If you found this article you’re either considering applying for a job, or a new hire trying to figure out exactly how the Nordstrom employee discount works. In either case, they have a pretty liberal discount for employees and it definitely helps you save money, especially when you can tack it the discount onto clearance and final sale merchandise. Here are the 8 important things you must know in order to use the discount and maximize your savings when shopping at Nordstrom.
1. What Exactly is the Nordstrom Employee Discount?
Their employee discount is either 20% -or- 33% depending on your level of employment.
Regular hourly employees get a 20% discount while management gets a very solid 33% discount.
I’ve also been told that some department managers, and what they term all-stars (like employee of the month), can also qualify for the 33% discount for limited periods of time.
2. How Long Do I Have to Work to Qualify For the Discount?
You’re eligible for the employee discount as soon as you have an employee number and receive your first paycheck.
This is done to prevent people from getting jobs at Nordstrom simply to take advantage of the discount and then abruptly quitting.
The discount applies to both part-time and full-time employees.
3. Are There Any Items That Are Excluded?
The only item at Nordstrom that does NOT qualify for the employee discount is Gift Cards.
4. Will Nordstrom Increase the Discount Around the Holidays?
Some Nordstrom locations will increase their employee discount around Christmas and other holidays.
From my research, it seems to come down to the discretion of individual store managers, but the discount boost averages 10% – 20%.
5. Can I Get the Discount on “Final Markdown” Items?
Considering that Final Markdown items are often already 50% to 80% off the original price, the employee discount on top of that makes for a GREAT discount.
6. Can I Get The Discount When Shopping Online Also?
Yes, but you must start the process on this page.
You’ll be asked sign-in to your Nordstrom account or create one if you don’t already have one.
Next you’ll enter your employee number and follow the steps to collect your discount.
On the checkout page, enter EMPLOYEE in the “promotion code” box.
Then enter your employee number in the space provided and you should be good to go.
7. Are My Family Members or Spouse Eligible?
Specifically, family members under the age of 25 who live with you, along with your spouse, are indeed eligible for the employee discount.
8. What Payment Method Can I Use When Using My Employee Discount?
You’ll need to use either a Nordstrom Visa card, Nordstrom credit card, or Nordstrom Gift Card as payment in order to get the discount.
Sound confusing? Nordstrom offers BOTH a retail credit card that can ONLY be used at Nordstrom, and a Visa card than can be used anywhere that accepts Visa.
Both cards will have your employee number on the back which is used for proof of employment.
Ask the Reader: Do you work for Nordstrom? Let me know if I’m missing any details concerning their employee discount.
By Kyle James
Photo credit to Mike Mozart.