466 Hours of Worker Overtime Equals One Hour of CEO Pay
466 Hours of Worker Overtime Equals One Hour of CEO Pay
CEO Gregg Steinhafel's total compensation: $19.7 million.
Sales floor team member: $8.29 an hour.
How long a crew member would have to work to make CEO annual pay: 2.4 million hours or 1,143 years.
CEO Michael Duke's total compensation: $18.1 million.
Average sales associate salary: $8.84 an hour.
How long a crew member would have to work to make CEO annual pay: 2.1 million hours or 986 years.
CEO Brian Dunn's total compensation: $7.1 million.
Average sales associate salary: $9.73 an hour.
How long a crew member would have to work to make CEO annual pay: 730,000 hours or 350 years.
Don't forget to look at these Target sites:
This blog site might be of interest to you if want to find out about Target and how poorly they treat their employees and customers. We have nearly 300 enteries here and links to many other stories and sites.
Keep in mind that this is the blog that Target tried to close down for 23 months but could not do that. Their case was tossed out of Federal Court in Atlanta 7/16/08 by Judge Clarence Cooper.
(for details on dismissal see:
http://targetfiling.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-post.html and on the origin of the case see: http://targetfiling.blogspot.com/2006/09/target-corp-vs-john-doe.html, or http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2006/09/18/story7.html?page=all and http://people.tribe.net/442a2f6d-35a5-4739-b343-4f3787ef0d39/blog/6e3750f1-c3f7-4eeb-98e5-d74d1fce9bcc)
The 3 Plaintiff's allege 5 causes of action:
1) Harassment based on race in violation of FEHA,
2) Discrimination based on race in violation of FEHA,
3) Retaliation in violation of FEHA,
4) Failure to prevent in violation of FEHA,
5) Discrimination based on age in violation of FEHA
Direct link to 27 page complaint is: http://media.sacbee.com/smedia/2013/07/10/13/10/mdD9f.So.4.pdf
Direct link to this article at: http://tinyurl.com/lcr7wnm
Later, Gonzalez, Fabian and Garcia-Ayala were fired. All three claim that their terminations were racially motivated.
Workers Outraged at Target's 'Cultural Tips'
Courthouse News Service, By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM
Monday, July 08, 2013Last Update: 9:28 AM PT
WOODLAND, Calif. (CN) - Target's offensive "multi-cultural tips" for managers inform bosses that not all Hispanic employees eat tacos, dance to salsa or wear sombreros, former employees say in Superior Court.
Robert Gonzalez, Bulmaro Fabian and Pedro Garcia-Ayala sued Target Corp. in Yolo County Court.
They claim they suffered crude harassment, discrimination and retaliation at work, and that Target's tips for managers are offensive in themselves.
"Target provided its distribution warehouse managers a document titled, 'Organization Effectiveness, Employee and Labor Relations Multi-Cultural Tips,'" the complaint states. "This document instructs managers to note differences among Hispanic employees, and states the following:
"a. Food: not everyone eats tacos and burritos;
"b. Music: not everyone dances to salsa;
"c. Dress: not everyone wears a sombrero;
"d. Mexicans (lower education level, some may be undocumented);
"e. Cubans (Political refugees, legal status, higher education level); and
"f. They may say 'OK, OK' and pretend to understand, when they do not, just to save face."
The plaintiffs claim that nearly all the management positions were held by Caucasians, who regularly used racial slurs while addressing Hispanic employees, such as "Only a 'wetback' can work this hard," "You got to be Mexican to work like this," and "What the hell, I'm already sweating like a Mexican," the employees say in the complaint.
Gonzalez claims that he complained to human resources, and his supervisors retaliated for it.
He claims his manager, Terry McCafee, "began using more racial epithets when instructing Gonzalez on his work and would purposefully throw boxes on the ground and then order Gonzalez to pick them up in an attempt to humiliate Gonzalez amongst his colleagues."
