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Aviva Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
74 Reviews

3.5
74 Reviews
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic Work-Life Balance, encouraging flexible working and mobile work practises (in 5 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.  

    Unstable

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in London, England (UK)

    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
  2.  

    Warning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    None company is not a great place to work

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and vision. Blame culture. No ownership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul required

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corrupt and incompetent

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    Former Employee - Head of  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head of in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    None, even the coffee machine was rubbish

    Cons

    Populated by white middle aged, middle class blokes devising products nobody wants to buy with unsustainable commission levels to support greedy distribution channels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People who get a senior level job with Aviva sigh with relief they will never have to put in a hard day of graft ever again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    it's disappointingf

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    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer
    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer

    Pros

    none ..the owner is simply a daydreamer who wants to get rich pronto

    Cons

    delayed salaries

    non pyt of gov't dues & suppkiers' accts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Unstructured Mess - Finally being straightened out?

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Fantastic Work-Life Balance, encouraging flexible working and mobile work practises.
    Has lots of potential for positive change and efficiencies. Good flexible benefits package.

    Cons

    At the Aviva Group Centre there is such a poor handle on HR and talent management issues. In three years I had 10 line managers, and not once did a HR representative email or talk to me about these changes.

    The 6 monthly appraisal system is completely flawed and is just a tick in the box exercise. Talent Management practises strangely only are available from 'Head of' and above, which to me is completely backwards.

    Recent mass redundancies made it openly apparent that the organisation is extremely politically motivated and senior management therefore are hard to trust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out HR practises in AGC and don't let senior (people) managers and directors have full control on HR issues, otherwise you will find that constructive dismissal cases will start appearing.
    People managers need to be trained on how to manage people, my experience of 10 in 3 years will say that most didn't have a clue as to how to motivate, lead and manage a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Extremely unstructured, I feel that I wasted my summer!

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    Current Employee - Software Dev Intern  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Software Dev Intern in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Mentor and manager were great!

    Cons

    Failing IT department, waterfall development is a fail-- Very unstructured intern program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing politics..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good- bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    culture created by aviva global

    Cons

    bad management, no quality control, biased and irresponsible decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be responsible and should work for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Cronyism rife

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good pay and quite a good HR team at the top. They really do care for customers and all the issues facing customers. They have tied the promises they make to customers to the ones they make to employees, so things like 360-degree reviews are in place. Teams genuinely try to cross-pollinate and work together on shared problems and share the celebrations when they are due.

    Cons

    Cronyism nullifies a lot of the benefits - if you have a terrible manager, you have little chance of going anywhere except out the door.

    Simply awful attitudes to men and women with young children - think hard before taking maternity or paternity leave at all, else you may find yourself replaced.

    The permissions culture invades everything - novel solutions to tricky problems will not be implemented or considered. Committies make decisions in ways that cater to political and self-serving interests, not interests that benefit teams, products or employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the permissions culture, allow more autonomy and weed out the Heads and Directors that hold back the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor management, managers employes OWN friends

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    Pros

    Learn how to due with problems alone.

    Cons

    Poor management doesn't care their workforce, no work life balance, new staffs were being introduced by manager and they were come from the same company before...complicated relationships between employees. All mess and making same mistake on daily basic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No, no one listen, no one care. Just wait until it sold their business out and leave the market once for all. If you entering this company without any relationship, you will need to know you have to work extra hard other got referral doesn't work at all and they all getting positive reviews but not you...

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Where to start

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Galway (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Galway (Ireland)

    Pros

    The people working here are some of the nicest you will meet.

    Cons

    time off is never available,
    often looked down on by people from head office,
    high turnover of staff,
    not sufficient training or support,
    not able to effectively impliment a growth plan taking all areas of the business into consideration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people and move away from the pay progression model you have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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