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Waitressing

June - August 2019 • Clinton Township, MI

What I liked

Very team-oriented and felt like I was a part of a family there.

What I wish was different

I wish it would not have been closed because I would have liked to go back next summer.

Advice

Make sure you are prepared to talk to many people and put the customer first in this position.
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Sales Associate

May - August 2019 • Del Mar, CA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the community you build within the store. In addition, the experience is great especially as a first job. Retail is hard work, but its great experience to see if you want to work in that type of industry in the future.

What I wish was different

I wish they would not have stressed making your sales goal so much for new hires. As this was my first real job, I found myself REALLY stressing over trying to make my number in order to make commision. In reality, it should not be about hitting a number; rather, it should be about helping the customer.

Advice

Make sure you realize that you can not please everyone. As long as you are respectful to your coworkers and managers and try your absolute best, this job is great!
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Retail Salesperson

May - August 2019 • Palo Alto, CA

What I liked

I loved learning how to communicate with all different types of people and getting to know my costumers and coworkers while doing it.

What I wish was different

I wish that it was more of a work-family environment where we would all hang outside of work. Also, if my coworkers (who have worked there for almost 10 years) would have tried harder to keep the floor clean!

Advice

You don't know what someone is going through so try not to give them such a hard time for being mean.
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Retail Sales Associate

June - August 2019 • San Mateo, CA

What I liked

I loved learning about different fashion marketing, learning how retail works, the values of the company, and helping all kinds of customers find what they loved.

What I wish was different

I wish the company had been a little more helpful in assisting me finding the same job in Southern California as I really loved working there.

Advice

Try to learn a lot more of the product than just your department, it will be impressive to customers and superiors. Be a team player, Nordstrom is very respectful of that.
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Customer Service Experience

May - July 2019 • Stanford, CA

What I liked

I learned a lot about customer service and how to deal with all kinds of people. Everyone I worked with was very friendly and I really enjoyed working with them.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have been paid more based on the odd hours I was given/flexibility I was expected to have. Especially since there were times that I was filling in as a sales person but was not getting commission.

Advice

I think everyone should work in at least one customer experience job because it really helps improve your ability to interact with others, especially in a professional way!
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Sales Associate

June - August 2019 • Irvine, CA

What I liked

I liked working on a draw-commission structure where we would receive commission if it surpassed our hourly earnings. This was a great incentive but I also enjoyed working in an environment where your coworkers feel like your friends.

What I wish was different

I don't wish anything was different.

Advice

I would advise any people who want to work at Nordstrom that it can be difficult if you struggle with interpersonal communications and multitasking. At the surface, it looks like a simple job but it's a lot of work which makes it more rewarding and teaches you a lot about being in a fast-paced, customer-oriented environment.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Super great intern events (mixers, networking, events with executives, baseball games, interesting red talks), mentor ship opportunity’s, and the overall culture and fun environment

What I wish was different

Nothing! I learned so much and absolutely love the company and people

Advice

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Logistics Specialist

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The company qualities and people you interact with were so helpful and interactive.

What I wish was different

None, the job wasn't anything extraneous and had great management.

Advice

Its worth spending time in different areas that aren't necessarily in your wheelhouse of experience. This job allowed me to expand my experience to a new field.
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Sales Associate

June - September 2019 • Palo Alto, CA

What I liked

Pay is commission-based! During the summer there's a huge sale, which means more opportunities for sales. It is very customer service orientated, which is fun and engaging if you like talking to people. 20% discount on Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. It is also fast-paced, competitive, and goal-oriented.

What I wish was different

A lot of people return clothes, which takes a hit to your commission.

Advice

Don't be so competitive that you ruin relationships with coworkers.
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Service Experience Specialist

May 2017 - September 2019 • Paramus, NJ

What I liked

Schedule flexibility and wonderful co workers

What I wish was different

More creative work

Advice

Great if you like retail and customer service
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Apparel Salesperson

June - August 2019 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I liked having the opportunity to enhance my customer service skills. It was also an opportunity to get comfortable speaking and engaging with strangers on a daily basis. It gave me the opportunity to learn how to sell myself because it was also a commission job

What I wish was different

I wish I had a different manager. My culture of the job was centered around competitiveness for sales so I wasn’t engaged with my coworkers.

Advice

Working in retail is not easy, but don’t be ashamed to get this experience. I felt bad about not having an internship geared toward my major, but I realize now how much this job helped my communication skills.
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Sales

November 2018 - August 2019 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

Co workers, environment, and customers

What I wish was different

Scheduling

Advice

Strive for greatness everyday!
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Cashier

January - August 2019 • Buford, GA

What I liked

I loved the environment of the work place. Everyone was so nice and understanding.

What I wish was different

Maybe the scheduling could had been better. Maybe more options for time off.

Advice

Always have a good attitude especially towards the customer and keep a smile on your face.
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Warehouse Stocker

June - August 2019 • Elizabethtown, PA

What I liked

the pay was good

What I wish was different

longer breaks, I felt like I had to eat super fast.

Advice

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Logistics

July - August 2019 • Torrance, CA

What I liked

The job was never too stressful, and never boring. It kept me active and felt satisfying

What I wish was different

I wish I had a chance to work as a seasonal employee for a little longer.

Advice

Every opportunity for work experience is valuable.
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Sales

June - August 2019 • Murray, UT

What I liked

Ability to make either commission (7% in men's clothing) or $12 an hour, whichever was higher.

What I wish was different

Management and scheduling were very hard to work with

Advice

Stand up for yourself if your coworkers are trying to steal your sales, customers, or commission.
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Cloud Security Intern

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved my team and having a project that was beneficial to the company and could go to production in the future was very rewarding. I also loved the intern events that Nordstrom held.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Buying & Planning intern

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I LOVED THE COMPANY CULTURE

What I wish was different

I wish that this experience was longer.

Advice

Be yourself and try YOUR best daily. Also, focus on building your network and connecting with as many people as possible.
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Sales Associate

June - August 2019 • Farmington, CT

What I liked

It was commission based pay, which worked really well for me because I’m a hard worker and very good at sales. It was the most professional environment I’ve ever worked in. The competition was entertaining too. I was one of the top sellers in the department.

What I wish was different

I wish I’d gotten to work there during the school year. I had an offer from the local Nordstrom, and they said I didn’t even have to be interviewed, but I would’ve had to work full time, which is too much for me.

Advice

Only work at a commission based job if you’re confident in your sales ability and social skills! I had a friend who really struggled with the job because he wasn’t as good at the sales portion as I was. The personalities of the top sellers stood out much more clearly than the lower sellers.
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Apparel Salesperson

June - August 2019 • Cedar Rapids, IA

What I liked

I loved the environment created by the people involved. The atmosphere was friendly, inviting, hard-working, and there was a lot of neat apparel!

What I wish was different

The job was more or less enjoyable; management was always either strict or laid back so finding the rhythm when things start picking up was probably the most difficult part.

Advice

Be on time, pay attention during training, and have fun.
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