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« Reply #390 on: Dec 31st, 2012, 4:21pm »

This has been a terrible year for me due to (amongst other things) constant car repairs and a constant decrease in work pay and hours. I hope 2013 doesn't suck as much.
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« Reply #391 on: Jan 4th, 2013, 08:33am »

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« Reply #392 on: Mar 6th, 2013, 1:51pm »

Seeing as this is the most 'random' topic on here:

I'm starting my PhD in September 2013. In London, Ontario, Canada! You know how f'ing close that is to all of you? We could meet at comic conventions without me flying for more than 10 hours from here (Belgium and The Netherlands).

I'll be investigating how our brains process musical information, rhythms in particular. Soon you guys will be able to read more gems like this one.

So. F'ing. Excited.
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« Reply #393 on: Mar 6th, 2013, 3:26pm »

on Mar 6th, 2013, 1:51pm, TheMidnighter wrote:
I'm starting my PhD in September 2013.



Congrats, D! Or, soon to be Dr. D.
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« Reply #394 on: Jul 28th, 2013, 12:17pm »

.... and 2013 is even worse. Target is to the point where they constantly change the rules and nothing is ever right. It's affected me mentally that I'm just exhausted when I get home and I find it hard to focus on having a life. I feel like the nine years I've been there was all for nothing.

I really like working with the vendors who visit the store since they have a drive to succeed unlike the people I work with who just pass their work off (usually to me). The Hasbro rep told me there was a job opening up and put it a word for me. The following week he comes in along with his district manager to see how I operate. He gave me his card and told me to call with any questions.

I called and found out about the position. It's basically part time work and I would make 50% less compared to my [barely] fulltime position at Target (even though Hasbro pays more per hour). There is no health insurance because I am part time; however, there are fulltime hours during seasonal work in October-December. He offered me to think about the position for a few days and call him back with my decision. If I accept the job, I would start in mid August.

I don't know what to do. Getting the Target job was hard enough but the Hasbro job would put more wear on my car (I would travel 30 minutes on the interstate to start work) and less wear on me physically (i.e. less scrapes and tearing of my clothes). It also sounds like it is less stressful except for the money part and the lack of insurance. It would also mean I would have to give up my gym membership which I have not used much thanks to Target's aggressiveness. I regret every day when I feel like I can't go.

I want to leave Target by October no matter what. Last Halloween, I nearly ripped my fingers and arms off trying to get something done without equipment (which, btw, is becoming the norm when people in other departments are hiding them). I don't want to go through that again and would rather be unemployed. Hell, I don't even know how to even put in a two week's notice.

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« Reply #395 on: Jul 28th, 2013, 9:38pm »

Man, that's a crappy situation to be in. I've been at the same job for 12 years now. All my adult life. I don't know anything else, but sometimes, I feel like I need out. Pay is good, benefits are good, people I work with are good.
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« Reply #396 on: Jul 29th, 2013, 09:22am »

I cannot advice you to stay at a place you feel like crap. Don't think the Hasbro position will forever be part-time. It might be.

Think of it this way: they would take a larger risk if they offered you a full-time job, with all the perks and insurance that comes with it, immediately. It's less risky for Hasbro to offer you a part-time position. That way, they take less risk but you can still prove yourself. Hopefully, it's a position you can grow in.

If the Hasbro offer gives you the opportunity to spend more time on what you actually enjoy at Target (e.g., talking to vendors) and you spend more time with people that want to excel in life, I'd say it might not be a bad choice to take the job. especially if you feel you cannot grow more in Target and Hasbro does offer that opportunity.
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« Reply #397 on: Jul 31st, 2013, 06:34am »

When I talked to the Hasbro manager originally, he said there wasn't much growth opportunity (a couple of sites that review the company said the same thing). I think a lot of what you said is right, especially about this eventually becoming fulltime and this being an opportunity to prove myself.

On Monday, I mentioned my interest in putting in a two week notice to the H.R. person and she freaked out. She wants to try and remedy the situation where she would get with them to change things and get with me on Thursdays to follow up.

It sounds nice, but how do I know if things don't revert back? I said this to her and she wants me to give them a chance and if things really don't work, I am free to give notice.

Part of me still wants to leave though. Too bad I don't know if the new job would be a sure thing that becomes a better choice.

I did not mention the Hasbro offer to her (she did ask if I was getting another job to which I said no). I found out that another person who put in their two week's and has since left was not convinced to stay by HR like I was.

In an ironic twist, the district manager who oversees the stores in the county resigned on Monday. Supposedly it was because the feedback scores from employees was so low that she felt embarrassed and left. She was with the company longer than me.

But after talking with Mom, it looks like I am going to stay with them since Hasbro is not offering health insurance for part timers. Add that with the constant problems I have with the car (for a while I was spending $500 a month on repairs) and my fate is revealed. The Hasbro manager wanted me to give him an answer in a few days while it's been a week now. Based on that, I'm probably looking bad in his eyes already.

