Nationwide Building Society Reviews

Updated 30 June 2015
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Graham Beale
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Pros
  • Great people employed, really good team (in 5 reviews)

  • Career development, worklife balance, the company is all about people, they reward the staff very well (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • low salaries, no training opportunity and old-fashion way of working (in 4 reviews)

  • Lots of people in roles they are totally unqualified to perform in (including senior management) but have the mis-guided confidence of experts (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Excellent Environment - But with Issues

    Current Employee - Architect in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Architect in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nationwide is a good exemplar of where banking should be going in the future. A solid retail bank that is connected to its customers and works to try to do what is right for them. Compared to other high street retail banks, it is doing the right thing.

    It has a good people culture. With it's PRIDE values, it really does care about its employees and also cares about its impact in the community. People are passionate about doing well for the Society and its members.

    It is a good place to achieve work life balance.

    Cons

    It is a very hierarchal organisation and compared to other places in industry, you will have to work 4-5 times as hard to have an impact if you are not anointed in the right role and grade. It wants to change but it can be hard for people in the organisation to take criticism.

    In particular to the architecture division, it has some of the lowest engagement and enablement scores within the society. There has been lots of change lately, with new leadership and an influx of senior architects. However, instead of embracing PRIDE values, there is extensive infighting and backstabbing in this area. This is impacting the morale of the division and impacting the brand.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the infighting and lead your "Gang of 6". There is too much to get on with without the power games from recent hires


  2. Helpful (3)

    A conservative organisation tainted by toxic politics and parochial dogma

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are generally high considering the location.

    Nationwide is one of the few places left where you can still have a job for life assuming you know how to play ‘the game’.

    The canteen and coffee shop is quite excellent.

    Cons

    Generally speaking there is little appetite for self-critique meaning almost all internal activity is contrived as good news. Flagging concerns or challenging ideas will often mark you as a trouble maker. Do it more than once and you risk becoming ostracised by those around you.

    Inexperienced and vulnerable managers consistently referring to advice from ‘experts’.
    The organisation is stunted by a paternal management style which considers employees as children and positions those with power as the unquestionable authority on their efforts.
    There are a small number of seemingly untouchable senior managers who are systematically moved around the organisation matter how many calamities they instigate.

    Outsourced development organisations covet ultimate power on most digital products. They encouraging existing solutions which they can replicate easily, pricing out new solutions which involve even small amounts of risk or specialist skill.

    Employees are in constant fear of their jobs, resulting in:
    - A presenteeism culture whereby employees continually project a pretence of 'being busy' often without clear deliverables or significant value to the business.
    - Fickle often contrary views in order to follow a managers position or a new political allegiance.
    - Divisive gossip within seasoned circles.

    HR are powerless and yet entirely aware how dysfunctional the organisation is.

    Advice to Management

    End ‘The Game’.


  3. Great Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society as a contractor

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great and empowering culture, even for contractors. Staff are treated with respect and contract rates are good. Have heard that staff benefits salaries for permanent staff are also good. I thoroughly enjoy working there.

    Cons

    Comms can be disorganised, space is at a premium.


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  5. Strategy consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategy Development in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Strategy Development in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great culture and rewarding to work for members as opposed to shareholders. Plenty of opportunity to move between roles internally.

    Cons

    Local jobs market outside of nationwide can be small. Like any large organisation can be bureaucratic and slow to change. Pay less than that at comparable banks

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more dynamism, enterprise and free-thinking


  6. Finance Workatream Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nationwide look after their employees and invest in their development. Depending on dept and role it can be very flexible.

    Cons

    As it is such a big company - it can be hard for performance management processes to be fully followed.


  7. Very tolerant management structure and positions can be very well paid.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable pay scales for the finaincail industry, within the IT departments.
    Moderatly good staff benefits, including medical cover and insurance depending upon job grade and length of service.

    Cons

    Culture is changing as more IT functions are being outsourced to 3rd parties.
    People management is becoming overly bureacratic with few techniccal pogression paths.
    A lack of training budget unless sponsored by a project.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the latest incentive schemes being generated in other companies.
    Nationiwde is typically 5 years behind and likely to be in a very poor position if they decide to bring service back inhouse.


  8. Great Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Delivery Manager in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Delivery Manager in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked at Nationwide for 1 year, in this time i have found Nationwide to be helpful and supportive, it’s a nice atmosphere to work in with a number of great benefits, flexible working being just one, the ability to work from home in my job role is becoming more acceptable. The work they do in the community is a credit to Nationwide giving each employee 2 days a year to volunteer within the community. Training is good and if you put the effort in then you get the rewards.

    Cons

    The parking is not great even though more work is being done to rectify this, however getting in really early helps secure a good spot, leaving the site is again a bit slow with traffic around the one way internal Nationwide site very slow, some of this is due to a crossing point, that should really be raised above the road, with every other car having to stop to let people cross.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing as its working and working well


  9. Ethical but sooo slow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people
    More ethical the banks
    Good facilities

    Cons

    Sooo slow,
    Organisational change is poorly communicated
    Very Hierarchical

    Advice to Management

    Communicate!


  10. Poor unstructured training and unrealistic targets

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Call Centre Operative in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Call Centre Operative in Bournemouth, England (UK)

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good chance of moving up within the Company if you can stick out the first year (most people don't).

    Cons

    They only appreciate the top few performers, those wanting further training or advice get no support. Breaks are too far apart, especially when toilet breaks are considered unacceptable.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your call centre staff like human beings and give them basic rights, such as being able to eat at regular times and got to the loo! Managers should check their staff are OK on a regular basis, perhaps then not quite so many would leave due to being so unhappy.


  11. Good company to work with ,IT team very friendly family environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Developer in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Software Developer in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learn skills and sociable environment ,commanding loyalty and good work ethic.

    Cons

    Subject to outsourcing like most companies.

    Advice to Management

    Good place to work with.



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