Aviva Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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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. Project manager

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very organized and well directed leadership.

    Cons

    Operating in a highly regulated industry means there's only so much of the new technologies being utilized.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways for technical staff to work on newer emerging technologies.


  2. Ok - Low Salary, Little room for promotion

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    Current Employee - Pricing Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pricing Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, arrive at 9 and normally leave at 5 as long as no pressing deadlines

    Cons

    poor salaries, poor scope for progression

    Advice to Management

    reward your employees


  3. Sometimes frustrating if you don't fit into the mould, but extremely loyal and rewarding

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people Excellent facilities Helpful with progression Drive you to achieve more Trust

    Cons

    Wage could be better Can be a bit clicky at lower levels

    Advice to Management

    Put people in positions you wouldn't imagine they would do well in; they might surprise you.


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  5. good company but limited career prospects at present

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    Current Employee - Risk in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Risk in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. A few good people left

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Those that remain know what they are doing

    Cons

    Too many restructures. Outsourcing of IT and now seeing the costs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hold of SME's and listen to them.


  7. Good salary. Bad management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Comfortable, friendly, boring, confused, bureaucratic, secure.

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    Current Contractor - Oracle Developer in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Oracle Developer in Norwich, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aviva as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very pleasant, friendly co-workers. Nice location. Good work-life balance. (Slightly below) average salary. Low stress. (Though that might be changing). Lots of care-free, friendly meetings. Good restaurant.

    Cons

    Very old-guard management (even - especially - among some of the younger ones). No leadership. No planning (but plenty of schedules and deadlines - dates and 'deltas'). Quite confused management. Little real understanding of the technology. No sense of direction nor clear goals. Low-level "resource managers" and "work-package managers" assign you tasks they couldn't begin to know anything about. "Real" management live in a world of their own - you never see them. Lots of meaningless documents which, if you have any actual professional pride, make you weep. Traditional "management/technical" split.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the business.


  9. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Change Management in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Change Management in Norwich, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people Good work/life balance Good to work right in centre of Norwich Interesting mix of work and locations in Norwich and around UK

    Cons

    Constant re orgs and redundancy programmes Weak and out of touch senior management Quite political in some areas Working in UKL out in Broadlands Too much non-value self-generated work - many staff doing non-jobs


  10. Deminishing employee packages, increasing demand, was great, now only ok!

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    Current Employee - IT Worker in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large organisation - more opportunity Excellent people to to work with Reputable company with strong brand Variety of central locations Can be good to make things happen. If your face fits and the time is right Is the grass really greener on the other side? Good attempt at promoting culture, diversity, values

    Cons

    Way too much bureaucracy company seems to have lost it's way Way too many reorganisations before embedding changes Morale significantly affected overall but this variable between departments Always striving ahead, but actually how much really achieved and what of less visible costs Some areas significantly lacking employees engagement as a result Above head of level management roles too fleeting Lots of lengthy reorganisation, job uncertainty, but help and opportunity for redeployment Lots of time and money wasted Inhibited by structure and systems acquired throughout amalgamations

    Advice to Management

    Length and frequency of reorganisation a serious drawback Bureaucracy a massive hindrance to organisational success Keep exec in place for longer to see through the aftermath of strategy Employ management that care about staff


  11. Busy doing nothing

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    Former Employee - Various in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Various in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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