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Erik Nordstrom, the retailer’s president of Nordstrom Direct, posted a video on the company’s intranet where he read a letter from a mother who’d spent more than 5 hours searching for jeans with a hook closure for her son with motor skill challenges. So Nordstrom assistant manager Elyse Sparks had a pair altered for him. “They did more then sell me a pair of $38 jeans—they gave me hope,” the boy’s father wrote. Says Elyse Sparks: “I’ve worked in retail for more than 10 years and have never found a place that gives me as much freedom as I have at Nordstrom.”

Company Info

CEO/Top Executive
Blake Nordstrom
Rank last year89
# of years on list18
F500 Rank224
Industry
Retail
Year founded1,901
Type of organization
Public
Revenue (2014 or most recent year)
$12.2 billion
Web addresshttp://www.nordstrom.com
Total US employees61,666
Full-Time jobs added in last year1,071
Number of work sites-

Perks

Offers compressed work weeks
yes
Offers fully-paid sabbaticals
no
Offers paid time off for volunteering
no
Onsite fitness center
yes
Discounted gym memberships
no
Onsite medical care facility
yes
Offers college tuition reimbursement to employees
no

Diversity

% Women70.99%
% Minorities46.57%
% African-American15.13%
% Asian9.28%
% Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander0.77%
% Caucasian or White53.31%
% Hispanic/Latino17.51%
% Native American/Alaska Native0.48%
% Two or more races3.41%
Same-Sex Benefits
yes
Non-discrimination policy
yes

Paid Time Off

Holidays
6
Vacation-
Sick days-
General PTO
19

Compensation

Most common job (hourly)
Full-line commissioned salesperson
Avg. base pay (for hourly employee)$42,099
Avg. extra comp. (for hourly employee)-
Most common job (salaried)
Full-line selling department manager
Avg. base pay (for salaried employee)$57,250
Avg. extra comp (for salaried employee)-

Hiring/Staffing

FT voluntary turnover-
# of job applicants636,268
Avg. # of applicants per opening12
# of jobs filled52,351
Jobs filled internally9,441
% of jobs filled by referral-
# new graduates hired-
# of job openings (as of Feb. 2015)6,868