It's not for everyone but has the potential to pay very well
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Corte Madera, CA – July 17, 2017
I can't recommend a job at Nordstrom to just any one of my friends who may be looking for a job. It takes someone who is willing to compete against their peers while being able to maintain strong team cohesiveness. The successful associate needs a strong amount of social intelligence, social finesse, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to provide VIP service. You need to be able to multi-task selling on the sales floor, selling in the fitting room with the customer, ongoing go-backs, on-going floor upkeep, on-going stockroom upkeep, late evening closing and early morning opening. You need to have a polished, professional quality while maintaining authenticity and approachability, making yourself relatable to clients while being assertive enough to tell them your honest opinions. There is no base pay, only a commission structure with a guaranteed hourly rate that is on the low side. I've never had to use my guaranteed hourly rate. Expectations are high, on both the customer side and on the management side. You will grow a lot. You will make more money than any other retail job. But if you can't handle stress or competition, this job is not for you. The most enjoyable part of the job is when you've made someone's day by virtue of your understanding of their needs and by lifting up their spirits. The hardest part of the job is the commission structure which pits associates against each other and often leads to disagreements about whose customer it was. Another hard part of the job is the pain in the feet after standing for 8 hours.
Great money - for retail
Conditional benefits; intense competition, long hours