24. Nordstrom (JWN)
What makes it so great?
Diversity is a key priority at this chain of upscale fashion stores. In 1988 people of color made up 24% of staff; thatís now 41%. In managerial ranks, 31% are now people of color and 72% are women.

Headquarters: Seattle
Top 3 (of 177) U.S. locations: Seattle , San Diego , San Francisco
2005 revenue ($ millions): 7,700
U.S. employees 48,374
Employees outside U.S. 6
New jobs (1 year) 1,690
% job growth (1 year) 6
% voluntary turnover N.A.
Applicants 273,904
Most common job (salaried):
Sales Department Manager
$48,500
Most common job (hourly):
Salesperson
$35,200
Job sharing program? No
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 60
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 41%
% women 73%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
From the January 22, 2007 issue
Notes:
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2005 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of salaried and hourly employees.