McCafee is not a defendant. The only defendant is the corporation and Does 1-100.
All three employees say they were fired with racial animus; Gonzalez and Faiban, both 58, state that their age was also a factor.
They seek punitive damages for harassment, failure to prevent harassment, age and race discrimination and retaliation.
They are represented by Simerdip Khangura with the Law Offices of Ilija Cvetich in Sacramento.
Here is a Target attempt at damage control.
Subject: Your Inquiry to Target®
Date: 7/12/2013 3:56:20 P.M. EDT
Dear Target Guest,
It’s never Target's intent to offend our team members or guests and we apologize. The content of the document referenced is not representative of who Target is. We strive at all times to be a place where our team and guests feel welcome, valued and respected. This document, which was used during conversations at one distribution center, was never part of any formal or company-wide training.
Target is firmly committed to diversity and inclusivity in our workplace. We never tolerate or condone discrimination in any form, and have extensive policies and procedures in place to prevent discrimination.
Target Guest Relations www.target.com
The June 24, 27 page filing, is available at: http://media.sacbee.com/smedia/2013/07/10/13/10/mdD9f.So.4.pdf
14 pages are the original complaint and the remainder are 2 exhibits, the 2nd one contains the offensive document.
How did this work out for them? Take a look further down this blog at the Oct 1, 2012 post or for more details see the seperate blog site of Lavonne C. Beckford v. Target Corporation at: http://beckfordvtarget.blogspot.com
An Arizona case that started out in a local court and was transferred to Federal Court.
A former manager said: "It was understood that I could hire someone 10 years younger than these people, at half the pay, and they had college degrees. I'd sit during the management meetings, and we'd identify who is a 'blocker'—which meant they needed to leave the company . . . "We were told to figure out how to get rid of these blockers that cost too much money,"
see this Tucson Weekly article in full at: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/getting-the-ax/Content?oid=1830574
The NY Times in an extensive April 2nd article titled 'Retailers Track Employee Thefts in Vast Databases' report that Target is one major retail chain that secretly uses the Esteem data base to decide if applicants should be hired.
The 'vast data base' contains extensive documentation of 'alledged admissions', most which never involved any actual theft or any prosecution. The database is "a secret blacklist," Mr. Irv Ackelsberg, a lawyer at Langer, Grogan & Diver
said. "The employees don’t know about it until they have already been hurt."
". . . the databases, which are legal, are facing scrutiny from labor lawyers and federal regulators, who worry they are so sweeping that innocent employees can be harmed. The lawyers say workers are often coerced into confessing, sometimes when they have done nothing wrong, without understanding that they will be branded as thieves. . . Such statements may contain no outright admission of guilt"
Been denied a job at Target and don't know why? You might be on their Blacklist. Take a look at this NY Times article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/business/retailers-use-databases-to-track-worker-thefts.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp
On one message board a Tarbutt AP person posted that those in the stores just considered the Directives to be 'suggestions'. So clearly individual AP operations in the stores are not carefully vetted and the AP can act like cowboys and run after and tackle suspects.
Below is a story and video from a Fox station in Florida which is very typical of how Tarbutt security works, in this case one guard dies later of a heart attack.
If the stop had been handled as outlined in their Directives they would have had their suspect arrested with no scuffle and probably the guard would be around today.
After guard dies, accused shoplifter charged with murder
6/19/12 By: Deborah Bowden, FOX 13 News -
TAMPA (FOX 13) -
It could have been a simple shoplifting charge, but a man accused of stealing goods from a Target may face serious time in prison.That's because the security guard who chased and tackled him collapsed and died of a heart attack.Now the accused shoplifter faces a third-degree felony murder charge, and a minimum of 10 years in prison.
It all unfolded at the Target store on West Hillsborough Avenue on May 27, 2011. Security cameras zeroed in on Mervin Bettis almost immediately. You see him looking around; then he reaches for the shelves.
