I've realized that I am not able to advance in the Target corporate culture. Any recommendations on corps in MSP where success depends on something other than palace intrigue and smiling optimism at senior leadership's bad ideas?
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Target has always had an artificial corporate culture. Fake, waste of time, talk about doing instead of doing and value draining conversations. You can do much better in companies like General Mills, 3M, Best Buy and Cargill. Stay away from UnitedHealth (horrid place), Ameriprise (politics to the top) and US bank (they will slash your throat on your first year and instill a culture of fear).
If you don't like the corporate culture at Target, make no mistake that what you don't like is corporate culture. 3M, Amazon, United Health, whatever - companies with thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of employees tend to have a similar mindset.
Rather than looking for a corporate position - look for a smaller company (employee less than 1,000) where you can get to be recognized for your work. That said, I've worked in companies of both sizes and you will never walk away from palace intrigue unless you work for yourself; although the intrigue can be easier to spot early.
I would definitely consider Amazon if they had jobs in my field here. Their recruiters never mention any options besides Seattle