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Nationwide CEO & Director Steve Rasmussen
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  • If you are single that's ok but if you have a family you won't have much work life balance (in 61 reviews)

  • regularly shifting work flows and lack of fluid communication with upper management who decides these changes (in 52 reviews)

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  1. "IT Professional"

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    Current Employee - IT Director in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - IT Director in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities, great people to work with, the company cares about associates. The IT organization is changing with the times.

    Cons

    There are still quite a bit of office politics and there are still senior leaders that are not willing to change.


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    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - IT Director in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nationwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Expect executive politics to be involved in everything"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - IT Director in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large Company with very large IT community
    Expansive business model driven by IT
    Transitioning to new technologies
    Developing clear Professional Disciplines for IT staff

    Cons

    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.