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Aviva Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.2 72 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

(19 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic Work-Life Balance, encouraging flexible working and mobile work practises(in 5 reviews)

  • It used to be a good company but no longer today(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No immediate career opportunities, dis-connected senior management, no recognition of skills and contributions made by employees(in 4 reviews)

  • In IT, there aren't a lot of career opportunities, and the manager is not so understanding(in 3 reviews)

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    Comfortable Employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, good values, providing a real, tangible, beneficial service to society in general and to our customers. With our new CEO and upgraded board members, we're seeing a massive over-haul of strategy, focus on customers, investors, people and a clear understanding of the direction of travel in line with techno-societal developments.

    ConsThere remains a significant amount of old-boy politics where people have risen to positions within the company without either the necessary knowledge and talent or the capability to serve the role through gravitas and industry peer recognition. These people remain responsible for the lack of investment in staff development and hence operational inefficiencies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview the full line management down to at least E-level to determine whether the strategic messages and initiatives are actually being embedded and gaining ground, and where this is not the case, take remedial action on those senior managers who are failing in their duty to staff, their role, their company, their customers and their investors.

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

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    Over-run by consultants

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome good and capable people.

    ConsRelied on consultants and third-party providers for everything, and wondered why the budget escalated rapidly whilst nothing was delivered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave the courage of your convictions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company that provides great opportunities for its people to develop and grow.

    Marketing Director (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat people, and good opportunities to develop and travel internationally.

    ConsNo cons from me. Aviva is a great place to work for that can be challenging, but always rewarding.

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

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    Very Good Employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work life balance. Opportunities to learn. Exposure to Asia region. Lot of benefits.

    ConsHigh bureaucracy. Less training and remuneration. Low remuneration compared to market range. All benefits goes to permanent employee only.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFair to everyone

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

     

    Aviva USA was sold to Athene in October 2013

    Applications Developer III (Former Employee) West Des Moines, IA (US)

    ProsAviva USA was a good company.

    ConsAfter Aviva USA was acquired by Athene my position and hundreds of others were eliminated due to restructuring and outsourcing.

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    Great working culture and people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGood consistent training and workshops; friendly people (esp at headquarters) and management; open international culture

    ConsSeemed to be some preference for expats compared to locals; some managers did not seem to value and provide career growth opportunities for locals compared to the expats from home country in same team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Insurance application

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to have a holistic of the Insurance Scene.

    ConsMundane desk bound work, lack of personal development opportunity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower the employee.

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    diversity

    Investment Intern (Former Employee) Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    Prosenvironment friendly, good mentor and well training

    Conscommunication is not very effective

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Need to be resilient to cope with constant change and need to drive for development opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEncourages innovative thinkers. Often supportive of personal development plans. Customer at the heart of business ambition. Flexible working available if seek it out, great peer to peer support, dedicated culture.

    ConsConstant restructuring, albeit this is reducing with new leadership team. Over-stretched resources working to high expectations. Slow progression as promotions usually only available when someone leaves the business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould be great to have more proactive approach to progression and development opportunities within the group.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good salary. Bad management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Norwich, England (UK)

    ProsSalaries are very good, and there is scope to move around - if your face fits.

    ConsMy experience was one of bad management - unskilled people making their way to the top resulting in frustration and misery for their staff. Frequent redundancies means people are fearful a lot of the time and not delivering their best - only happy staff are productive to their potential. Middle management seemed very good at protecting themselves however incompetent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more creative with rewards for showing potential. Let lower levels come straight to higher management if they need to with good ideas - don't be so hierarchical. Make sure all managers are adequately qualified and attend CPD - say, all managers over a certain salary grade. All senior managers and above should be qualified to do their roles.

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

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