How’s the comp at Nordstrom for Senior developers? How are bonus and RSU distributed?
First to all , to answer your question OP. Nordstrom will pay you about 80% of your TC compared to Amazon. This is team specific, but I work about 50% of time compared to Amazon and most of it is fun. There is simply much less Ops load and maintenance here, because this is a smaller company.
I got a base of 135k and bonus of 15k. Unfortunately there's no RSU component. It depends on how you negotiate. You will mostly get a target bonus of 20 percent.
To answer other people, Nordstrom has surprisingly pretty awesome tech stack. The team I was hired in is to 'modernize' their old tech stack and it'd freaking amazing work.
Ofcourse there is no internal resource or sage or wiki, broadcast, awesome internal tools and all this good stuff. I do miss a lot of fun community from Amazon. That's the price of working at a smaller tech company.
The quality of engineering and engineers are very debatable.
When I joined, everyone in Amazon I knew went through 4-5 round of tough onsites and it showed. People were generally smart and had good attitude and coding was pretty good. Now a day? Not so much. Dumb idiots got hired without meeting a single person. They gave two online tests (which were leaked) and got in.
Some of the people haven't even talked to person, not even an HR, before getting in. And it showed.
With Nordstrom it's a bit hit and miss as well. For one, they hire a lot of contractors. And they can range from dumb fucks to decent.
However the full time employees have to go through proper interview loop and they are usually bunch of smart people. Surprisingly, their onsite have medium to hard leetcode questions. I was asked DP and a bit of graph problem as well.
The best part, however, is they the work at Nordstrom feels just that. Work. I work, I go home, I workout , spend time with my girlfriend, and I'm generally very stress free. On most nights I look forward to tommorow's work.
My time in Amazon felt like I was part of a cult. The leadership principles just felt like commandments you have to follow to be a part of the cult. Who the fuck knows what dive deep is. It means different things to different people.
Everything I said is of course team specific. So take it with a grain of salt.