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6 Reasons Why New Developers + Target Technology = People I Want to Work With

Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to work with many new Developers at Target. The problems they solve are just as diverse as their skills, background and expertise, but across each new Engineer are patterns that make them especially great to work with. Here are 6 reasons why they are leading technology at Target:

1. Hungry to learn new technologies – On my team we’re introducing new technologies all the time. Team Members new to the team are fearless to jump right in, figure it out, and become go to people for what they’ve learned. People like Danny who mastered Chef and Cassandra (and speaking about it this year at C* Summit); Matt who helped introduce the use of Packer, Consul, and Graphite; or Nick and Corey who’ve become go to people for infra as code techniques. They’re all perfect examples of tackling technologies and quickly becoming experts for the team.

2. Not afraid to question the norm to try and make things better – This guy, Alex, saw an opportunity to take a logging technology he mastered and applied it to our distribution centers outside of his normal work and without being asked to do it. He just saw the problem and jumped at the chance to make it better. It saved us a ton of money. He even wrote a blog about his experience and he spoke about it at a conference last month.

3. Not bashful to organize and lead – In many cases a new engineer’s only experience is in Agile methodologies, so they make great scrum masters. Katie is a person on our team who’s not afraid to step in, coordinate work across developers and clients, and use tools like Jira or GitHub issues to get the job done. She’s really good at it and sets a great example for others to follow.

4. Understand the importance of contributing back to open source – Hundreds of examples of this, so I just picked a random one to illustrate how second nature this is – Cody wants to make Chefspec better so he did. Not only Target benefits from Cody’s work here – the developer community gets the knowledge too. But so many people on the team understand that the benefit to the developer community will also be a benefit to Target in the long run as other ideas are shared. It’s just become the norm – I like that!

5. Create big change and pioneer it – Eddie helped create our internal wiki.target.com which currently has 145,995 articles and 1,676,841 edits by 16,987 users. Aaron launched the Target Tech blog. Jack created a Go web framework in use at Target. I also like how they do it without asking – they’re just drawn to it and make it happen!

6. Dive in, start coding, learn quickly – Here’s a super recent example: Ashley, Jiaqi, Katrina, and Alden — I’m looking in GitHub Enterprise and I can see they literally just joined it on June 24th and they’re already committing code and building a new API for api.target.com. They’re figuring out our dev standards, stack, Spring Boot, CI pipeline, ChatOps, etc. and they’re learning quickly!

Of course there are many more, but these are some of the reasons why I’m excited about the future of Engineering at Target.

  • Milagros

    October 19th, 2015

    Estoy interesaren trabajar pero no mucho inglGracias

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    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 19th, 2015

    Hola:

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  • Milagros

    October 19th, 2015

    Estoy interedada en forma parte de
    Ustedes gracias nose mucho ingles

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  • Milagros Erazo

    October 19th, 2015

    Estoy interesada en formar parte de su compania no se mucho ingles gracias millie

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    October 25th, 2015

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    October 25th, 2015

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    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 26th, 2015

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • Scott Halverson

    October 27th, 2015

    Great article, I’d like to see more of these! During my time at Target in the IT department I found the opposite happening. An internal groovy user group could barely get 5 people to come. All the developers were outsourced or overseas. If you were good at writing code you ended up in centers of excellence hubs by technology stack (such as websphere, control-m) far removed from the business. I like the change.

    Reply
  • Anurag Jain

    November 4th, 2015

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    please give this opportunity to me so that i can fulfill my dreams asap.

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  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    November 9th, 2015

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

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    December 17th, 2015

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    Pulse Blog Administrator

    December 18th, 2015

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Heather

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