I have been working at Nationwide full-time (More than 10 years)
Lots of different opportunities, great people to work with, the company cares about associates. The IT organization is changing with the times.
There are still quite a bit of office politics and there are still senior leaders that are not willing to change.
I worked at Nationwide full-time (More than 8 years)
Great people, great culture and community engagement.
Encourages volunteer work and promotes diversity.
Great work-life balance, ability to work from home, etc.
Provides numerous opportunities to learn and grow.
Diversity tends to drive everything, when you have a 80% minority employee leadership team in a field where they make up less than 10% or the workforce, you might be trying to hard and losing top-notch non-diverse candidates.
If you don't fit in after a year, you never will, don't bother sticking around.
Ship is so large, it takes months to turn.
Old technologies, not heavily invested in automation or leading edge capabilities in the IT space
Advice to Management
Risk Aversion is not surprising in the Insurance Industry, but will eventually be your downfall. Improve business diversity and agility, while taking on some next-generation/leading-edge capabilities.
Large Company with very large IT community
Expansive business model driven by IT
Transitioning to new technologies
Developing clear Professional Disciplines for IT staff
Compamy is too big - you are not an individual to Nationwide - politics rule the day
Bureacracies and matrixing make it impossible to make progress quickly
Very controlling management structure - Power based and bureaucratic
Scripted information sharing - lacks authenticity in employee communications
Advice to Management
Provide better context for the decisions that have been made to actually gain the support of your teams. Many management oversite activities appear to have the intention of generating fear in the ranks rather than support for difficult efforts. Expectations need to be better articulated. Job descriptions are too compartmentalized and tend to breed robots rather than thinking, creative performaces.
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