Nationwide tops graduate employer survey within the banking and finance sector

27 September 2012

Nationwide has been voted as the best company to work for in the banking and finance sector in a recent poll of graduate employees. Out of all the companies polled, Nationwide came 17th out of 100.

The results come from a survey carried out by 'The Job Crowd' a leading graduate review website within the UK. The survey is based on anonymous personal reviews written by current graduate employees covering a range of categories affecting their whole graduate experience. Nationwide's overall ranking was 4.3 out of a possible score of 5, with graduates scoring the mutual highly for career progression, training and the company culture.

Comments from the Nationwide graduates included:

  • Nationwide has the "best culture in the financial services industry"
  • With a "very positive, supportive working environment"
  • Graduate roles were "Very exciting and different on a day-to-day basis!"
  • "Nationwide is a great company to work for"
  • "It's extremely nice to feel valued"
  • "Nationwide is an amazing employer that really takes care of its employees"

Robert Aldrich, HR Director at Nationwide said: "At Nationwide we recognise the need to invest in future talent and provide accessible routes into our organisation. We have always taken great pride in investing in our people, as recognised by our 'Investor in People' Gold Champion Status and are committed to developing these high calibre candidates so that Nationwide can continue to successfully meet the needs of its 15 million members."

Findings also highlighted:

  • The onsite facilities which complimented work-life balance
  • The Professional Qualifications offered as part of the Graduate programmes
  • The strong focus within Nationwide on graduates having ownership of and input into real and meaningful projects

Nationwide's Graduate programmes offer a number of different placements with on-the-job learning providing diverse skills and experiences. Regular face-to-face support sessions with managers and mentors help graduates develop and utilise a personalised plan tailored to their needs. Activities on offer range from team building events, presentation workshops with former television broadcasters to goal setting techniques used by the Olympic Team GB.

The application process for 2013 Graduate programmes opened 11 September 2012, for more information please visit http://www.nationwide-jobs.co.uk/business-areas/graduate-entry-talent.aspx.

Media information:

The full report can be found at: http://www.thejobcrowd.com/employer/nationwide/overview

Notes to editors:

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as the second largest savings provider and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million customers.

Since the credit crunch began in 2007, Nationwide has remained profitable against a very difficult economic environment. In the half year ending September 2011 Nationwide made a strong underlying profit of £172 million - up 17% from the previous year.

Customers can manage their finances in branch, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 16,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

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