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Nordstrom Corte Madera Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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Corte Madera, CA

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  • I often struggle to find a good work/life balance (in 314 reviews)

  • Long hours a lot of returns customers that are very picky management is not so great not many days off especially around holidays (in 434 reviews)

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  1. "sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nordstrom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, fun and make friends

    Cons

    late shifts, returns and standing over feet the whole time


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Management"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Corte Madera, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nordstrom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + Decent pay, better than most retail
    + Benefits (401K, Medical, Dental)
    + Challenging environment with lots of opportunity to grow

    Cons

    - Retail hours (nights, weekends, some holidays, overtime)
    - Promotion may require a hefty commute/moving
    - Difficult to retain employees and can feel like a waste of time investing in training them

    Advice to Management

    + Continue to improve bottom up communication to disseminate important information
    + Reconsider traditional "policy" of not promoting on the same selling floor (seller to assistant to manager in the same store)
    + Time to reevaluate sales commission rates for certain departments (i.e. Hosiery, Women's Active)


  3. "Smooth the first few months, then tantalizing the last few"

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    Former Employee - Barista, Ebar in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Barista, Ebar in Corte Madera, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nordstrom part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    20% discount in store purchases
    50% at blue stove
    Laid back funny coworkers
    Funny moments
    Attractive women often wearing tights

    Cons

    Long hours and not enough pay
    Working weekends
    Rude customers with attitude
    Limited room for growth unless you stay there for a long time

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting too much of your time and effort into your job in a serious manner!
    Increase wages to an equal amount for everyone!


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  5. "Great Start to Sales for College Students"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate - Mens Shoes in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - Mens Shoes in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -commission based: pushes you to learn how to execute strategy successfully in sales as you get out what you put in
    -nordstrom brand: having a strong brand name like Nordstrom and the connotations associated with it makes it much easier to be a successful salesperson
    -management: as a salesperson, my managers (I worked under two different managers throughout my time at Nordy's) would definitely push me to utilize strategies for up-selling and working with difficult clients however they were very understanding of situations that were not in my control and would praise me for the extra work I put in to fulfill the Nordstrom standard--going above and beyond to satisfy the customer

    Cons

    What's not understood by some people, you are probably going to have to work weekends (you'll want this more often than not in the future) which makes sense as everyone is not working and has time to go shopping then.

    Middle management can bog down on you regardless of the situations at hand and can push you to sign people up for accounts (not a bad thing) to the point of interfering with your sales. However it is not uncommon to see even middle management getting down and dirty with the salespeople when needed.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to be realistic with your salespeople: asking every customer about signing up for a Nordstrom card isn't bad, but don't push it to the point of interfering with sales. Also keep up the understanding of difficult situations. Overall I have no complaints, this was the best experience I could have asked for, trying to get sales experience as a college student.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Commissioned Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Commissioned Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nordstrom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great money, great coworkers (for the most part), flexible schedule once you get on the managers good side and do well at your job, lots of opportunity for growth--they're very interested in hiring within the company and hiring young people to move up quickly

    Cons

    Long shifts, low commission rate in some departments compared to others, management changes often so you have to be good at self management and be able to deal with many different kinds of management styles


  7. "Sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nordstrom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nordstrom has been one of my favorite employers. The company provides wonderful benefits, experience, and room for upward mobility in the fashion and sales industries

    Cons

    Working at Nordstrom (as with any retail company demands long and tiring hours especially during the holidays and sale seasons. The people in my sales team were also very competitive leading to cattiness and an occasionally negative work environment.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Commissioned Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Commissioned Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Nordstrom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very competitive environment and motivate you to sell more. no limits of how much you can make. No boring routine days where every day is the same, here every day is different

    Cons

    return policy sucks, every time somebody return anything even if it is worn for a max of one year you still get hit for it and get deducted form your commission. The slow time in January and August is very challenging and very stressful as you don't have a fixed pay, and your paycheck will drop significantly. Your benefits wont start till six month after working as a full time and is hard to maintain as it is linked to your amount of working hours.


  9. "Beauty Counter Manager"

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    Current Employee - Cosmetics Counter Manager in Corte Madera, CA
    Current Employee - Cosmetics Counter Manager in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Nordstrom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love Nordstrom! Best retail company to work for ever... Amazing benefits and great pay.

    Cons

    Retail hours are tough, but Nordstrom is flexible.


  10. "Part time sales Nordstrom"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nordstrom part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company treats its salespeople extremely well, empowering them to take care of the customer in any way required.

    Cons

    Every department manager is different. Your overall experience will depend greatly on the maturity and personality of your manager.

    Advice to Management

    You would be better off with keeping managers in their departments longer, and working more closely with sales staff and on the sales floor, then rushing through the younger folks with promotions.


  11. "Customer Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corte Madera, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corte Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nordstrom part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for!

    Cons

    Just have to get used to nights and weekends. It is retail!

    Advice to Management

    Be presant!


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