Nationwide Building Society

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Nationwide Building Society Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
60 Reviews
3.4
60 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 respect the competition (in 4 reviews)

  • Some very questionable decisions are made by senior management which implies they don't really know what they are doing (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great start, however awful ending

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promising start, disillusionment in the end

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Northampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Northampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Initially ticks all the boxes in respect of salary, prospects and training

    Cons

    Lack of progression in northampton
    Swindon centric
    Line management is at odds often with company ethos
    Managed prerformance ratings which impact pay and bonus
    Pressure, bordering on bullying at times
    Blame culture and often more focus on who's ultimately to blame than the issue in hand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that your selected top leaders actually practice the ethos and values you wish them to empart on their staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I've been working for Nationwide for over 10 years in a number of different roles.

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    Current Employee - Customer Experience Division in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Division in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nationwide is a fantastic place to work. The culture is all about putting people first (customers and employees) and it is really well-embedded throughout the organisation. The company invests a lot in nurturing talent and I have always found there to be good opportunities to broaden and develop my career at every level through a range of different roles. The pay and benefits packages are excellent in my opinion, with good pension, holiday entitlement and range of other benefits (varying by job level). Individual performance is measured through a combination of task delivery and behaviours, and company performance is heavily determined by customer satisfaction, rather than pure financial performance, both of which help to maintain the people-focused culture. I have always felt able to contribute to the success of the company and I’m proud to work for Nationwide.

    Cons

    Head Office is becoming rather busy these days, leading to problems with car parking and finding meeting spaces. The technology and systems are rather “locked down” which can be frustrating as it gets in the way of doing the job. But these are relatively minor problems that management are aware of and working to resolve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    EXCELLENT COMPANY, WOULD LOVE TO WORK FOR THEM AGAIN

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    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Northampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Northampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Normally a good salary (above the market rate), good holiday allowance, pension, free/subsidise healthcare, free life insurance, flexible working, PRIDE recognitiion awards and other benefits that I can't remember.

    Cons

    Work hard and you are rewarded. Unfortunately, my department moved to Swindon otherwise I would still be with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost a lot of good people by transferring the department to Swindon. Although negotiations were carried out quite smoothly it would have been better to transfer all staff from Swindon to Northampton as the travelling distance to London would have been a great cost saving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tedious firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nationwide Building Society

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    customer service rep

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    Former Employee - Customer Representative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Representative in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Career development, worklife balance, the company is all about people, they reward the staff very well.

    Cons

    stressful and demanding, the job can be stressful at times but its all worth it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing really

    Recommends
  8.  

    So PROUD to work for such an HONEST company

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    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Current Employee - Branch Manager

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

    Pros

    Rewarding Job benefits. Success is recognised. Nationwide lives and breathes what we stand by and it all about the people. Highly challenging but highly rewarding. We get rewarded for doing the right thing for our customers, not for the benefit of the company. career development is great. for those willing to work hard... that is. I have had 5 promotions in 5 years.

    Cons

    demands of the job and stress... but its all worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the tools which are needed to support making managers life even better - laptops for ALL BMs not just SBMs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    a great place to work - good people and culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    clear company values which are embedded in how things are done. succesful business model. good work life balance

    Cons

    good brand - but can be a little shy in telling the wider world about themselves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do not work at Nationwide if you are an intelligent hard worker who doesn't "play the game"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Analyst in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Quality Analyst in Bournemouth, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    1) Working 9-5.
    2) Lunch break along with two 15 minute breaks.
    3) Good colleagues for the most part.

    Cons

    1) The rating system is based around "Behaviours" and "Tasks". Behaviours has a lot more weight to it and unless you are willing to kiss up to the managers you will not get a large bonus, pay rise or promotion.
    2) Archaic company using old computer systems stuck in a red ocean strategy.
    3) Do not value higher education.
    4) Sexism - 65-70% of the workforce are women including most managers. Makes it harder for men to succeed who are just as capable if not more so.
    5) Lack of opportunity. Most roles in Swindon where obviously not many people want to live.
    6) Sychophantic culture.
    7) Low salaries. Benchmarks are at bottom of national average and in some cases even lower. Causes high staff churn and makes work less productive and efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Move people into roles they are educated for and can succeed in.
    2) Place more/most emphasis on work and not how much you demonstrate "PRIDE" and being really happy and positive all the time.
    3) Understand the true value of your employees.
    4) More opportunities in other locations rather than just Swindon.
    5) Higher salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Such a friendly and nurturing place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Representative in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Representative in Southampton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I have worked for nationwide for over a year and have yet to find any major faults. They truly do support you with your development and encourage you to expand out of your comfort zones. Since being at nationwide i have become a lot more confident with myself mainly thanks to my branch manager. The people i work with are fun and enthusiastic. They put their all in to what they do and we all help each other. I would 100% recommend nationwide to work for as you get back what you put in. They are great for acknowledging achievements and helping you get to where you want to be.

    Cons

    Just a tiny one .... systems need a bit of improvement but i know that is something that is being worked on at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I work in a branch and would love to know more about head office maybe visit and see the areas that i am interested in progressing to. Not sure how people in branches can go about doing this?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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