You’ve most likely been to a Target before—after all, there are around 1,800 stores across the country. And you might even be a little obsessed with the company—after all, Target makes well-designed products affordable for the everyday consumer. But in between trips to the store to stock up, have you ever thought about what’s going on behind the scenes—and what it might be like to not just shop there but work there?
Well, in downtown Minneapolis, MN, there is a whole team of people working to ensure the consumer experience is constantly improving. And to do this, the folks at Target are embracing new technology and collaborating with the likes of MIT’s Media Lab and TOMS. “I was just really excited to hear about the technology transformation at Target,” shares Ashley Montgomery, who works on the Technology Leadership Program. “Target is becoming more agile and embracing DevOps, which is really exciting. And I can tell that technology is really important to the future of Target.”
The success of its new projects, such as migrating Target.com to the cloud, is driven by the positive and supportive culture at the company. Says Roberto Devet, Lead Software Engineer, “The office culture at Target is really fun. It’s very collaborative. You’re able to walk up to other team members and they are very willing to help. Teams feel really open to discuss with you any questions or concerns with the projects.”
While Target is extremely team-oriented, management also encourages employees to grow on their own. “Our management style is a lot about empowerment. And it’s about giving you, as a person on our team, the tools that you need to make the decisions that you need to make to move your product and move your code forward. My job is to give you the guard rails and the general direction. How you get there and the decisions that you make are all up to you and the team that you’re on,” explains E.B. Hakkinen, Lead Scrum Master.
If you are a curious and innovative individual who is not afraid to ask questions, Target may be the next place for you.
Check out Target’s offices, then go get your next job.
Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author