Hillsborough detectives say he's shoplifting more than $1,100 worth of merchandise. Moments later, the video shows him walking right past the checkout lines and out the door.
He doesn't get far. First, a loss prevention officer grabs him; then, the store's security guard rushes up.
All three fall to the ground in the struggle. This is where it might have ended: a simple shoplifting bust. But just seven minutes later, the security guard you see in the video collapses from a heart attack and dies, turning this into a case of third degree murder.
Store employees say the security guard, 65-year-old Russell Horner, was out of breath and walking oddly. Just as he steps out of the camera's view, investigators say he collapsed.
"If you're going to commit a crime and somebody dies, we're going to hold you responsible for that, and that's what we have here. It's a death that occurs in the commission of a felony," said Tampa defense attorney Jeff Brown.
Brown is not involved in the case, but has handled several high profile trials. He says if he were defending Bettis, he would question connecting Bettis' actions with the guard's death.
"I think my first defense might be, well, this death didn't occur as a consequence of it. It happened afterwards. And I think we fight the whole battle as to how remote is too remote," Brown said. "Is it seven minutes, as in this case? What happens if that night he went home and had the heart attack? Is it five or six hours? I think that's where you fight the battle."
Brown says prior medical problems don't matter in the eyes of the law, and neither does intent. Even if the suspect didn't mean for anyone to get hurt, he's still on the hook.
"It doesn't matter. The law says look, this is what happened as a consequence of what you did and that's where you fight the battle when this goes to trial. If it goes to trial, that's what the jury will be wrestling with," he said.
If Bettis had just stolen the merchandise, with a clean record, he could have gotten off with just probation.
But instead, because someone died, he's facing hard time: a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, if not 15.
For the article and to play the video click on this link: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18600029/after-guard-dies-accused-shoplifter-charged-with-murder
Here are some other Tarbutt videos for those who have nothing better to do:
Target Shoplifter tackled:
Falls/Arrests 7 min:
Shoplifting 42 seconds:
Target Crime Lab, Mn. (ABC)
7 min of shoplifting and guy gets away with it:
Shopping Cart Screw Up:
Loading Up at Tarbutt Shoplifting Arrest:
7 fights 2 accidents
How to remove security tags
How to remove ink tags (Sensormatic)
Other Target Sites FYI:
1) Tell me about a time when you exerted extra effort to help a guest.
2) Describe how you think that product out of stocks can be proactively prevented in the store.
3) Tell me about the last time you missed a deadline and why.
4) Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something with little help or direction from others.
5) Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something unexpected or on short notice.
6) Tell me about a time when you had to learn a new skill that was important for your job.
7) Tell me what you think is the significance or importance of maintaining the Target store image.
8) Tell me about a time when you were dissatisfied with the appearance of your work area and what you did to improve it?
Interviewer Questions for Executive Team Leader Human Resources
1) Tell me about a time that you were part of a group that did not work together as well as it should have.
2) Tell me about a time when you went all out to make your store, or work area, look presentable.
3) Tell me about a time when you had to shift attention between multiple activities that competed for your time.
4) Tell me about a work program or project that was not running well and what you did about it.
5) Tell me about a time when you had to shift attention between multiple activities that competed for your time.
6) Tell me about a time when you addressed a safety concern.
7) Tell me about the last time you had too much to do and too little time to do it.
8) Tell me about a time you investigated your work area for possible improvements.
9) Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult guest or co-worker.
Interviewer Questions for Store Team Leader
1) Tell me about a time when you executed a plan in a timely manner.
2) Tell me about a time when you were unable to help someone.
3) What do you view as the biggest challenge regarding in-stocks in a Target store?
4) Tell me about a time when you asked for feedback that would improve your performance.
5) Tell me about a time when you had to drive a change that was not well received by others.
6) Tell me about the last time you took a project that was a stretch of your skill set.
7) Tell me about a time when you had to introduce yourself to someone new and how you handled this situation?
8) Describe a situation when your planning led to a favorable outcome.
