ANV Insurance Reviews

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Completely Taken Advantage Of

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Not UW  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Not UW in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ANV Insurance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's hard to describe a positive thing about this company. The marketing guys do a good job of making it look like a nice and modern enterprise but that's all, it's a façade and as you work you'll find out this is just a mirage.
    The only positive thing about working in this company has been getting out of it.

    Cons

    are multiple: there's no way to improve no matter how hard or how many hours you work. There's a very strange feeling in the ANV offices. I would say fear, people work in fear there constantly since there's no stability and workers know that.

    Friendship and favoritism is the only way to get promoted, many lies are told,
    and the company records conversations with workers in the meetings room, invading
    privacy. Also by installing software to track you on the company cell phones. I never felt as though my phone or email conversations were private.

    Working full weekends, some days 18H of work and they will ask for more but
    they wont promote you no matter what.

    My experience has shown that middle management makes it impossible to showcase your
    work to upper management. When my manager found out that I was working hard he
    clipped my wings because he was threatened.

    The Spanish culture makes its presence felt in this company, they have the
    management company located in Spain and you can feel that from the very beginning,
    being an American company with a Spanish work ethic and corporate culture, very
    sad indeed.

    Sexual and disgusting comments are common by some, as well defending fascism...
    also comments towards slavery have been very disgusting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch closely you workers because you have some talented people working there but you have many rotten managers (predators) that keep their position by hiding their technical
    mediocrity as well as hiding the skill of their employees. What you expect by
    treating people like that? You think that just because you established your
    company in a recession country people will accept being treated like slaves? Think again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Verba non Acta (words and not facts)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriting  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Underwriting in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ANV Insurance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are no pros at this stage unless you are new to insurance and you have no professional reputation. The only apparent pro would be compensation. On the other hand compensation is based upon words and not on facts. If you believe in gentlemen agreements you would engage, also based upon the principle of trust a fundamental requirement when engaging within the Lloyd's environment. On the other hand the counterparts (Management) have proven not to be at the level of such principle when engaging with staff proving that the fundamental value at the origin of the name of the company (in Latin ACTA NON VERBA) is false.

    Cons

    The cons are the main driver of such company. In particular the politically driven environment constantly manipulated by Management to hide the existing issues from staff is a cancer that is contaminating every corner of such company. Their false engagements with staff is proving to back fire in its retail expansion due to the fact that the initial job descriptions and remunerations are subsequently changed, exposing staff to unpleasant and demotivating episodes, which then outflow into the marketplace and jeopardize any future market penetration. Their limited product capability and limited presence is also a concrete fact that proves the impossibility of achieving the needed IRR to produce the false employee remuneration promised during its foundation.
    Reputational issues are a problem that will limit any aspiration of success of ANV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to yourself, to employees, to clients and to investors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    A mess of a company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ANV Insurance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a company with a poor reputation the only way it can retain employees is by paying well.
    If the company does somehow get its act together, there could be opportunity for career growth. If the promises of employee ownership ever, ever, ever materialize, there could be some money to be made.

    The confused looks on people's faces after a rare speech by the CEO sometimes makes for a laugh. Nice terrace in the sunny Barcelona office that apparently Shakira shot a commercial on.

    Cons

    Senior management has made so many false promises and changed direction so often without communicating why that it no longer has any credibility. The insurance industry, and employees, no longer respect the current CEO. The company is trying to grow by acquisition when it has very little actual experience doing so and underestimates, to itself and investors, the operational difficulties involved. Favoritism and cronyism are rife.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new management with operational experience. Kick visionaries up the ladder or out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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