At Nordstrom, Inc., 82 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1057 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.51. It was published on Sep 11, 2017. 41219 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I can be myself around here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

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 354 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, 98101 US Sites: 372
Major Locations: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52404; Los Angeles, California, 90015; San Bernardino, California, 92407; Chicago, Illinois, 60602; Dallas, Texas, 75225; San Diego, California, 92108 US Employees: 66,554
US Revenues: $14,498 million Worldwide Revenues: $14,498 million
Employees Worldwide: 69,178 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: JWN Founded: 1901

Chicago employees showing their Pride

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. Just before the holidays, employees enjoy House Party, a designated week during which they receive an enhanced discount. A 20% discount jumps to 30%, a 33% discount becomes 40%, and everyone gets 30% at the Rack.
  • Employee Charitable Match and Volunteer program: Beginning on an employee's first day of employment, Nordstrom will match their contributions of cash or volunteer time to eligible nonprofits starting at $25 – up to $5,000 each 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.
  • Parental Leave and New Parent Programs: Under our new paid parental leave policy, eligible new parents receive 100% paid leave to bond with their child. Eligible birth moms can receive up to 12 weeks paid at 100% and all other eligible parents receive up to six weeks paid at 100%. This benefit is available to every Nordstrom employee, regardless of their title. 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 matches dollar for dollar up to 4% of eligible pay. We may make an additional match, based on company performance, of up to $0.50 per $1 contributed (to a max of 2% of eligible pay).
  • 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 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.


$43,826 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Full-Line Salesperson $59,535 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Full-line Store Sales Department Manager
100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 4% of salary77% Company-paid health coverage for employees
66% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 76% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Restricted stock units
Westchester crew enjoying Nacho Day in the breakroom


19 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 19 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


84 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 84 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
84 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)42 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
$2,000 Adoption benefit84 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
42 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Childcare reimbursement during business travel
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$10,000,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $1,400,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
Vice President of Corporate Affairs Leads environmental impact team Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Renewable energy program Yes Carbon offset program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Vice President, Talent & Recruitment is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees; Speakers of English as a second language
  • 10 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

State of the Company meeting with the Ft. Lauderdale Rack team


Welcome crew at the Seattle Flagship store

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, are dedicated 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 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 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 check out to learn more about specific opportunities and apply.

hiring Outlook

64,000 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year -2% Job Growth
11 Average applicants per opening 375,500 Total job applicants
10% New hires by employee referrals 16% Openings filled by current employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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