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Nationwide Building Society Diversity And Inclusion FAQ

Read what Nationwide Building Society employees think about diversity and inclusion at the company, and if their workforce is comprised and supportive of individuals of varying gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion and other attributes.

Nationwide Building Society has a diversity rating of 4.

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3 English questions out of 3

23 January 2022

Does there seem to be diversity at Nationwide Building Society?

Pros

Great benefits, maternity, flexible working, bonus

Cons

Lack of career progression and lack of diversity at senior levels

Advice to Management

Help create a career plan for progression of employees.

Lack of career progression and lack of diversity at senior levels

23 January 2022

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19 December 2019

Do people talk about their financial situations at Nationwide Building Society?

Pros

- One of, if not, of the best cultures in financial services. - Head office is quite modern although this depends on what community you're in. - Plenty of professional and friendly stakeholders who genuinely care about nationwide and its members. - Good laptops and upto date software packages - fairly flexible although this is largely down to your team's culture. - Very good nationally recognised brand - Some inspirational leadership; however, there are still plenty of old timers scared of change. - Good levels of collaboration and not overly task focused; definitely has a more human element then some commercial banks I've worked for. - relaxed dress code has made the organisation feel a lot less corporate. - slowler pace then working in a city centre environment; definitely a good work/life balance.

Cons

- Truly woeful location for a head office - Salaries very good for the local area but lower then competitors based in Bristol/London - Extremely limited connections to and from Swindon rail station - Limited on site parking after 8am (you can literally see cars abandoned in the middle of the road). - Traffic around Swindon can be horrendous after 4.15pm meaning that it can take well over 30mins to reach the train station or M4 Junction. - No subsided usage of Swindon's public transport for employeees which isn't helping congestion and pollution around Swindon (shuttle buses that nationwide provide are often oversubscribed leaving many people stranded). - Main organisational strategy of recent times is to religiously focus on cutting costs in order to remain profitable (knee-yerk redundanices and restructuring having been arriving in waves throughout the past few years). - Private healthcare has now been withdrawn for new starters (below senior management level). - Not a particularly diverse organisation with middle and executive level overwhelmingly white and middle class. - Some really grotty toliets in Nationwide House.

Advice to Management

You may have a very healthy culture by financial services standards, but unless transport links to the head office are better you're missing out on tapping into a huge talent pool futhur afield in the likes of Bristol/Reading and even London. There has been some really great progress on improving the brand and marketing strategies over last few years. However, try as it might, Nationwide can't quite shake the perception of being the Saga of financial services. I really hope that the organisation has the large scale longevity that it and its staff deserve.

Not a particularly diverse organisation with middle and executive level overwhelmingly white and middle class.

19 December 2019

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14 March 2022

How is race or ethnicity talked about at Nationwide Building Society?

Pros

- You hardly have to actually do any work (a pro for some, a con for me) - Nice generous pension - Only contract a 35 hour week

Cons

- Tech stack in the department I was working in was archaic - They introduced the appalling policy of hiring based on racial preferences rather than competence, complete with panels of people chosen by the colour of their skin to have a final input around the suitability of candidates for the position they were applying for. - Honesty, if in any way critical of left-wing ideas, is utterly unwelcome - e.g., voicing that the above policy to hire based on race is terrible, was a sufficient crime to swiftly land me in an HR review (which was ultimately dismissed, as I didn't actually do anything except think for myself and try to act with integrity).

Advice to Management

Be more open minded to a wide variety of political perspectives

They introduced the appalling policy of hiring based on racial preferences rather than competence, complete with panels of people chosen by the colour of their skin to have a final input around the suitability of candidates for the position they were applying for.

14 March 2022

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