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I worked in the following categories in Texas and Oregon (NWHQ):  sports marketing, research and development, and retail.

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Why Hasn't Someone "Researched" Or "Developed" A Better System For Releasing These Damn Shoes?






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Do you guys share the same R&D team as JB?
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So were you Ekin?
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why would a multi-million dollar company like nike not invest in better servers for online releases?
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How would one go about getting a job in the marketing Dept, and where would you start off?

what were things you did on a daily basis?
Did you make any long term friends, or good friends that may help with your future plans or new job?
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OP we will be in touch smiley: wink
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why are so few pairs made in size 16?

it's BS that they're so hard to find in stores.
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Originally Posted by Space DooDoo Pistols

why are so few pairs made in size 16?

it's BS that they're so hard to find in stores.

You really don't know the answer to this?
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- When I was with NIKE, several years ago, releases weren't really a source of controversy yet.  I didn't work in that area first hand, so I can't speak from personal experience.  For what it's worth, I think they're making progress with the new policies in an effort to create a safer environment at stores.  I'm not sure what really could be done to eliminate resellers entirely, but I wear a size 16 and I haven't been able to purchase a new shoe on the release date in a long time.  The secondary market is just an annoying reality of supply and demand economics. 

- Yes, NIKE Basketball and Brand Jordan do share R&D.  Although each brand has a separate developers and designers, they often collaborate.  And footwear testers play in both brands.  The higher profile products, such as Air Jordans or statement level NIKE shoes are frequently tested in more controlled environments like the Bo on campus (these are called "dynamic" session) or they are assigned to trusted, veteran individuals or teams.  This makes sense because technologies such as Hyper, Lunar, and Flywire are utilized by both brands.
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why would a multi-million dollar company like nike not invest in better servers for online releases?


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- No, I wasn't an EKIN but I worked with several of them while starting out in retail.

- I've helped a few NTers with NIKE job searches and I can write a detailed response including my personal story tomorrow.  For now, get a college degree and look for summer internships - I did two college internships after working retail for a few years.  Find out who the reps are in your area and email them.  ALL NIKE AND BRAND JORDAN EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE firstname.lastname@nike.com.  Then offer to VOLUNTEER with local NIKE events, such as camps, clinics, and marathons. 

- Regarding servers, I didn't work with nike.com, but I feel your pain.  It seems like the industry global leader could afford the necessary investment.  I assume it's a cost/benefits decision.  If any of you know Retrokid, last I heard he was working for nike.com.  I don't feel comfortable giving out his name and email, but you can find it if you dig online a little bit.

- There are a few friends I still keep in touch with on campus.  I'm actually an elementary school teacher now, so I didn't use those contacts.  I do still collect shoes and volunteer coach for NIKE Basketball camps.

- I wear a size 16 and I know how hard it is to find shoes.  From a brick and mortar retail perspective, it's not cost effective to stock anything above a 15 that will take up valuable space due to slow turnover.  I can send you a message with the websites I use for kicks and maybe we can exchange a list of personal inventories for a potential trade. smiley: wink
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how do you find the reps in my area and can i ask these reps for sample product to preview to the public?
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Edit my question was answered above. Tell us your best experience while working for nike? Pros? Cons?
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Do you have pics of your collection? Who was the biggest ahole youve worked with at nike?

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FS (sz 9-10.5):  - LEBRONS ( 7 + 8 ) - Nike Destroyer Jacket - 2k4 TB - GALAXY KD IV - XX8s 

 

mon3yliciousx8@yahoo.com

 

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Man, I love it ...

Getting into Nike is as hard as it gets (From what it sounds like) ...

And, why did you quit work with Nike to become a school teacher, perplexed ...
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Hit me up with any and all offers.
Legit, 10+ year member.
All size 13, all DS.
Follow me on IG: @therealjohncarter
For Sale: DS Size 13 Nike Foamposite - Volt
$225 (USD) or best offer
For Sale: DS Size 13 Air Jordan Future
$150 (USD) or best offer
For Sale: DS Size 13 Nike Kobe 9 EM - Pop Art
$135 (USD) or best offer
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what was the pay like? why did u quit/no longer working for nike? did you enjoy working for nike? what was your specific job?
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i wear 16s too i need these sites!!!
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If I were you I would watch how you reply to some of the questions due to all the paperwork you signed in the past with the company (some things aren't meant to be told without written permission even if your 7 years removed)... You know the rules & legal stuff (Things tend to blow up on major websites once they hit NT)... Just a heads up from a friend familiar with NWHQ policies & procedures
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CWK - Exactly WHEN did you work for Nike? I know 4 years ago when I left Beaverton you mentioned you worked for Nike for several years before that....

