The Very Best Retailers To Work For Right Now

New Rack SIGN2Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom.
Like clockwork, every holiday season not only induces the stress and excitement of gift-giving, culinary temptation, and travel, but also more serious thoughts of personal evolution as the new year approaches. Inevitably, for many, that will include the urge to upgrade their careers. So, if a job change is on your mind, and you’re interested in retail positions that offer real earning potential and upward mobility, check out Glassdoor’s list of the 50 best companies to work for right now. The criteria? Employee satisfaction and long-term possibility for growth. While no one earned a perfect 5.0 score, several companies came close, including the top five below.
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1. Costco: 4.0
Employees say: The members-only club takes the top spot, thanks to its “family” atmosphere and upwardly mobile infrastructure. If you do good work within Costco’s warehouse — where most employees cut their teeth in merchandising — there’s a strong chance you can move upward and outward to other areas like the accounting, buying, graphic arts, journalism, and legal departments.
2. Nordstrom Rack: 3.8
Employees say: Good pay, "nice" discount, room for advancement, cooperative upper management, and overall good vibes. And, parent company Nordstrom is actually #8 on the list, as well, so the Seattle-based department-store empire is clearly doing something right.
3. J.Crew: 3.7
Employees say: That it’s a “career-oriented” company with “awesome” clothes and favorable discounts. Most people who work here are proud and in it for the long haul.
4. Sephora: 3.6
Employees say:
Premium beauty goods at major discounts — or, even better, sometimes they get them for free. They also enjoy a sense of healthy competition and being rewarded for good work.
5. IKEA: 3.6
Employees say:
Health insurance, $3 meals, special holiday perks, and an overall unique and progressive company experience. Well, IKEA is Swedish after all — and Swedish workers are some of the most content in the world. Take notes, America!
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Check out the rest of the top 10, including H&M and Gap, here. (Yahoo! Finance)
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