At Nordstrom, Inc., 83 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 905 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.72. It was published on Sep 30, 2016. 20555 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I can be myself around here.

What They Do

We asked Nordstrom, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are a leading fashion specialty retailer offering compelling clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. We're proud to serve customers online and in our more than 320 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Seattle, Washington US Sites: 352
Major Locations: Cedar Rapids, Iowa; San Diego, California; Los Angeles, California US Employees: 67,812
US Revenues: $14,095 million Worldwide Revenues: $14,095 million
Employees Worldwide: 69,542 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: JWN Founded: 1901

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Nordstrom employees before a store opening

Perks and Programs

We asked Nordstrom, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Employee Discount: Beginning on their first day working at Nordstrom, all employees (and their eligible dependents) receive a 20 percent discount at Nordstrom stores, Rack stores,, and Managers, and others who have received specific recognition, receive a 33 percent discount in Nordstrom stores and online. Employees also receive a 20 percent discount at Spa Nordstrom, Monday through Wednesday, and discounts are available every day at Nordstrom restaurants, cafés and specialty coffee bars. Three times a year—for one week each in February, May and September—employees enjoy an extra 40 percent discount on all Nordstrom Product Group (NPG) merchandise.
  • Employee Charitable Match Program: Nordstrom will match eligible personal donations employees make to charity, beginning at $25. Nordstrom will match a total of $5,000 per employee per fiscal year.
  • Wellness Program and Incentive: Nordstrom offers on-site events, screenings and health assessments, and other resources to encourage employees to take charge of their health. Employees can save up to $300 on their medical plan premiums each year through the company’s Wellness Incentive.
  • New Parent Programs: Nordstrom reimburses employees up to $2,000 for adoption expenses for each attempted or successful adoption, up to an $8,000 lifetime maximum. Employees or their partners who enroll in the Beginning Right® Maternity Program can earn a $400 Nordstrom gift card to help them stock up on baby basics.
  • 401(k: Employees are eligible to receive company matching contributions to their 401(k) after one year of employment. The Company’s profit-based contribution is made in the form of an additional match contribution – up to 50 cents per dollar on the first 4% of compensation a participant contributes to the Plan.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP: As part of our Employee Stock Purchase Plan, eligible employees have an opportunity to purchase Nordstrom stock at a 10% discount off the closing market price on the date of purchase, subject to Plan limits.
  • Transit Subsidy: All Western Washington Nordstrom employees are eligible to receive up to $100 per month toward monthly transit expenses.
  • Sabbatical Program: Nordstrom offers an unpaid sabbatical leave to employees with 10 or more eligible years of service. Employees can take a sabbatical of up to six continuous weeks.
  • Top Seller Recognition: Each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our Top Sellers - the top 1% of salespeople across the company - by inviting them and a guest to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway. Employees can relax and also spend time with leaders in the company, learning more about our company and the future of our business.


$42,661 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Full-Line Salesperson $59,780 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Full-line Store Sales Department Manager
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 4% of an employee's salary77% Company-paid health coverage for employees (Eligible and enrolled employees. Eligibility for health benefits (medical, dental and disability) is determined by hours worked, on an ongoing cycle. Employees must average a certain number of hours over a measurement period in order to become and maintain eligibility.)
66% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (Eligible and enrolled employees. Eligibility for health benefits (medical, dental and disability) is determined by hours worked, on an ongoing cycle. Employees must average a certain number of hours over a measurement period in order to become and maintain eligibility.) 76% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Restricted stock units to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Health insurance for retirees


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Banking
  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes
  • Dry cleaning
  • Subsidized public transportation
Nordstrom Ridgedale, Minnetonka, Minnesota


22 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 19 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 6 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 10 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule
  • Job sharing
  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks


60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Job-protected paternity leave
$2,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (at some locations)


  • Executive Vice President, Human Resources is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Nordstrom Rack employees


Nordstrom at The Woodlands, Texas

How to Get Hired

We asked Nordstrom, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

For every role across our company, we want to hire candidates who are passionate about our business, have a curiosity to learn, a dedication to serving customers, and are interested in growing a career with Nordstrom. The world of fashion retail is constantly evolving, and we rely on our employees to help us find new, creative and innovative ways to meet the needs of our customers. For more specialized roles, we’re looking for relevant skills and capabilities as well. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We’re always impressed by applicants who can show that they’ve done their research and understand our business and who we are. We appreciate candidates who come prepared with ideas about ways we can better connect with, inspire and serve our customers, and can show how they have the experience and skills to help us do that.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

The majority of our employees work on the sales floor– it’s an area that continues to offer tremendous opportunities, particularly as we continue to open new Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada.   There is also a tremendous amount of new store growth happening at Nordstrom Rack, which is an important part of the career path for our future Nordstrom leaders. 

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

If you’re interested in a career with Nordstrom, we’d encourage you to network with our current employees who are working in the area that’s of interest to you. It’s the best way to learn about the company and the work that team does. Candidates can also visit our LinkedIn page, which has a lot of information about available positions and what’s going on at Nordstrom. Candidates can also head over to to learn more about specific opportunities and apply. 

hiring Outlook

63,000 Job openings forecast for coming year 0% Job Growth
14 Average applicants per opening 400,102 Applications received
62,016 Positions filled in past year 33% New hires by employee referrals
3,100 New positions created 10,322 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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