Thanks to Dave K for providing this info. If you have confidential Tarbut info send it to me for publication.
Their stores are big and bright and somehow more "upscale" than Wal-Mart or Kmart. But behind that chipper-looking exterior lurks a company that can be downright mean-spirited when its customers run into even the slightest problem.
Target's spiteful returns and exchanges policy, in particular, is making it the target of some pretty heated rhetoric from its former customers.
See the site at: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/retail/target_stores.htm
and of course you can find many complaints on the Rip Off Report at http://www.ripoffreport.com under 'Target Stores', 'Target Corporation' etc.
“Hey, do you post Target Sucks customer stories? Or do you know where I should post this? I have been a happy Target customer. Until now. Now I think Target sucks. I received an iTrip as a Christmas gift. It was purchased at Target. The product is defective. Target won't take it back because I don't have a receipt (it was a gift!) Target's policy: no receipt, no exchange."
Mr. Doe says:
1) Complaints Try the consumer sites:
http://badbusinessbureau.com or http://www.measuredup.com/company/Target.com-9210971/Reviews/Consumer-Complaint-1 these are consumer sites and you can put it on them and you should forward a copy of the posted complaints to Tarbutt, various email addresses for HQ drones are on my site FYI,
2) Guerrilla Warefare Action
Since the item is defective and they still sell the product with slightly different packaging this is real easy. Go to a different Tarbutt store and buy a brand new one of the same item you already have, use a charge card (not a debit card), wait a few days and take the 'old' non working item back with the 'new' packaging and the receipt. Just tell them you are returning the broken item as it doesn't work. You get a refund on your card for the broken one and you keep the 'new one' for yourself.
Keep in mind Jason, that Tarbutt thinks that anyone who returns something without a receipt stole the item, that is just how the morons think.
Thanks for the question and for reading my blog and Hey Jason, that will be 2 bananas.
You really should believe me. Here is another example, where Target gives out coupons at the register for items that the store dosen't even stock.
There are no 20 or 22 count single serve packets of Tasters Choice/Nescafe.
Closest was 8 count which is not useful for redeeming the coupon.
My conclusion? TARGET SUCKS!
The first Target store opened in Roseville, Minnesota in 1962 and since then the company has grown to 1,772 stores across 49 states.
Some 355,000 workers are employed at Target and the average sales team member earns a little more than $8 an hour.
The average shopper at Target is 40 years old and has a household income of $64,000. Some 43 per cent have children at home.
Misc. 'Amazing' Tarbutt Quotes from customers:
lol $8 an hour? they are kidding right? Do you really think someone getting paid so little really cares? lol -Fracis JOnes, tampa, United States, 2/10/2012
How about paying your employees better, for starters? - drago42, Gary IN, 10/2/2012
The CEO of Target was paid $24 million last year in salary, bonuses and stock options, while the performance of the stock was mediocre at best. Assuming that one of his 99-percenter "team members" works full-time for 2000 hours in a year at $8 an hour, that's $16,000. The CEO's pay equals that of 1500 of the serfs, put together. I assume that if he's fired by the board of directors, his golden parachute is worth a whole lot more that the two-weeks-notice-and-out-the-door one of the serfs will see upon being laid off to join the reserve army of the unemployed. Welcome to Amazing! - The Western Breed, California, United States, 10/1/2012
I don't care for an amazing attitude, just an employee who knows where to find things. Unfortunately, most of them do not. And it's not their fault. It's the company's fault for not keeping them around long enough to learn where to find things. If it was such an amazing place to be, the turnover would not be so high. - NYCER, New York, 10/2/2012
Frankly, I think the CEO of Target needs to do a couple of stints as an "Undercover Boss". See how many people he dazzles on minimum wage. Puh Lease!!!! - sorryfornoticing , Los Angeles, 10/2/2012
Well, apparently I'm a wizard because every time I'm in a Target store I become INVISIBLE to the sales staff. - sorryfornoticing , Los Angeles, 10/2/2012
you know what would be AMAZING, Target? If you had more than one register open at any given time. - gryphonesse, Houston
