Target to hire over 130,000 seasonal employees nation-wide; all central Illinois stores hiring


CENTRAL ILLINOIS, Ill.– Target is hiring over 130,000 seasonal team members nation-wide.

New team members’ minimum starting wage is $13/hour with flexible benefits.

In 2020, the minimum starting wage will be $15/hour.

Team members receive 10% team member discounts and 20% discounts for healthy items which includes the stores’ organic line, Good & Gather Organic.

Joe Poulos, Senior Director of Targets’ Communications Team, tells WMBD the store has added hundreds of millions of additional payroll hours over the last few years.

He adds many seasonal employees stay on at Target after the season is over.

This week, Business Insider released an article stating Target cut overnight shifts in some stores.

Poulos sent WMBD the following statement from the company.

“Our team has always been the cornerstone of our success, which is why we continue to invest significantly in wage and family-care benefits, along with hundreds of millions of additional payroll hours in our stores for increased training and staffing. We employ 360,000 team members, in addition to the more than 130,000 team members we’re hiring for the holidays, and the vast majority of our team members tell us that they appreciate the opportunities, experiences and training they get at Target. In fact, more than 80% of hourly team members report that our stores work to accommodate their schedules, and we’re proud of Target’s long history of investing in our team’s pay, benefits, schedules and career development.”

Joe Poulos | Senior Director of Communications Team

Poulos adds the reason for cutting back on overnight shifts is to increase the amount of employees stores have on sales floors.

A Bloomington Target team member, who wants to remain anonymous, says the backroom and overnight cuts have caused “An increase in daily workloads and is creating a stressful environment for both team members and customers.”

The source adds the store has not had overnight shifts for about two years, but recently the back room team was cut.

“The intention is to have one person that pulls, stocks, and maintains one area. While also assisting customers.”

When asked if there is now more responsibility for all team members, the source responded, “Exactly, yes. But with less hours and staff to complete heavier workloads.”

While the overnight shifts being cut is not a new idea, and most overnight employees were moved to days, it has still created some stress for employees during the day.

“Most were given the option to move to day shifts but the elimination of our back room specifically lead to a lot of team members choosing to leave the company.”

The employee adds that while responsibility increased, so did wages. They add it is part of Targets’ $15 for all employees plan.

Here is the link to apply for seasonal jobs at Target.

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