Aviva

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Aviva Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
131 Reviews
3.5
131 Reviews
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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23 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance respected, though cuts both ways (in 9 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good work-life balance and friendly co-workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job rotation is encouraged for more junior staff, good training programmes for management, modern offices, active sports and social club, generous holidays and fairly standard working hours.

    Cons

    Salary increases can be below the market - increased responsibilities do not always carry a commensurate increase in salary. My negotiation skills improved while I was there as a result.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Company Sold to Athene/Global Atlantic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva

    Pros

    Awesome CEO, nice building, on-site cafeteria and gym

    Cons

    Business was sold and job was eliminated

  3.  

    Good place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good employee focused approach

    Cons

    Not very progressive, might feel stuck in the profile after a while.
    The appraisal process is not transparent and it totally depends on ones relation with the manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Moving in the right direction after restructure,

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good career opportunities, flex work life balance

    Cons

    Quite a political organisation to work for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Politics, Red Tape & Bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Java Developer
    Former Employee - Java Developer

    I worked at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    There are still some decent people left even after various rounds of redundancies. You do get to learn a lot because every department is under resourced

    Cons

    Threat of redundancies, muddled thinking by management, loads of red tape, not enough recognition for your efforts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more clarity in thought, outsourcing is not a long term solution, focus on talent retention and hire good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Care about people, professional environment

    Cons

    Salaries are not too attractive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can have a more competitive wage structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work environment and team!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Online Communications Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Online Communications Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at Aviva for almost 2 and 1/2 years and simply loved it! Our team was extremely balanced in skills and responsibilities, so our contribution was quite effective and recognisable.

    Cons

    We had a bit of a struggle with the Group team, specially when it came to highlight the regional and local needs as opposed to the global ones.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva

    Pros

    Location, job scope, team, management

    Cons

    The work hours can be quite long

  10.  

    Great company and heritage; at last recovering, but with impaired potential, from calamitous CGU / Norwich Union merger.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sincere commitment to diversity (though cliquey in parts)
    Basic pay OK / bonuses good at senior levels
    Work-life balance respected, though cuts both ways
    Friendly environment, though massive staff turnover has not helped

    Cons

    Endless reorganisations and changes of direction, overwhelmingly driven by financial considerations that often turn out to be cosmetic (e.g. extensive form in over-shooting budgeted one-off costs of restructuring, which turn out not to be one-off after all)
    Goes through the motions of meritocracy, but, with notable exceptions, through several transitions / reinventions at the top table, senior managers tend to be surrounded by their mates, and progression is difficult without fairly blatant patronage
    Too many consultants, often there for CYA purposes or because the group has fired people it actually needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given the heritage, the present position is a travesty of the historic potential, but the present team is doing a reasonable job of putting the damaged wagon back on the rails. A pity, and stretching the limits of plausibility, that the best people for the top jobs seem to be so predominantly old AIA cronies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good company but limited career prospects at present

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Risk in Norwich, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Aviva is very easy to do work for, they are great in terms of work life balance, they pay well and you can sense that your contribution is valued.

    Cons

    Your face has to fit to achieve any real career progression. I joined 10 years ago and I would say the levels of loyalty in both directions do really appear to have reduced and this is no helped by some stupid decisions made at exec level over the last couple of years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO does really seem to be turning things around not just in the markets but in the culture of the company but he is still quite new so more needs to be done. In my view if anybody can do it he seems to be the one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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