October 04, 2013 10:36 ET

Nationwide Tops Graduate Employer Survey Within the Banking and Finance Sector for Second Year

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Oct. 4, 2013) - Nationwide has been voted as the best company to work for in the banking and finance sector for the second year running in a recent poll of graduate employees. Across all sectors Nationwide came 20th out of the top 100 companies.

The survey conducted by 'The Job Crowd', a leading graduate review website within the UK, 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 an impressive 4.3 out of a possible score of 5, with graduates scoring the Society highly for company culture, colleagues and environmental awareness.

Comments from the Nationwide graduates included:

  • It is an "amazing employer which really takes care of its employees"
  • Nationwide provides "excellent learning & development opportunities"
  • With an "extremely positive and supportive working environment"
  • The Society has the "best culture out there in financial services, really supportive"
  • "More customer focused than many of its competitors"
  • "The ethos and people at Nationwide make it a brilliant place to work"

Robert Aldrich, HR Director at Nationwide said: "At Nationwide we've always taken pride in investing in our people and we place great emphasis on identifying and developing key talent. We aim to ensure that our graduates are given every opportunity to succeed as we look to them to fulfil leadership roles in the future.

"The importance of culture ranks highly in the survey results again this year, with many of our graduates citing this as one of the reasons they enjoy working here. Our ethos is built on being diverse, supportive and inclusive and, at Nationwide, we believe that by nurturing a strong culture, our employees are better placed to serve our members in the best possible way."

Findings also highlighted:

  • The onsite facilities which complemented work-life balance
  • The Professional Qualifications and training offered as part of the Graduate programmes
  • The strong focus within Nationwide on culture and corporate responsibility

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.

The application process for 2014 Graduate programmes opened in September 2013, for more information please visit

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The full report can be found at:

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 members.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 15,000 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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