Aviva

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Aviva Reviews in London, England

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
140 Reviews
3.3
140 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, good employee focused approach (in 16 reviews)

  • Great people, and good opportunities to develop and travel internationally (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management seem out of touch with the rest of the organisation (in 10 reviews)

  • Most of them are dull, not pro-active and suffering from constant changes in strategy and Top Management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work environment and team!

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    • 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 a 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
  2.  

    Great benefits, though so much redtape can be frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Good upward mobility

    Cons

    - Risk averse
    - Red tape can impede progress
    - Not a fun environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

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

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    • 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
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  5.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No cons from me. Aviva is a great place to work for that can be challenging, but always rewarding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company

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

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

    Pros

    Personal responsibility - they give you responsibility and the space and time to deliver against those responsibilities.
    People and culture - work life balance is important - people will work long hours to deliver to schedule but it is also considered important to have time with your families and friends.

    Cons

    Group centre changes it's program structures a little too often the senior management changes lead to line changes and this does lead to project and program challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good employer

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

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

    Pros

    The company has scale and that transfers into a good benefits package for the staff. They are very good with work / life and can be very flexible. They have maintained some element of pay rise and bonus pay out over the last few years despite pressure on the business.

    Cons

    If you are in management / middle management you will find it is a large political organisation and it can be hard to get things done in a joined up way. Perceived under performance of the business by the city has led to several changes recently across the company which have changed the outlook for pay and benefits for all staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent when the business requires radical change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Short contract in Credit risk

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

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

    Pros

    competitive environment, but with a management focused on assuring a good work/life balance to the employees

    Cons

    at present i have nothing to say

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Change of strategy, Poor HR Management, Inconsistency depending on your Department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Some BUs are really challenging, with exciting people

    Cons

    Most of them are dull, not pro-active and suffering from constant changes in strategy and Top Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They don't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Unstable

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

    I worked at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    It used to be a good company but no longer today.

    Cons

    Poor quality of employees, too much politics, very unstable. The company does not care about its employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aviva part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots on interesting work, big european player in the insurance space and good benefits.

    Cons

    Constant change and cost cutting without embedding first. Management sometimes take forever to make key decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constantly changing the organisation and cost cutting could lead to decrease in morale. Embeded new process before implementing more cost cutting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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