Aviva Reviews in Norwich, England

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
88 Reviews
3.5
88 Reviews
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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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.  

    good company but limited career prospects at present

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    Good salary. Bad management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Salaries are very good, and there is scope to move around - if your face fits.

    Cons

    My experience was one of bad management - unskilled people making their way to the top resulting in frustration and misery for their staff. Frequent redundancies means people are fearful a lot of the time and not delivering their best - only happy staff are productive to their potential. Middle management seemed very good at protecting themselves however incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative with rewards for showing potential. Let lower levels come straight to higher management if they need to with good ideas - don't be so hierarchical. Make sure all managers are adequately qualified and attend CPD - say, all managers over a certain salary grade. All senior managers and above should be qualified to do their roles.

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

    Busy doing nothing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Various in Norwich, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Great environment
    Keep staff well informed
    Salary fair
    Amazing redundancy package

    Cons

    To many restructures (on average every 18 nonths)
    Lots of 'suit speak'
    If you're in with the right people you'll do well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop restructuring so often and allow for the changes to bed do before altering structures again

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place

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

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

    Pros

    Really a great place to work and people are great

    Cons

    Progression is not that good

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