Nationwide Building Society Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great start, however awful ending

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society

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

    Pros

    - Great company to start with, very big name and seemingly professional.
    - Salary is great (now matches the living wage) for a first job.
    - If you can get a permanent job then you end up entitled to an awful lot of benefits.

    Cons

    - Temporary workers are treated as waste & disposable by certain departments.
    - Certain senior managers have absolute no level of professionalism and will treat their staff like the scum of society. Hopefully you don't end up working for them!
    - Little support for temporary workers who wish to make complaints... you almost can't.
    - IT issues are a daily occurrence, some departments still using windows XP!?
    - Unrealistic target setting in some teams.

    Advice to Management

    Sort our senior management. Some of yours have been some of the most unprofessional, bad mouthing, authoritarian people I have ever met in life.

    Actually try to care about temporary workers, a lot of them are just shoved aside like trash.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Tedious firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are no pros for this very unprofessional firm

    Cons

    Old fashioned way of working. Hypocritical management who do not live their values but bang on about them endlessly and pointlessly.

    Advice to Management

    Too much dead wood - get rid of it in your own ranks. Lack of technical skills means you should not be there.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Prehistoric, full of incompetence, like no where else I've ever worked!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The branch staff may be great, but if you work in the head office you're in for a real shock!

    Cons

    Very hierarchical structure, poorly trained staff, several examples of bullying of staff while I was there even in the company of senior execs (I wasn't subjected to it, but my colleagues were). Lots of people in roles they are totally unqualified to perform in (including senior management) but have the mis-guided confidence of experts!

    Very much a 'good news culture' where the messages reported upwards are positive, but the reality on the ground is anything but. A comically incompetent company, the only one I've ever worked for in 20 years who I'd never work for again. While working/since I worked there I've encountered countless people who had the same experience as me.

    Can't help wondering whether if they had shareholders they would be able to maintain such low standards seemingly without consequences.

    Advice to Management

    Sack a whole swathe of the middle/senior management and invest in some proper training for your HQ staff.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    Poor organisation who claim lots and deliver little

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Planning Manager
    Former Employee - Financial Planning Manager

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great company to work for (about 4 years ago) but they have lost the focus and will continue to lose their staff.

    Cons

    Poor management, a building society pretending they are not a bank but acting as if they are, low staff morale, high pressure, poor communication, inefficient leadership, back stabbing and only getting promoted when your terrible at your job (to promote poor people out of their jobs into a different role)???

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to what is really going on

  6. Helpful (3)

    old school BS, struggling to be a bank

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    well known name in FS, rather stable organisation

    Cons

    they claim to be pride, but it is only a façade. Back-stabbing is a very popular sport, but few will admit it.
    low salaries, no training opportunity and old-fashion way of working. obsolete IT systems and cahotic environment. Too hierarchical organisation dows not help inner communication.

    Advice to Management

    start acting in alignment to your pride values.

  7. I was trained briefly by Nationwide

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Case Owner in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Case Owner in Bournemouth, England (UK)

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Difficult to assess this as I was released on day one with my post training 'team'. I was informed that the work was not for me by a rather nasty manager. I subsequently joined Barclays and love it.

    Cons

    Very narrow minded management stifles any actual talent or ability.

    Advice to Management

    Give people a chance! Why train someone for nearly 5 weeks only to release them at a days notice.

  8. Quite Unimpressed with the overall morale in the workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Swindon, Gloucestershire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Swindon, Gloucestershire, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Job security. Other than that it is difficult to say.

    Cons

    lack of transparence in peer salaries and poor skills/job matrix

    Advice to Management

    Get to understand the skills of your employee and match them to the right jobs

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