Nationwide Building Society Reviews | Glassdoor

Nationwide Building Society Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
272 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

3.6
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Nationwide Building Society Chief Executive Joe Garner
Joe Garner
64 Ratings

272 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • Work life balance is considerably better than at competitors (in 25 reviews)

  • Great people, great place to work (in 14 reviews)

Cons
More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start career in finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The working hours and pressure is less than most of the big banks, generous support on learning and development (CFA study and exams etc), there are opportunities to move up or jump to other banks if you doing a good job in a good team

    Cons

    lower salary than most of the big banks, more local and closed than most of the big banks, not providing T2 work visa for foreign nationals


  2. "pricing specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time

    Pros

    Company is very family-oriented.

    Cons

    Company has too many managers, resulting in excess costs.

    Advice to Management

    Hire fewer managers and more people who can actually do the work.


  3. "Nationwide"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture and good work life balance

    Cons

    Not great career opportunities at that site- work was migrating to Swindon


  4. "Great values"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Society values are great and people believe in them.
    Recognition is good, if you do well you'll be recognised for it in many different ways.
    Great support available for Social Investment activity
    Managers support development and facilitate opportunities
    Good, flexible benefits package
    Supportive of flexible/remote working

    Cons

    Career progression can be an issue as opportunities are limited, especially if not based in Swindon.
    Slow to make decisions.


  5. "Customer Representative review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Representative in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Representative in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nationwide have some fantastic values that really do show they care about the customers. All of the managers are very supportive and my branch personally are like one big family. We all support each other and there is constant recognition for the hard work you put in. I love my job but i'm looking forward to getting to the next level.

    Cons

    Recently there has been a freeze in recruitment in branch and an increase in recruitment for head office. One main con is you are contracted 9-5 however you have to get in for around 8.30 and often stay until around 5.30 which is unpaid time you cant claim back.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and see the business grow more. Appreciated staff will work harder.


  6. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Job opportunities
    Career Growth

    Cons

    Based in Swindon - no offices outside Swindon


  7. "a bit too nice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nationwide Building Society full-time

    Pros

    training and development BUT ONLY if you seek it, lots of opportunities to interact with management, excellent for compensating for employee needs i.e. disability services. Starbucks, Costa, Shop, Gym in the two HOs. really an all around good experience

    Cons

    training and development WHEN ONLY YOU SEEK IT - many are not aware they can
    Targets are unrealistic
    relationship between Swindon and Northampton borders on rivalry which means difficult to integrate.

    Advice to Management

    advertise educational development to staff


  8. "Excellent organisation to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior PMO Manager in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior PMO Manager in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nationwide is an extremely ethical, organised and prosperous employer with lots of opportunities across the business. As it is a relatively small organisation in financial services terms, it is agile and friendly

    Cons

    There are some large egos to deal with in the Executive. The society has many and varied objectives which can mean it lacks focus

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of initiatives and focus on getting a few things right. Keep customers at the top of the priority list and be even more transparent about pricing as befits a mutual organisation


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good with the potential to be great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The organisation has a real social conscience and with our new CEO could really become an organisation anyone would be proud to work for

    There are some great people working here and lots of opportunities to do really interesting and challenging work. It takes development seriously and supports people in progressing their careers.

    Cons

    The culture that the new CEO describes and embodies is not reflected throughout the executive management layer. The old hierarchical structure leads to ways of working that make decision making very slow and cumbersome.


  10. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great society wide atmosphere and belief in the ethos of Nationwide. I feel like my work does help build society. The big ongoing investment in user experience very encouraging.

    Cons

    Progress has been made but communication between departments still hard and feels siloed. Innovation in developing the website often inhibited by old systems and difficult development.

    Advice to Management

    Line managers do a good job but often have many people to manage and individual development opportunities feel fleeting because of this.


Showing 272 of 293 reviews
Reset Filters