Nationwide Financial
3.5 of 5 53 reviews
www.nationwidefinancial.com Columbus, OH 1000 to 5000 Employees

Nationwide Financial Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
Nationwide Financial – Columbus – “Nationwide Building”

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87% Approve of the CEO

Nationwide Financial CEO Steve S. Rasmussen

Steve S. Rasmussen

(15 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great people and management team"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Unlike many places, senior management here are genuinely nice people"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "You may not get rich at Nationwide, but you can make good money and have a work life balance"
    in 3 reviews
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Director (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I have been working at Nationwide Financial full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people and management team

ConsPoor work / life balance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An amazing opportunity for anyone in this industry.

Financial Services Representative (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I have been working at Nationwide Financial full-time for less than a year

ProsThey value you individually as an employee. They provide you with all of the recipes for success. Your advancement is completely up to you; in a world where nothing comes to you for free, you'll want to have a driver for more if you're trying to advance. Dress and work for the position you want, not the position you have.

ConsIntroductory pay may not be as sufficient to current financial needs, dependent on the person, but the room for growth far exceeds any initial benefits. If you don't stand out as an employee or as a hard worker, you may be in jeopardy of moving up. Also, it seems the only real way to get offered an introductory position is through a contractor.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to management? Maybe focus less on politics and focus more on the employee putting in the hard work. I've seen some instances where people are getting paid drastically more and aren't as capable or hard working as their peers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Plenty of opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nationwide Financial full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThere was plenty of training for my position, and, depending on which department you are in, there are plenty of opportunities for growth. As with any large company, it helps to try to stand above the rest.

ConsIt's easy to feel lost the crowd.

Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain transparency about departmental changes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nationwide Financial

Prosgreat company, the people are fantastic.

Consfluctuation pay which makes maintaining an income difficult.

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Politics Over Performance

Regional Internal Consultant (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I worked at Nationwide Financial full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThey sponsored me for my Series 6

ConsHard work is not valued at this company. Results are not a basis for promotion. Neither is product or industry knowledge. If you'd like to move up, practice your political skills and don't rock the boat. Nothing should ever be questioned.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a culture that values creativity, hard work, passion, and dedication instead of one focused on playing perfectly in the sandbox.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good benefits, bad people

Specialist (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I have been working at Nationwide Financial full-time for more than 8 years

ProsNationwide as offers decent benefits and pay. There are plenty of different roles, so you are likely to find a job no matter your skill set. Property services such as cafes, library, study rooms, classes, etc. are all good.

ConsThe people are difficult to work with and unmotivated. Role clarity is constantly in flux, you rarely know what you're responsible for. Processes are developed around "job security" rather than what is most efficient and cost-effective. Mix these with the constant politicking and you're frustrated before you even come in to the office.

Advice to Senior ManagementHold people accountable for the behavior as well as their work quality and ethics. Stop excusing behavior simply because of tenure.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Depends on Which Department

Pension Specialist (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I have been working at Nationwide Financial full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat Company, Good Team, most people work hard. The compensation is high for a Midwestern company. Very little overtime required.

ConsOne's experience at Nationwide is highly contingent on the department and business division. Annuities is awful where the margins are low and both employee and management education is relatively low or not apparent. Retirement plans was a great Department. High margins, section of the market cornered. Corporate culture rules in all departments.

Advice to Senior ManagementFlatten the hierarchy (remove tiers), empower employees, improve career development.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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If only you knew people on the inside, then you'd be offered permanent employment."

IT Analyst (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I worked at Nationwide Financial as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat people. The people you work with or even meet briefly are amazing.

ConsManagement is incredibly unprofessional and moronic. Unless you are a white male, you're word does not matter.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart opening your doors to more minorities and females in the IT sector. You could benefit from it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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An outstanding, policyholder-focused company that has established the gold standard for Agile software development.

Agile Coach (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I worked at Nationwide Financial as a contractor for more than a year

ProsEvery single image, color, and line of text on a Nationwide Financial site or app has meaning and is carefully evolved by the team that created it. The IT talent is the absolute best I've ever worked with.

ConsSome new execs could use focus on how to be an executive.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour rapid growth is producing newly promoted execs who have not learned to be execs. Invest in them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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IT Architect (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I have been working at Nationwide Financial full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLarge stable company, well known brand name, community involvement

ConsSlow to adopt new technology, poor ad campaigns, benefits decrease every year

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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