I think alot has changed since then... not so much in whats been asked... but in the direction things are going. In all these years... I dont think I ever thought to ask that.

Lord knows alot has changed since 4 years ago.
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No questions (yet). Just wanted to say thanks for sharing.
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Solid thread.
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post #23 of 603
Very interesting thread. Let's see where this goes... nerd.gif
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This could get very interesting.
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Thread Starter 
Woke up to a lot of questions smiley: laugh.

- Rock, I was with NIKE from about 1996 - 2002.  And you're right -  there have been many changes in the decade since I was in Beaverton.  I've tried to preface my answers to clarify that.  If anyone notices information that is outdated or inaccurate, feel free to correct me. 

- In regards to my collection:  At its peak, I owned about 250 shoes, including 100 - 150 different NBA pro make-ups (player exclusives).  For a while I was able to visit a friend in sports marketing and grab most of the surplus shoes in my size at the end of each NBA season (15.5 - 16).  Believe it or not, they used to sell leftover player exclusives at the Portland Nike Outlet on MLK and on a card table in the back of the Employee Store for $10 each.  It's a little more difficult to get them now.  I only collected in my size, so I had a lot of stuff from Pippen, Duncan, Finley, VC, Reef, etc...

- I honestly didn't encounter any "a-holes" on campus, but there was one situation that bothered me.  I was called into the office of a category manager and questioned about the player exclusives I was wearing to work.  Yikes!  I explained the circumstances under which I had acquired the shoes and immediately offered to return them if it was a problem.  They didn't make me give them back.  It just seemed like they were busting my chops for being a new guy and having what little connections I had at the time.  I guess there were more senior employees that were used to getting the hook up first.  But I learned that the protocols and processes were different once you were actually on campus.

- I have a few favorite moments.  I got to tour Tinker's design studio.  I received an unexpected giant shipping carton of TWELVE Jordan player exclusives at one time.  I was a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics on campus.  I dated an olympic gold medalist and she was taller than me (6'8").  The business and personal conversations with designers, developers, and non-employees like Russ Bengston from SLAM.

- I ended up leaving NIKE because my contract ended and there was a hiring freeze in several categories.  If I remember correctly, there was mandatory wait time of six months before you could re-apply for the same position.  I eventually returned home to Texas, finished my undergrad, and worked in student services for some local universities and medical schools. 
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- I appreciate the concerns about confidentiality.  It's not my intention to reveal any propietary information or trade secrets.  Just trying to share my experiences and knowledge.   

Here is a chronological list of my positions:

- Retail Concept Shop Specialist
- Footwear Focus Group Member
- Basketball Sports Marketing Intern (Texas)
- Basketball Sports Marketing Intern (Oregon)
- Hoops Specialist (NIKETOWN)
- Test Coordinator
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- Viewing shoes that haven't released yet is going to be difficult unless you work for a store with a NIKE account.  Reps used to give clinics where they would show samples of advance product, but it's my understanding that the focus now is what's currently in the store as opposed to what's coming out.  There used to be a lot of threads about sample sales as recently as a few years ago, but that seems to have stopped.  Does anyone out there know if those still happen?  The only place I've seen samples in person within the past five years is on the hash walls in NIKE Outlets and Clearance Stores.  Reps also used to be allowed to sell their sales samples (usually size 9 and 13) to approved mom and pop stores (like Active Athlete in Houston) but I don't know if NIKE still does that.  Sorry I couldn't be of more help in this area.

 

 
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What is the best way to land a retail job just at the local nike outlet?

It looks like everything is via online as for as applications. Is it strictly that way to make hiring decisions, or is it imperative to reach out to the store manager. From what the Nike website looks like, perhaps they filter out the applications then send it over to store manager to sort on who to pick.

Maybe a silly question I know, but I am serious. Looking for a part time job thats all. 
these days everyone wants the shoe they were able to cop to sell out so they can say they have shoes that are sold out lol
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these days everyone wants the shoe they were able to cop to sell out so they can say they have shoes that are sold out lol
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- The pay was competitive, but I was never at a really high pay level.  I relocated across the country for an internship to see if I could make it on campus and land my dream job.

- I'll search my archives to see if I can find more pictures of my collection.

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I got these OG AJ III from a guy in NIKE Netherlands who assured me they were worn by Scottie Pippen.

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- I assume the employment applications for NIKE retail are online now, but I would definitely recommend speaking to a manager in person.  Just introduce yourself, leave a physical copy of  a cover letter and/or  resume, and thank them for their time.  You have to promote yourself in a courteous, appropriate manner.
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