Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,755 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.
What makes Target military friendly?
Target takes a holistic and integrated approach to supporting the military and their families through team member recruitment and retention initiatives as well as innovative community partnerships focused on connecting returning veterans with service opportunities and improving educational outcomes for military children.
With nearly 1,000 team members currently deployed on military duty, the Target Military Service Network is a growing resource that offers outreach and support to these service members and their families. We also provide benefits for activated reservists that exceed those required by law, including pay differential and optional medical coverage for dependents.
Target partners with a variety of military-focused community organizations, with a specific emphasis on improving educational outcomes for military children. For example, on Veteran’s Day 2010, we partnered with The Mission Continues to bring together more than 1,000 Target team members and returning veterans for a day of volunteering in 11 schools in 11 different cities. We also support United Through Reading, which helps parents and children stay connected while separated during long deployments, and Our Military Kids, which provides grants for enrichment activities and tutoring to children of deployed or injured National Guard members.
Marvin Hamilton U.S. Army Officer, West Point Graduate
Group Director – Distribution, Target
Marvin Hamilton says the military is in his DNA— his father retired as colonel after serving 30 years in the Army, his brother was an Army officer, and an uncle served 30 years in the Navy. So when he was beginning the next chapter of his career after seven years as an Army officer, Hamilton knew Target’s team-focused culture would play to his strengths.
The West Point graduate found a good match in the nation’s
second largest general merchandise retailer, where he says the leadership structure, focus on development, and collaborative team dynamics made for a natural transition from the Army. Now, 19 years later, Hamilton is one of Target’s most zealous ambassadors.
“I passionately believe in Target,” he says. “This is a good company that cares about the community, its people, leadership development, and the diversity that people bring to the job.”
He was also attracted to Target’s philanthropic roots—Target has given five percent of its income to the community since 1946—a quality Hamilton describes as noble. “Target’s sense of community and duty transcends simple dollars and cents,” he says.
Hamilton, a group director in Target’s distribution network, was excited for the robust logistics experience that Target offers. A career in supply chain was a natural segue from the roles he held while stationed in Korea and Sacramento.
He likens his first role as a group leader at Target’s Woodland, Calif., distribution center (DC) to that of a combined officer and NCO. He drew from his military experience and set up his teams with peer leaders, similar to NCOs. As a supervisor, Hamilton enjoyed getting to know his team and working with his peers across other functional areas of the DC. His next role required him to lead several front-line supervisors, similar to a company commander’s duties. And later as a general manager of the DC in Albany, Ore., which employs about 400 team members, Hamilton found that the leadership scope was similar to that of a battalion commander.
In 2001, Hamilton led the start-up of Target’s first import warehouse (IW) in Ontario, Calif., an exciting challenge that allowed him to stretch his entrepreneurial muscles.
“It was a great opportunity to ensure that the building started up with the right culture—high standards of how we were going to treat each other like a family,” he says. “This matched with an intense need to compete and excel at everything we did. We started from scratch with a very talented group of people who hadn’t worked together before. That kind of sweeping change doesn’t happen too often.”
During that assignment, he found similarities between Target’s results-driven culture and the military’s mission-oriented approach. “There’s more than one right way to get up the hill, but at the end of the day you have to process the freight to accomplish the mission,” he says.
But Hamilton tempers that with a higher guiding motto: mission first, people always. He points out that Target, a company of more than 355,000, and the Army, nearly 600,000 strong, share the same focus when it comes to our people—they’re our most precious asset. In fact, the majority of Target team members are located across the country in 1,755 stores—a network that affords team members many opportunities for career development and growth.
Hamilton went on to support the start-up of two other IWs and served as an IW general manager for seven years before being promoted to his current role. Although he is based at headquarters, his field-focused role has him traveling frequently to interact with distribution center leaders.
Field leaders at Target distribution centers and stores use their business, leadership and people skills to inspire exceptional performance while ensuring team member satisfaction and great guest service. They help create a fast-paced, energetic environment that delivers a consistent Target brand experience for team members and guests.
Hamilton says successful leaders in the military and retail aren’t that different: they enjoy working with people and approach their work with a selfless attitude.
Career Opportunities for Veterans
At Target, you can expect the best—a unique culture, a well-known brand, opportunities to grow and a great company reputation. We offer an inclusive, collaborative and energetic work environment that rewards those who perform. We deliver engaging, innovative and on-trend experiences for our team members and our guests. We invest in our team members' futures by developing leaders and providing a breadth of opportunities for professional development. It takes the best to become the best, and we are committed to building a team that does the right thing for our guests, shareholders, team members and communities.