Aviva Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
39 Ratings

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. Working for Aviva

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic career development opportunities,, a very customer focussed company and great people to work with

    Cons

    two yearly cycle of redundancy in my last 4 years with the company which compromised my feeling of security and loyalty from the company that I gave 11 years service to

    Advice to Management

    continue to recognise and value your employees for the job they do and their loyalty to the company


  2. Actuarial Intern

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Aviva

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aviva's employment benefits are pretty much attractive. Company gives out fruits weekly as well as allow private gym access to encourage healthy lifestyle. People are generally nice too.

    Cons

    Did not get much exposure within the company during my internship as my manager was too busy with her project.

    Advice to Management

    Can consider planning internship programs beforehand so that interns get maximum exposure instead of "free-loading" during internship period.


  3. Worst place I have ever had the misfortune to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Bishopbriggs, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Bishopbriggs, Scotland (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job itself was good for experience and the training was decent.

    Cons

    Brutal form of management. Unable to book any holidays unless you were friends with a manager. Zero prospect of promotion unless you are related to a manager. Expect to be doing every single job other than the one you were employed to do.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate better and recognise people's strengths


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Norwich, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  6. Would be better if they stopped reorganising.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of internal job opportunities. Great head offices. Opportunities to work in different locations.

    Cons

    Political. Favouritism exists. Sometimes you have to play the corporate game to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Let things settle before reorganising again and again.


  7. DEPUTY Branch Manager andeheri

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Aviva

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing is best only spoil u r carrier

    Cons

    worst politics from top management its not MNC Its BMC company

    Advice to Management

    Please pay money of advisor and partner don't cheat them .company is lier


  8. Helpful (1)

    Could be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good selection of employee benefits and generally acceptable facilities are provided to work in.

    Cons

    Management make decisions that very difficult to understand and, at times, seem to lack foresight. Huge focus on governance and shareholder outcomes and, increasingly its treatment of staff is getting poorer. There isn't really any scope for a career with Aviva.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder on understanding the jobs of those you manage so that you can make decisions that are more prudential.


  9. Sweat shop environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarborough, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    My colleagues are amazing.
    Benefits are good.
    Gym in the building

    Cons

    It's a sweat shop type of workplace with only 30 mins lunch. Management lacks the skills to actually lead their teams. If you want to get promoted, you will need to kiss the ground the manager walks on. Favouritism is how you will be promoted, and not because you have the skills and knowledge. I don't think I will be staying for the company much longer

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and get rid of the sweat shop type of environment. Value your employees more as we all work hard.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Put your brain in a Jar

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is not many left...
    Flexible working hours, generally nice people, work life balance is good.Facilities and benefits have been taken away one by one over the last few years

    Cons

    General lack of technical knowledge, Terrible marketing management team. in the health business in particular, pay freeze for 5 years, underpaid staff. Too many pointless meetings, lack of desire and passion to do anything innovative, projects RARELY get delivered or take twice as long as they should, lack of leadership, 'click' in middle management where its all about personal gain rather than the company. Half the staff have been laid off. No job security. Serious lack of training course. Staff are generally miserable working there...

    Advice to Management

    Have a good look at the middle tier of management. This is the main issue in the company. There are lots of smart people who are overlooked and not given responsibility. Invest in your staff, bring out the best in them. Stop segregating and blocking people who want to learn. All the good people are leaving and moving to companies where they are paid properly and can learn again. Most people are just hanging on for an eventual payout because they have been there a long time.


  11. Good company but it's time to move on

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Scarborough, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is going in the right direction for the most part.

    Cons

    I am looking for a new job because they will pay me more if I leave then come back as a new hire.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the HR policies are undermining management's efforts in retaining the best people.



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