Just as hotels should not call their guests "customers", a goods store company should not call his customers "guests", since they are not. A guest involves someone that one invites over for entertainment purposes, a meal, or to sleep over. - Nicholas Palazzo, New York, 10/2012
What I find amazing is how bad Targets customer services is, check out clerks, managers, Corporate customer service. Amazing how well they seem to be able to hire people whom I Q and age match ,It's always a hassle about something What I also find amazing is Amazon. Amazingly good customer service, Nothing is too much trouble, any minor issues handled promptly.and efficiently So not so amazingly I shop at Amazon not Target. - Wendy, Stamford, 10/2012
The top brass at Target obviously have not visited any of their stores (as a customer not management) in the past several years if they think this manual will work.. Target's customer service has gone downhill so quickly in the past year or two & I'm not sure if its pay scale related or working conditions but their "team members" are definitely not happy campers & it shows in how they treat customers ( used to be called guests ).. - nana41, Manhattan NY, 10/2012
Target talking about customer service is laughable. I once bought about 6 items on Target.com, & paid using my credit card. They shipped each item separately, even though I chose the option to have them all shipped in as few shipments as possible. They put a hold on my card for the full amount, then each time they shipped an item charged me for the item that shipped and put a new hold on my card for the remainder, without clearing the previous hold. I ended up with hundreds of dollars tied up in "holds" that they refused to clear because "they would drop off automatically after 7 days." Unfortunately, that left me with no money to buy groceries or anything else until they all dropped off; they refused to do anything even though I was desperate and spent hours on the phone with various managers. That's where customer service matters, not some kid pretending to be your buddy. - morton20, NY, 10/2012
I had some salesperson follow me around a store the other day asking if she could help me. She said it the first time I picked something up. I said no thank you, I'm just looking, put the item down and moved away. I picked up a different item and she started in on what an amazing item that was. I repeated thank you, but I'm just looking right now. I had my ipod in my pocket from exercising so I put on my earbuds to discourage her so I could keep browsing. Undeterred, she followed me into the next department and gushed about their sales. I finally gave up and left without buying anything. If she had taken the hint the first time and let me browse on my own I probably would have bought something. - Me, Reading This, United States
the nearest target for me is 25 miles away----and definately not worth the drive. - sakara, penntucky, 10/2012
I miss the days of really good customer service when sales people would help you find things and then promptly get out of your way instead of asking personal questions and trying to be your new best friend. - Cherry, New York City, 10/2012
Obviously, this training program hasn't made it's way to my local Target store, where sales people walk right past while you're obviously looking for something. Where you stand and wait while two teenaged employees are busy discussing their weekend activities while glance at you with a "get lost" look. Hope it gets here soon. - Bluehenfan, North East, 10/2012
You know what would be "Amazing" to find at my local Target? If they ever had more than 2 lines open at one time. There's 25 registers for a store with easily 50,000 square feet and millions of dollars in stock... and it always takes 10 minutes to check out. The checkout is the customer's last, lingering impression of the store, and they always fail there. There's never a line to checkout at Amazon, though...- Tyler Haas, Fort Myers, United States, 10/2/2012
I don't like Target for the simple fact that all of their merchandise is made in China, and people wonder why our economy is hurting so bad. People need to raise their standards and buy USA only! - gibson29, anonsville, United States, 10/2/2012
One of my pet peeves about these stores is that they call me a guest. I am NOT a guest (if I were, I wouldn't be presented with a bill at the end). I am a customer. I don't want to be treated as a sales representative's best friend. I want courteous and knowledgeable service. I want reasonably priced goods, but am willing to pay more for better service. - Katharyn, Baltimore, 10/2/2012
Revealed: Target's toe-curling manual for 'amazing' sales assistants aimed at taking on competition from Amazon
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