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4. Nordstrom

Overall Bliss Score: 4.234
Best-Rated Categories: The People You Work With (4.49); The Company You Work For (4.45); The Place You Work (4.42)

An upscale department store headquartered in Seattle, Nordstrom has been in the business since 1901. As an employer, Nordstrom is no stranger to “best of” lists such as this one. For a time, a single rule comprised the company’s employee handbook, which was really a single card: “Nordstrom Rules: Rule #1: Use best judgment in all situations. There will be no additional rules.” There may be a few more rules now in this era of litigation, but the modern-day Nordstrom touts its old-fashioned belief in promoting from within.

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