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Nordstrom Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
2,613 Reviews

3.5
2,613 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also, this company likes to promote from within so that does add some motivation (in 110 reviews)

  • People are generally representative of the Nordstrom customer service culture (in 206 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be difficult at times especially if you have children (in 97 reviews)

  • You work long hours consistently, and are not compensated for working over time (in 161 reviews)

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    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good commission. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Managers get too pushy about selling. Unfair scheduling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst Company to work for by far!!

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    Current Employee - Barista  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Barista in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good Pay, discounts at Store, Rack, E-Bar and Cafe and thats it. Benefits are good also, generous healthcare. Mostly monetary benefits.

    Cons

    Company culture, cliquey, fake management and sales people. No sense of community or equality. Not professional at all, very social if you know the right people or right look they want. Silent politics and hidden rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve dynamics of company to accept all employees and promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent Place Lots of Hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Counter Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Counter Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Working there could be enjoyable at times. You had somewhat free reign as long as your sales numbers were good. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Although you had to work weekends (or else you would suffer due to sales), holidays, and long hours on days of events and at Nordstrom that is a lot. Also, you have to be constantly stressed and worried about your numbers because if a return would come in it could ruin your day. Some "goals" are extremely hard to beat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees rather than sit in your office staring at numbers for the day on a computer. Not everyday can be amazing!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Retail Sales & Management Intern

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    Former Employee - Retail Management and Sales Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Retail Management and Sales Intern in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Loved working with other young and fun interns. The values of the company are carried out by their workers. You can earn a lot of money depending on how well you can sell.

    Cons

    Long hours usually 8 hour days, and the anniversary sale is a madhouse! (however you make a lot of money)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep sending interns to managers who are willing to help interns. Some managers do not want the added stress of dealing with an intern that is willing to learn the ends and outs of managing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Loved working here!

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    Former Employee - Commissioned Sales Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Commissioned Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great culture, pay, and time-off policies.

    Cons

    Frequently changing leadership but mostly from promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more development in lower level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    It is a place where you can grow because they believe in promoting from within. The harder you're willing to work the more you can earn.

    Cons

    It is commission based so you have to be willing to work hard to get ahead. The hours are not easy and there are sales goals to meet. Sometimes the goals are pretty steep.

  8.  

    Great people!

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    Former Employee - Cosmetics Counter Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Counter Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    I met some of my best friends working here.

    Cons

    You sorta have to live and breath Nordstrom, but I lucked out and made a ton of friends and it became a family for me!

  9.  

    Intense environment, people take themselves way to serious for it being a retail position.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great compensation.
    Peers were fun to work with, a lot of young people.

    Cons

    Management is "sharky," they want to sell more than they want to teach and lead.
    Sales floor environment is unorganized and overly competitive.
    Schedule expectations are high and time off is practically unmentionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more of a leader on the floor.
    Facilitate team selling with yourself and a younger sales associate rather than swiping them and then saying " I told you so."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    life at nordies

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    Current Employee - Resident Artist  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Resident Artist in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good work environment all ways rewarded for your good sales good for team building

    Cons

    not compensated fairly compared to bloomingdales saks, or neimans

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Nordstrom Management Review

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    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    When I started with this company, there was huge opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Finding a work/life balance is difficult to do once you move down the pyramid to management. You work long hours consistently, and are not compensated for working over time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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