Belk provides competitive compensation designed to recognize your performance and reward your contributions to our business.

Depending on your function and level within the organization, your compensation may include base salary, overtime, quarterly and annual bonus, sales commissions, and other rewards.

Base Salary

At Belk, your base salary is the core component of your overall compensation package. It may be an annual salary or an hourly rate, depending on your job level.

Payroll & Taxes

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Bonus Plan

We want to further reward you for helping Belk meet and exceed its targets. The Belk Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) is designed to directly reward associates for performance, collaborative efforts and results that drive Belk’s success. The plan offers associates the opportunity to earn cash incentives in addition to their base pay.

Bonus Program Details

Who is eligible?

Eligible associates include:

  • All Officers
  • All full-time Corporate Associates, both hourly and salaried
  • Store Managers, Assistant Store Managers and store HR Managers
  • Division Directors such as LP, Visual, HR, Operations, and Merchandising Directors
  • Division and Regional Managers, such as LP, Visual, HR, and Operations Managers
  • Salon Managers
  • DC/FC and UES Management Staff and Salaried Associates

To be eligible for a payout, you must:

  • Have completed 13 weeks of service as a participant in the plan
  • Be actively employed by Belk at the time of payout
How is my bonus calculated?

Your bonus is determined by four factors:

  • Your base pay
  • Your target bonus percentage
  • Your performance against measured goals (depending on role)
    • EBITDA attainment
    • Sales attainment
    • DCP attainment
  • Your performance against your own individual goals
Belk Performance Measures

The bonus program is designed to recognize a job well done, while keeping our mission to win together at the center of everything that we do. How you are measured depends on your role:

  • For corporate, division, region, DC/FC, and UES bonus-eligible roles:
    • 50%: Company EBITDA performance: (70% for Officers)
    • 50%: Your individual performance: (30% for Officers)
  • For Regional VPs:
    • 50%: Your regional stores’ sales
    • 50%: Belk EBITDA
  • For stores and salons:
    • 50%: Your store sales
    • 50%: Your store DCP (direct controllable profit)

How Performance Determines Your Award

Belk Performance

For Sales, DCP or EBITDA performance measures, your payout level corresponds to the actual attainment of these measures vs their goal (the financial budget):

As the table below shows, there are three important performance levels:

  • Threshold — equal to last year’s actual performance, it is the minimum performance level required for any award payout. If performance does not meet this threshold in a given quarter or for the year, no awards are payable for the respective bonus plan measure.
  • Target — represents achieving 100% of goal.
  • Maximum — the maximum performance level considered in the bonus plan, and the maximum award amount possible.

At threshold level performance, you are eligible for 50% of your target award. At target performance, you are eligible for 100% of your target award. At maximum performance, you are eligible for 200% of your target award.

Annual Bonus Plan Measures Threshold Performance Target Performance Maximum Performance
EBIDTA 93.0% 100% 107%
DCP 90.0% 100% 107%
Store Sales 97.5% 100% 107%
Payout Opportunity vs. Target 50% 100% 200%

When performance is between levels, you’ll receive a corresponding percentage of your target award. For example, if Belk’s EBITDA performance is 96.5% attainment, which is between the threshold and target levels, your award will be 75% of your target; this is shown on the scales made available to you. Or, if Belk’s performance is 103.5% attainment, which is halfway between the target and maximum levels, your award will be 150% of your target, which is also shown on the scales.

Your Individual Performance

For the individual performance-based measure, your payout level corresponds to how well you performed toward your individual goals, and your overall annual review rating:

  • Exceeds – a minimum of 100% of target award with the opportunity to earn well above target
  • Achieves – a minimum of 100% of target award with the opportunity to earn above target
  • Needs Improvement – not eligible for individual performance payout

BonusYour Career Level

Your Career Level

You are eligible for a target award equal to a percentage of your base pay, which may be an annual salary or an hourly rate. Ask your manager or HR Business Partner for this information if you haven’t already received it.

BonusYour Base Salary

Your Base Salary

Your bonus will be calculated as a percentage of your base salary. Base pay is the core of your compensation from Belk. It may be an annual salary or an hourly rate, depending on your level. It is competitive and market-based, ensuring that this element of your compensation reflects current practices in the retail industry.

How frequently are payouts made?

For sales, DCP and EBITDA measures, you are eligible for quarterly payouts based on the metric performance of each individual quarter. Any quarterly payout is capped at target. You are also eligible for an annual “true-up” payout at the end of the year. The annual true-up payout is based on the metric performance for the entire year. The payout, if earned, is equal to the annual metric performance payout amount LESS the amount of any quarterly payouts earned.

Officers are eligible for an annual payout based on the corresponding measure’s annual performance results.

For those with an individual performance-based measure, you are eligible for an annual payout based on your performance to your individual goals.

Associate Examples

Find out how the bonus plan could work for you by clicking on the following hypothetical examples:

Bonus Payout Timeline

The following table shows key dates for the bonus plan for FY20:

Payout Date Received in Paycheck
Q1 May 24, 2019
Q2 August 30, 2019
Q3 November 22, 2019
Q4 and Annual March 27, 2019