Meeting with the hiring manager from one of the tech teams. How is it working at Nordstrom? I’m worried that at the core of Nordstrom is a fashion company which means the stereotypical, catty employees and lots of back stabbing. Does that culture also bleed into their tech orgs?
Here are some facts about IT at Nordstrom:
1. Nordstrom's cloud journey was started more than 6 years ago making it one of earliest Cloud adapters in retail space.
2. As of today, >80% of the systems are in Cloud. Rest are making it to cloud.
3. We have both AWS & GCP and you're free to choose any of them for your team.
4. Tech wise, every team has their freedom to choose their tech stack! However, we have some standards to follow for certain things. For example, for any external team communications, you will have to go through Kafka which is managed by Enterprise team. All logs used to go Kibana and now to Splunk Cloud, Okta as your Enterprise AuthN/Z. Every service needs to be containerized and should use Kubernetes managed by another Enterprise team and so on. Lots of standards to follow.
However, that's still being addressed and they're evolving.
5. IT base is around 1800 people meaning it's small. So, any change in Enterprise wide is pretty fast. Technologies shifts here too fast and often. That has its own pro and cons. Pro wise, as an engineer, you'll get to work with latest Technolologies and hands on experience. On the other side, it's BS as you're not delivering any business value and business doesn't care. Whatever you did in your last quarter will be changed in next quarter.
This is being addressed after the new CTO came here.
6. Layoff: As a retail fashion company, there isn't layoff. In my ~3 years career at Nordstrom, I had hardly seen layoff. The recent one definitely needed where couple of Senior VPs were let go and 19 employees RIFed. Nothing to Engineers. That's pretty normal for any Tech companies! No fuss.
7. Coming to WLB, you won't get anywhere like here. That's because it's slow here and first of all, it's not a Tech company. Typical 9-5 work.
8. Compensation wise, it doesn't have to compete with Amazon or any Tech Companies; because, it's not a Tech company. However, pay is not bad at all! When it comes to TC, mostly it's above Average in Seattle market and sometimes close to higher range in Tech Companies for Senior roles.
9. Benefits are not bad either. Health Insurance might not be that good as Amazon; but, just okay as per standard. But, you'll get 33% off store-wide or online in Nordstrom full line stores. Sometimes it's 40%. You'll also get Sample sales where you can get those items at $40-$50 (market price at $500) and designer shoes for men ~$150-$200 (market price at $700+).
I hope, these info will give you some idea!