Nationwide Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Good corporate atmosphere, good sense of community

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Des Moines, IA
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Nationwide as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Frequent teambuilding exercises as well as regularly scheduled division-wide meetings provide a sense of community among full time employees. Company also offers frequent training to employees looking to break into other fields or enhance their own experience.

    Cons

    Frequent evaluations regarding team progress, efficiency, and morale can become irksome, more of a chore than an effective evaluation exercise. Some hiring/contracting practices appear to hinder good team-building than help (such as requiring teams to be made up of a certain percentage of contractors, even if the team would like some hired on full time.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross-profession training is a great idea, but if thorough tests for those seeking to move to a different department aren't in place, it may hinder existing projects in those departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Lines Underwriter in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Personal Lines Underwriter in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Nationwide (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everybody is really outgoing and not afraid to help you. A lot of chatting going on around you but there is still a lot of work getting done.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lot of projects that are all very time sensitive so it makes it hard to prioritize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company and People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NSS Agent in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - NSS Agent in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Nationwide

    Pros

    They invest a lot in every hire to train
    They give very competitive base and great commission
    Everyone is positive and looks to help each other
    Will take the time to see where you fit best

    Cons

    Currently they have not shown anything that they did not tell me I could expect during interview.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a bad place to start working right after college

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    Former Employee - Casualty Claims Specialist I in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Casualty Claims Specialist I in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Nationwide

    Pros

    Great benefits
    A good job right after college

    Cons

    Casualty claims department is way understaffed. Be aware

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees
    Fox the understaff issues within claims department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    A good place to start

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Nationwide

    Pros

    Great, laid back atmosphere with a pretty chill culture. Fantastic facilities located in downtown Des Moines. Work/Life balance is respected better than any other employer I've worked for.

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement becomes sluggish due to low turnover and a small-ish tech group. Dwindling benefits. When I first started, benefits were touted by HR as being "excellent" and "generous." The same sources now use words like "competitive" or "average."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Great company to work for if you live in Des Moines, Columbus, or Scottsdale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Commercial Claims Representative in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Commercial Claims Representative in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Nationwide full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great PTO policy, quick career advancement, great facilities at primary locations, great training opportunities.

    Cons

    Younger associates try to throw each other under the bus to get ahead, politics are out of control in some business areas, below-average health insurance plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the amount of bonuses and pay raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Direct Insurance Sales Agent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nationwide Direct Insurance Sales Agent in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Nationwide Direct Insurance Sales Agent in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Flexible time off, great compensation plan, great work environment. Everyone is incredibly supportive and pleasant, and the incentives are huge.

    Cons

    Starting schedules are rarely good (lots of nights/weekends), but you're able to bid for a better shift after 6 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Typical Corporate Position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Salary/Pay is inline. Community giving and involvement is great.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is non existent. You are treated like a number not a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees as much as you do about community involvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great company as a whole but under staffed in NILC

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Casualty Claims Specialist I in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Casualty Claims Specialist I in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    They have the best benefits ever
    great gym

    Cons

    NILC IS Under staffed
    heavy claim load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people to help with the heavy claim load.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great company to work for to start a career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Representative in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Claims Representative in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They really do care about their customers and are very customer focused. Great benefits and time off. Can start at the bottom and work your way up but you have to be patient and put in the hard work and time to achieve it.

    Cons

    In the Total Loss Department, it is very stressful! Be prepared to be yelled at by customers, to argue with them everyday, and constantly explain you are not trying to screw them out of money. Sometimes there is very high claim volume with limited overtime and pressure to get it all done. So you can experience unreasonable work expectations that can drive you crazy. Some of the Managers understand and care about their employees (not just advancing their own career). Hopefully, you get one that cares, because if not, then they do anything to weed you out to make themselves look better. With this fast paced and EXTREMELY stressful job if the Management is not "On Your Side" you are doomed to fail, quit or get fired no matter how hard you try.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your employees are swamped in work and not allowed to work overtime to get caught up, try doing something to actually help them. Telling them they are behind and need to get caught up ISN'T help! Jump in and do some real work for once, maybe skip a meeting or two and make time to do task that will help your team? Stop looking for things to get people in trouble and use that time to HELP do the work.

    Approves of CEO

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