Nationwide Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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Nationwide CEO & Director Steve Rasmussen
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is really good (in 87 reviews)

  • Very good benefits (they match 50% of your 401k up to 6% and also have an employer funded pension) (in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • Workloads are often not manageable & work/life balance doesn't exist especially in management (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management only care about saving money (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Good Place to Work - Des Moines, IA - IT

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nationwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good Culture that values people and personal accountability. - Company values a work/life balance - Consistently good people throughout my experience in multiple departments

    Cons

    - Frequently office politics affects decisions in suboptimal ways - Leadership in IT is consolidating in Columbus, OH so there are limited opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Reduce office politics by driving more decisions to be data-driven decisions and update processes to make decisions faster to match an ever faster changing business environment.


  2. Once you get into the corporate groove it's great.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Agent in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Agent in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent culture for a big corporation. Great people to work with. Opportunity for advancement and training. There seems to be a genuine effort to keep employees happy. Earning potential is fair or (slightly) better. Much better product to offer than most other companies. All levels of management seem to be very approachable. Very nice mentoring program. Benefits are good except for ...

    Cons

    ...health plan which is horrid. Metric chasing gets downright silly sometimes. Four different scheduling/calendar systems. Systems don't communicate wIth each other. Team structure provides an inconsistent experience. Limited candidate pool necessitates hiring questionable people. Micromanagement gets tiring. Middle management exhibits a Chicken Little reaction to normal business cycles in order to impress the next level up. There's a fairly narrow statistical window for trending analysis which feeds the chicken little mentality. IT department is very good but IT systems are not cutting edge.

    Advice to Management

    Beef up compensation package to attract better candidates. Hire professionals and then treat them that way. Remember that "growth" doesn't necessarily equal "success."


  3. Consultant, IT Analysis

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, work life balance

    Cons

    Was a great place to work until the systems I work on got moved to Columbus and Harleysville. Des Moines will no longer exist as a Commercial IT shop...just some web apps and NWAG

    Advice to Management

    be more open and honest


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  5. Insurance/mortgage

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Vast experience in above listed fields with all insurance licenses intact. Great opportunity to expand my knowledge in the industries and specific areas in the field.

    Cons

    The hours were not conducive to family life which reflected a lack of the core value of family/work balance needed with children.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee satisfaction in order to minimize turnover and loss of gross margin return through loss of impactful employees.


  6. Admin Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    i currently work at Nationwide Bank Mortgage, which is in a transitional period of change. The benefits packet for insurance/dental/vision is great.

    Cons

    The transitional period is a little hard but eventually will all straighten out. Otherwise, there are not any other cons for me.


  7. Helpful (1)

    PLSC Rep. III

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative III in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative III in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nationwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Activities in regards to Associate Resource Groups and activities within the community that you can volunteer your time too.

    Cons

    You end up having to "play the game" to get ahead which doesn't always work for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers are great to work with while others just care about themselves.


  8. Meh...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nationwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    * Benefits are good. * Good company for young people starting out. * Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    * The top of the house in IT is a do-nothing "Invisible Man" * Parts of IT are allowed to ignore strategic direction with impunity * If you're not in Columbus, you're not much * If you ARE In Columbus, if you're not in Plaza One, you're not much * IT strategy has apparently become "replace everything all at once", creating utter chaos * Leaders are promoted mostly based on political intrigues, not abilities * Infrastructure and Operations runs like an unresponsive impenetrable fortress

    Advice to Management

    IT leadership needed an overhaul years ago


  9. Nice perks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MCR I in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - MCR I in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a gym in office. There are also cafeterias and nearby food within walking distance. They also provide free parking for employees.

    Cons

    There are lots of new employees constantly being hired. Training is a very long process, probably about three months of time.

    Advice to Management

    It is nice how they keep up updated on company news and events. Keep up the friendly atmosphere also. I also enjoy the volunteer options.


  10. Helpful (1)

    IT Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist, IT Applications Development in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Specialist, IT Applications Development in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Manager displayed negative attributes including lying on reviews, changing time entries to fit her needs, showing favoritism among subordinates, discouraging collaboration and training, expecting employees to find their own work (myself only, an example of favoritism), allowing certain employees comp time but not others, creating a toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Honesty and integrity are not just nice buzz words they should be required managerial attributes. Managers should be helping to support and help their subordinates grow. As opposed to current method of expecting their workers to perform their work for them. When asked to help with inter-departmental issues the manger views the worker as being at fault. The manager has a strongly divided team and shows strong favoritism between employees. This should not be allowed.


  11. Member care Rep

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member Care Representative II in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Member Care Representative II in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Place to work and great benefits Free Parking A place you can work and make a career out of!

    Cons

    Schedule is strict to adhere too and phone calls are steady busy Mangers is luck of the draw..all manage differently



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