Meets reputation as good place to work, but only exceeds it if you love fashion.
Pros: Great team atmosphere, good benefits, opportunity for promotion
Cons: disorganized, failure to extend visions to lower level employees
I must start this review off by saying that Nordstrom is a great place to work. The culture is fun, the pay and benefits are top notch for the industry, and the work is rewarding.
That being said, Nordstrom can and will wear you down if you do not love fashion.
As a visual merchandising stylist, it was my responsibility to work as part of the visual team to set up store displays and manage corporate visual standards. This meant that we would build window displays and select the fashion that would be housed in them. Each member of the team had a number of departments in which we would communicate with mangers to determine best methods of visual merchandising. We would do this while keeping departments in accordance with corporate visual standards.
In short summary, my work in the mens' departments went as follows: Get to work and plan the day with team members, do any store-wide set up before opening (general signage, decals, problems from previous day), then break off to departments and dress mannequins according to monthly/seasonal style focus. All of this would be put on hold during weeks in which we had to set up window displays, which would stay up anywhere from 1-2 months.
Even though I left, I will admit that the 7-3:30 mon-fri schedule is great, and the nature of the work was fun. If you love fashion, being a visual merchandising stylist at Nordstrom is the perfect job to break into the field of specialty retail. Given that, it is by no means perfect.
I can only speak from my experience, but it always felt as if corporate standards were unclear, and this – more... manifested itself in a confused manager and double or even triple work. After all of this, corporate or regional mangers would come an judge your work in what seemed to be purely subjective. This was not a problem for me at first, but as i became more invested in my work, the subjectivity of the the reviews became very tiresome.
With all of this, I must say that I left Nordstrom because I felt that I did not have the passion for fashion that was necessary for a position as a visual merchandising stylist. This, coupled with my desire to change my career path from a place-holder job to environmental advocacy, I had to leave. Given this, I believe that had I truly loved fashion, I would still be at Nordstrom, but because I do not, the little things added up and let me to break free from the comfort of life at Nordstrom. – less