At Nationwide, 86 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 823 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.83. It was published on Sep 11, 2017. 56712 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked Nationwide to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Nationwide is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S.  The company provides a broad range of insurance and financial products and services.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
US Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio, 43215 Major Locations: Columbus, Ohio, 43215; Des Moines, Iowa, 50391; San Antonio, Texas, 78251; Scottsdale, Arizona, 85258; Gainesville, Florida, 32608
US Employees: 34,041 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1926

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Perks and Programs

We asked Nationwide to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • A robust pension and 401(k) plan: At Nationwide, we care about associates’ financial stability during and beyond their careers. In an age when most companies have stopped offering pension plans (including 70% of Fortune 100 companies), we’ve continued offering a pension plan plus a 401(k) program. After completing a year of service, eligible associates automatically join the pension plan and their benefits begin to grow. Better yet, the plan is 100% funded by Nationwide and our associates are fully vested after three years. We’re also committed to offering a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions. With a best-in-class 95% participation rate, we’re proud to contribute to the financial well-being and retirement readiness of our associates.
  • My Flex: We're committed to helping associates balance their personal lives with their work lives. In 2016, we expanded our programs and launched MyFlex, a new site where associates can learn about the variety of flexible work arrangements we offer at Nationwide.  These include time off, support for unexpected life events, work from home and flexible schedules.  We also launched a new time off plan, Life Time, that gives associates an additional 8 hours of time off to use when they need it.    
  • Jeans, please: Extending our flexibility in terms of dress code has been a theme associates have suggested over the years — in particular, including jeans when appropriate.  In 2015, we moved to business casual dress guidelines that include jeans! This change speaks to how Nationwide leadership takes associate suggestions to heart.  
  • Backup care for children and adults: When our associates have an emergency and need backup child or elder care, they can count on Bright Horizons, a leading national provider of care for children and adults.  A care consultant can assist in finding the arrangement that best meets associates' needs and will work with them to make sure they acquire the care that's needed.  
  • Associates Helping Associates: At Nationwide, we’re more than just a company. We’re a family, and just like we care for our members, we care for one another. When associates asked for ways to help their colleagues, we created our Associates Helping Associates financial assistance program. It’s our way of supporting our colleagues who experience extreme financial hardship resulting from a disaster or personal tragedy.
  • Maternity concierge services: At Nationwide, moms — and dads — matter. Because of the input from the newly formed Moms of Nationwide group, the maternity concierge services offered to our working parents were enhanced to allow for personal nurses to help them navigate the multitude of resources available. The program helps our associates plan their entire maternity leave and their return to work. Through our Make Safe Happen initiative, we provide gifts and resources to our associates’ newborns that promote safe sleeping, as well as gift boxes that contain helpful items for new parents, and Baby Kits to help keep their growing families safe and healthy.
  • Catalyst for Change: At Nationwide, we are comfortable discussing things that matter. As a result of recent events that have impacted our local communities and our nation, our senior leaders began hosting a series of Catalyst for Change associate exchanges. The purpose of the exchanges? To facilitate a fact-based, solutions-focused dialogue between associates and our most senior leaders. Leaders and associates use the ideas and suggestions discussed in these dialogues to bring about positive change in our workplace and communities. In addition, we’re hosting a series of educational sessions that help inform associates about more about pressing topics such as poverty, immigration and community/police relations.
  • Associate Resource Groups: Our Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) help associates find meaningful ways to connect with one another and move our D&I strategy forward. These groups offer networking opportunities, develop leadership skills, volunteer in the community, and perhaps get involved in advising the business. We’ve seen tremendous growth in participation due to our intentional efforts to ensure every associate is aware of and can join any of our ARGs. Starting on day one, new associates are provided with an opportunity to join the ARGs that interest them.
  • Incentives for everyone: At Nationwide, whether you’re an administrative assistant, a mailroom clerk or an executive, we all share in our company’s success and are eligible for a bonus. Few companies can make this claim. We align associate performance with our strategic priorities and noble purpose to meet our members’ needs. When the company does well, our associates do well. We set up our incentive plan metrics so that rewards are based primarily on how the whole company is doing. This helps offset business areas that may experience difficult years, which allows us to reward all hardworking associates across the company.


3% Average 401(k)/403b company contribution per employee72% Company-paid health coverage for employees
72% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 72% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
19 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $2,404 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$5,250 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement
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29 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 29 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
29 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (25% use it)
  • Telecommute option (21% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (4% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (Onsite package/mailing services, Massage therapy, Discount ticket sales, Fitness classes, Car wash, Weight Watchers meetings, Hair salon, Convenience store, Dry cleaning, Banks/onsite ATMs, Nurses, Red Cross facility, Coffee shop, Bakery shop, Cafeterias, Personal travel service, Subsidized public transportation, Employer sponsored shopping discounts, Travel planning services, Employer sponsored sports teams, Food services, Free/discount uniform, Cross training to develop skills not directly related to their job, Professional license application or renewal, Certification /recertification, Professional memberships, Professional development opportunities, Photo developing, Pharmacy - includes discounted products for associates, Supplemental hospital indemnity, Critical illness insurance, Travel insurance, Meditation room, Tailor shop, Notary Public, Free wi-fi, Vendor fairs, Farmers' markets, Discount for personal products e.g. cell phones, computers, etc. Associates can receive discounts on Nationwide products including auto, property and pet insurance. In addition to a host of other on-site perks, our Veterinary Pet Insurance line of business has bring your pet to work day which includes exotic pets.)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 50 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
51 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*7 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*10 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

$44,300,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $10,110,581 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
SVP Corp Real Estate Leads environmental impact team Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit
8 LEED certified building(s) Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Renewable energy program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees; Speakers of English as a second language; Employees reentering the workforce
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery
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How to Get Hired

We asked Nationwide for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We seek candidates who are driven and caring. It is not just about filling a position. It’s about embracing a personality and finding someone who has a unique perspective and passion for action. We expect associates to embody our mission and vision, and live our values. Our values are so important to us that our screening, assessment and interviewing tools are all designed to ensure the candidates we hire hold similar values and beliefs. We encourage all associates to be themselves and express their unique personality. We care deeply about doing what’s right, and we work hard for each other, our members, our partners, and our communities. When we speak with candidates, our main intent is to help them experience the unique culture we have at Nationwide. We inquire about community service and see how they embrace feedback. Are they learners who will continue to grow along with us?

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

When we speak to candidates, we let them know the interview is as much about them as it is about us. We have a lot of unique and rewarding opportunities at Nationwide. Prospective employees should show how they match with our core values and how they are involved in their community. We also want prospective candidates to show how they relate to Nationwide’s positive culture of diversity and inclusion.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Nationwide is always looking for people who are genuinely interested in helping members and other associates in everything that they do. In the Direct and Member Solutions Lines of Business, we have hundreds of claims and member services opportunities which help us fulfill our obligations to our members. In our Nationwide Property and Casualty Lines of Business have many roles which focus on helping our members attain the right coverages so they can protect what matters most. In Nationwide Financial, we have several roles focused on giving members peace of mind by securing their financial futures and retirement.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Please visit us at to learn more about Nationwide and what areas you could see yourself in as a new associate.

hiring Outlook

8,200 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 46% New hires by employee referrals
47% Openings filled by current employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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