Nike's mission has been to make sportswear a lifestyle as well as a fashion staple. It commits itself to athletes of all stripes, and that extends to fostering a diverse workplace. Nike expects competitiveness from candidates—it looks for people always striving to do and be better, and who bring boldness into their work and can hit the ground running.

Company Stats


Employer Type




10,001+ Employees


Major Departments

Administrative Support


Major Office Locations

New York, NY


Major Brands

Footwear • Athletic Clothing


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About the Company

While this company’s “swoosh” is now one of the most familiar symbols in the world, the Eugene, OR-based company—co-founded by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman as Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964—got its start as a distributor of Japanese running shoes; Knight sold them out of the trunk of his car at track meets. Now Nike controls roughly 60 percent of global market share.

In 1971, Knight and Bowerman split from their Japanese supplier, renamed the company Nike (after the Greek goddess of victory), and began designing and manufacturing their own shoes. Bowerman, who was also the track coach at the University of Oregon, was experimenting with ways to improve his runners’ speed. In the early-1970s, Bowerman destroyed the family waffle iron, and created Nike’s first smash, 1974’s “Waffle Trainer.” But it was the multiyear exclusive deal with M...

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