hot sun. I have been at Target for a long time and it is true that everyone, even the store team leader, is dispensable. The problem these days with people like you is that you want a paycheck without having to really work for it.

  • Ih
      20th of Aug, 2009
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    The logistics team is forced to work in semi-darkness, an impossible task when being expected to sort and classify merchandise.

    The air conditioning is not turned on to appropriate levels until minutes before opening. The workers are worked, "faster, faster", while being denied appropriate access to water, and bathroom breaks.

    Yes i have to agree with you on this.

    I have been told that i am not allowed to have a drink of water while i work and we are expected to work in hot humid conditions. At the end of the shift we are all sweaty and its not nice for customers to have to come into a store and smell stale sweat

    semi-darkness is also a big issue, even when unloading the trucks. I got hit in the face by a box one morning and they never even gave me the correct papers to take to the doctors when i went to get a check up, so had to drive back to work to get the papers. They even said that they would pay me for the time i missed and then after filling out a time sheet i never got paid. But i didnt have proof that i filled it out, as when i hand it in i have no idea where it has gone.

  • La
      8th of Dec, 2009
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    Laura, you sound like a lame-###.

    What if you don't want people to know about your birthday? What if you don't want people to know about your personal life.

    I knew a woman who developed problems with her kidneys because her manager wouldn't allow her to use the restroom when she needed to. Now she's got many health problems.

    Just because some corporation pays you by the hour, doesn't mean they own you. It also doesn't mean that that person, who is having physical issues with heat, lack of light, or need to use the toilet - is lazy.

    It just means that YOU have been bought, and have become a Target Nazi.

    If workers are sweating so much that the boxes they are stacking become slippery, it's a work hazard. If there isn't enough light to see where you are stocking, or where you are stepping -- it's another hazard.

    It also doesn't help when managers are abusive. Managers will grill you for personal information so they can use it against you later. They like to know where you are weak so they can kill whatever is left of your spirit.

    Laura, I bet you answered the Unicru test on your own, without even looking for the answers on-line. I bet they put you in the "green" pile right away.

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