Aviva Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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7 Ratings

Pros
  • Good career opportunities, flex work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • great people and freindly atmosphere (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Weak and out of touch senior management (in 10 reviews)

  • Boss and Top management non understanding (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good compensation but not very stable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aviva

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits package.

    Cons

    Company was sold and a lot of positions were eliminated.


  2. 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 a 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.


  3. Scizophrenic insurance carrier in Des Moines

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    great people and freindly atmosphere

    Cons

    directionally challenged and under-experienced management

    Advice to Management

    experience will help a lot


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  5. Solid company, but no room for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - QA Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - QA Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Aviva as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Product Assistant

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

    I worked at Aviva full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team and work life balanace

    Cons

    Limited avenue for growth and exposure


  7. Good Experience, Changing Vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Lots of good experience at this employer

    Cons

    Changing vision of the company caused layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Clear vision


  8. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aviva

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team of people to work with, friendly work enviornment

    Cons

    May have to travel in community

    Advice to Management

    Continue to obtain employment feedback


  9. Project Manager - Front Office Trading Applications

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

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


  10. Would be better if they stopped reorganising.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of internal job opportunities. Great head offices. Opportunities to work in different locations.

    Cons

    Political. Favouritism exists. Sometimes you have to play the corporate game to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Let things settle before reorganising again and again.


  11. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    discounts on home and car insurance

    Cons

    technology and tools used are ancient

    Advice to Management

    Update technology



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