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Nationwide Building Society Reviews

Updated 21 Jan 2020

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4.0
77%
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Nationwide Building Society  Chief Executive Joe Garner
Joe Garner
259 Ratings
  1. "Very good employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Delivery Manager in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work - Life balance, pension.

    Cons

    Training opportunities not the greatest

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new technology and growth opportunities for individuals

    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-27
  2. "Banking manager"

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    Current Employee - Personal Banker 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly, help with development, good salary, good pension and holidays

    Cons

    Not many branches, not many opportunities

    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-23
  3. "Great development opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Learning and Development Specialist in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to progress and develop.

    Cons

    Overly complex structure. Initiatives come and go to often. Too much to focus on so little cuts through.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify messaging to employees.

    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-23
  4. "Office politics"

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    Former Employee - Monkey 

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time

    Pros

    Benefits e.g holiday, pension, team outings

    Cons

    Office politics, it's about who you know not what you know. Management really varies between depts. Meant to be able to speak up about anything, but don't feel like you can. Training is seriously lacking which means people give the wrong information and it affects customer service so they shoot themselves in the foot! Speed is awarded over accuracy. Bad communication. Need to advance technology wise, slow systems. High volumes for rubbish pay.

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    Nationwide Building Society2020-01-04
  5. "Nice company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working, Flexible benefits, Strong values, Mean what they say, Member Focussed, decent share in success bonus, fantastic pension

    Cons

    HQ Swindon, pays less than most other FS companies, low performance related bonus, Slow to change

    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-19
  6. "Consulting on strategy of business"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Consultant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Member Focus, good working conditions

    Cons

    Traditional, challenged to change, internally focussed

    Advice to Management

    Increase focus on external market and future role of banking

    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-16
  7. "Great place to learn and work"

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    Current Employee - People Operations in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working, family support, mental health first aid, decent remuneration package, excellent pension scheme, social investment

    Cons

    Working in Swindon and parking

    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-09
  8. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Mortgage Consultant in Bournemouth, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They employ great people, many people will become your friends. Great training is provided.

    Cons

    Less progression than there used to be as they are starting to get rid of managerial jobs. They have removed target driven bonuses which I feel has stopped people working as hard.

    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-08
  9. "Great company; terrible location"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-19
  10. "Positive culture, encouraging management"

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Positive culture, work life balance, ample opportunities

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Nationwide Building Society2019-12-04
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