When I meet with new people at work, we generally like to share how long we’ve been with Target and an area or two that we have worked in. Whenever people share that they recently joined Target after working somewhere else, I am always extremely curious—what do you see as the biggest differences at Target? I take pride in the fact that I have worked at Target for my entire career, but naturally, I am curious about other company cultures.
One thing that people regularly mention is our feedback culture. Unlike some companies where you get your performance review once a year and that’s the one and only time where you talk about development, we talk about performance and development a lot.
I have a quarterly meeting with my manager to discuss my strengths and opportunities and how things are going. In addition to that scheduled time, my manager, another leader, a partner, or a peer may at any time share feedback with me. This can be in the form of recognition, “Wow, I am impressed with how you handled that tough question” or sometimes as feedforward, which is something to work on in the future. Even though I often receive ideas about things to work on, Target is definitely a “soar with your strengths” kind of place and I’ve definitely experienced that.
All in all, I would say that our feedback culture has led me to grow my skillset extremely quickly and it keeps me motivated and excited to work for Target.
*the picture is of the Coolest Crustacean Award- it’s a traveling piece of recognition on my team
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