Nationwide Building Society
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3.7 out of 5 stars.
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High expectations

It has taken me a long time to be open with myself about this. At first it seems to be all benefits: good training, pension, friendly team, clean branch, progression opportunity. But it doesn’t take long for the cracks to show. Management are bullies or competing to get to the next level of power. Unrealistic expectations, in order to get a pay rise you have to fill out an essay on what you have done and then rate yourself. There are no ‘targets’ yet how many appointments you’ve booked or products opened is counted on an excel sheet each month. No support when receiving abuse by customers. When Covid hit, they made branch staff take Head Office calls and reduced branch hours, with very minimal training, then further abuse from ‘members’ across the country. The final straw for me was being publicly humiliated for being off with a fever and a cough (Jan 2020) which reflecting now could have been covid. I was told in my back to work that I should’ve come in and tried to work, then be sent home and that I didn’t put in 100%. This was done during opening hours in the branch in front of the whole team. The only reason I stayed longer was because I enjoyed who I worked with, it did feel like a family.

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2.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
1.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
1.0 out of 5 stars for Management
2.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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Based on 864 reviews

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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.4 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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