Nordstrom comp

Microsoft / Eng Onix
Apr 20, 2018 31 Comments

How’s the comp at Nordstrom for Senior developers? How are bonus and RSU distributed?

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  • Nordstrom FANG_no_mo
    I was an Amazon employee for 1.5 years and now I'm at Nordstrom for about 6 months. I could probably answer your question better.

    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.
    Apr 20, 2018 8
    • Amazon / Eng gldnhndcfs
      I actually joined shortly after making this rant and don’t regret a thing. Wlb is good, coworkers aren’t autists, and slowly but surely feeling like I got my life back and can enjoy my 20s instead of making Bezos richer.
      Jan 17
    • Disney blindman04
      What's the technology stack at Nordstrom. Is it java based or .net? Are they In cloud , which cloud , AWS?
      Sep 12
    • Amazon / Eng gldnhndcfs
      Mostly Java and aws. Lots of gitlab. I recently left after a year and the ex Nordstrom engineers are more useful than the ex Amazon engineers because we're not working with Brazil anymore lol.

      My point is that I learned a lot of transferable skills at Nordstrom and don't regret a God damn thing.
      Sep 12
    • Disney blindman04
      What do you think is the work culture like? Is there good work life balance or the managers treat people like they are slave runners and want to squeeze out work from the employees and as a result people are working even on weekends. Wanted to get a sense of how a typical day would look like ?
      Sep 26
    • Disney blindman04
      Actually, I re read your original response and there you talk about work life balance a bit. Thanks for that. If you can expand on that a bit, that would be great.
      Sep 26
  • Zillow Group sofaking
    Please don’t go to Nordstrom. If you want your career to wither away and slowly die, you can at least do it at a place like Zillow.
    Apr 20, 2018 11
    • Amazon yeehaw!
      Thanks Peaches. Salary question if you can answer it. My offer says the target bonus is 25% of the base and the high is 62%. Do you usually get bonuses in this range?
      Apr 20, 2018
    • Zillow Group sofaking
      Don’t flatter yourself. Never worked at Nordstrom and never will. The grudge I have is not against Nordstrom, but against the hiring loops at Zillow that allowed these worthless people to enter our workforce and touch my projects. Honestly, I even suspect they were fired from Nordstrom, which if true would earn my respect. Love the shoes at Nordstrom Rack though.
      Apr 20, 2018
    • Nordstrom peaches3
      The bonuses will usually be your target. If the company does very well it could get a little boost. The rest of the boost is for top performers. On my small team we did have one person get a bonus almost that high (I think), another got lower due to lower perf. But most people hit the target right on
      Apr 20, 2018
    • Nordstrom / Eng 4Misfits
      Lol they were fired from Nordstrom.... we’ve been busy culling the herd of non-engineers. We got rid of SDETS entirely for fullstack engineers.
      Apr 25, 2018
    • Nordstrom AVLT87
      And it was a terrible idea that’s led to consistent production issues at every level of the tech stack.
      Nov 9, 2018
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
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    Truth. Nordstrom has the worst engineers on the west coast.
    Apr 20, 2018 2
    • Nordstrom kIrc67
      I think T-Mobile has worse engineers than Nordstrom, but I agree the quality is super low
      Apr 20, 2018
    • Nordstrom / Eng 4Misfits
      I thought M$ held that title?
      Apr 25, 2018
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    • Nordstrom / Eng 4Misfits
      I would argue it’s more of the matrixed structure with the product and business teams and execs being some of the stupidest morons I have ever encountered.
      Apr 25, 2018
    • Nordstrom / Eng supergreen
      Agreed.
      Apr 25, 2018
  • Nordstrom kIrc67
    Nordstrom offers stock at Senior 2 and Principal levels. I am at 142k base, 35k bonus, 5k profit share. This is for Senior 1.
    Apr 20, 2018 1
    • Nordstrom rwNX86
      Pretty close - I’m at Sr 1 and get a base of 149k, 40k target bonus and 7k profit share. I heard some Sr 1s get stock too though the amounts are pretty low (<10%)
      Oct 22, 2018
  • Microsoft Jcerhbc
    You will be able to negotiate if you have offers from other companies. There are bands in senior level so no one answer for your question. Not all levels get stock. But in general they offer good package if you have other offers. I highly recommend having other offers.
    Apr 20, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Wattson
    How are your bonuses this year? My spouse is Senior and worked like crazy this year. Expected target was no where near what they received! Managers kept changing, definitely going to look for other opportunities.
    Mar 20 0