BTW, I shared my situation with another message board I'm a part of and they said go with Hasbro too (although I did not reveal the lack of insurance part). Mom is the only one who said differently. Seems like she wants me to work more for the money.

It's a shame too. I think saying I work for Hasbro sounds better than saying I work for Target. I will probably see the Hasbro vendor at work today. I'm thinking if I did tell H.R. I received an offer with them, then I would be re-assigned so I couldn't help them when they come into the store anymore.
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« Reply #398 on: Jul 31st, 2013, 10:42am »

Things to consider:
1. work sucks. No matter what you do, no matter where you work, it sucks. If it didn't, they wouldn't have to pay you to show up and do it.

2. you spend a lot of time at work. A LOT. If it's full time, at least 40 hours per week.

Basically, it's about finding the place that sucks the least comparatively.
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« Reply #399 on: Aug 1st, 2013, 04:07am »

Is it only a short period you've disliked working at Target or have you wrestled with it for a much longer time? If it's only a short while, you might figure it could be only temporary.

I don't necessarily agree with snipe's comment that work "sucks." Sure, you won't always enjoy work. Hell, you'll loathe going to work at times. I doubt snipe meant this but the way his comments are worded, it might sound as if you should be happy with work and pay no matter how shitty you feel doing it.

I feel there should be at least some enjoyment, and you should strive for a positive 'Enjoyment : Spite' ratio. My brother says he states a ratio for himself he will be content with (e.g., 60% good, 40% sucky) and that job will be enough. You might not agree, you might look for another ratio but it does exemplify the point I want to make: work will never be amazing all the time, but find a balance of joy and dislike that works for you. If your work at Target doesn't reach the minimum enjoyment you want/need/crave, I don't think it will be worth the time of your life you spend on it.

Now, like I said, I don't necessarily think snipe meant you should work even if you hate it 100% of the time, but I would attest to the claim that work will, at times, always suck.

Unless you get paid for being fed by and receive physical pleasure from beautiful girls. but I haven't heard of any such endeavor.
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« Reply #400 on: Sep 10th, 2013, 7:44pm »

Of the 9 1/2 years I've been there, I'd say this feeling of disgust started three years ago but it truly hit me physically last year. I've since tried to walk out twice with different people stopping me with promises on how "it's only temporary".

Since my last post, I went ahead and called the Hasbro manager to deny the offer.
I mentioned that the HR person wanted to try to work things out and if it was any consolation, I can still help them when they come into the store. He thanked me for calling him and said he would keep my name on file for future reference. Even without the insurance, I would have taken the position. If I knew the car would be more dependable (it hasn't given me problems since June), it would have made the decision easier.

Since then it has been hell at Target. As I suspected, things worked for about a week. My scheduled hours are random and I'm constantly covering people's breaks (no one still covers mine so I've hit meal compliance multiple times). If I try to get out of something, I'm told I'm the only person available. Even if people are there, it takes multiple calls to get an answer from someone - even if I'm not the one calling for someone. Communication is terrible (it's more like yelling than speaking) and the management seems to make up rules as they go. I am so ready to leave this place.

I heard some good things about Linkedin and my uncle sent me an invite so I am starting to create a profile. I'm noticing people I haven't heard from in a while are members. I guess it doesn't hurt to put something down and see if a better opportunity opens.
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« Reply #401 on: Sep 11th, 2013, 05:15am »

Are there any other Targets in your area that you could transfer to? Maybe it's just yours.
Not trying to take up for them - I have no idea. With that much time vested, it'd be a shame to just walk away.
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« Reply #402 on: Sep 12th, 2013, 06:35am »

The only stores around are super stores. People have been leaving since January- whether it was to go to those (announced as recently as last week where a team member is becoming an HR at a "nearby" store) or someplace entirely like the Super Walmart that opened down the street earlier this year. One guy left Electronics to work security for said Walmart while another moved out of state. Right now my Target is sandwiched between two Walmarts which are closer to other Targets.

I was looking for openings in Palm Beach since we were supposedly going to move up there. That's why the Hasbro gig was so inviting to me; that job would be in the vicinity so the long drives wouldn't be as long once the move happened.

I really don't want to stay with Target for the rest of my life. Between all the people coming and going and telling me how surprised they are that I'm still there, the place is more of a stepping stone for something better. Hell, my original plan was to work there and use the money towards college. I was doing that for the longest time until my pay was reduced and the car bills increased. It also didn't help that I wasn't completely sure what I would pursue afterwards (I am six credits away from getting my associates) and hearing news of people who can't find jobs even with a degree.

I'm thinking of making Monday my last day - just in time for my birthday.
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« Reply #403 on: Sep 17th, 2013, 8:29pm »

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I finally got my visa approved. My girlfriend's visa application was processed as well so coming Saturday, I'm flying towards the continent most of you guys and gals are living. I've never been close to the American continent and you've probably lived there most of your life. Crazy.

CIC and their f'ing strike. I should've been in Canada for at least a month now.
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« Reply #404 on: Sep 17th, 2013, 9:02pm »

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