Aviva Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
88 Reviews
3.5
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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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  1.  

    Aviva USA was sold to Athene in October 2013

    Former Employee - Applications Developer III in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Applications Developer III in West Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Aviva USA was a good company.

    Cons

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

  2.  

    Scizophrenic insurance carrier in Des Moines

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great people and freindly atmosphere

    Cons

    directionally challenged and under-experienced management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    experience will help a lot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Solid company, but no room for growth.

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    Former Employee - QA Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - QA Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Aviva as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in the QA department at Aviva. They had good training programs and a nice company culture. Everyone who I worked with was great, including my supervisors, for the most part.

    Cons

    Layoffs and mismanagement. We felt like our jobs were constantly in jeopardy (and they were). I think that employees could have been better utilized and that would have led to more productivity and efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to make employees more productive rather than cutting costs, moving locations, etc.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Product Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great team and work life balanace

    Cons

    Limited avenue for growth and exposure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Experience, Changing Vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuary in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Actuary in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good experience at this employer

    Cons

    Changing vision of the company caused layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aviva

    Pros

    Good team of people to work with, friendly work enviornment

    Cons

    May have to travel in community

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to obtain employment feedback

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Project Manager - Front Office Trading Applications

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Aviva

    Pros

    Nice people in Capital Management & IT areas
    Good work/life balance
    Ability to work from home
    Company shows appreciation for employers via holiday dinners / parties

    Cons

    lots of corporate bureaucracy
    fairly poor communication from above
    encountered too many people that lacked knowledge for their position
    below market (but this was Des Moines)
    Des Moines had to support some Canadian business processes - inefficient
    lots of outsourced IT staff with minimal business knowledge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek competent staff & compensate them fairly for better results.
    Give employees more autonomy to get their jobs done quickly & accurately

  9.  

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

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    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
  10.  

    Insurance application

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aviva

    Pros

    Great place to have a holistic of the Insurance Scene.

    Cons

    Mundane desk bound work, lack of personal development opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the employee.

  11.  

    diversity

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

    I worked at Aviva part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    environment friendly, good mentor and well training

    Cons

    communication is not very effective

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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