Aviva
3.1 of 5 68 reviews
www.aviva.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 18, 2014

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88% Approve of the CEO

Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

(16 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Fantastic Work-Life Balance, encouraging flexible working and mobile work practises"
    in 4 reviews
  • "It used to be a good company but no longer today"
    in 4 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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Aviva USA was sold to Athene in October 2013

Applications Developer III (Former Employee)
West Des Moines, IA

I worked at Aviva full-time for more than a year

ProsAviva USA was a good company.

ConsAfter Aviva USA was acquired by Athene my position and hundreds of others were eliminated due to restructuring and outsourcing.

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Insurance application

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Aviva

ProsGreat place to have a holistic of the Insurance Scene.

ConsMundane desk bound work, lack of personal development opportunity.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower the employee.

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Great working culture and people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at Aviva full-time

ProsGood consistent training and workshops; friendly people (esp at headquarters) and management; open international culture

ConsSeemed to be some preference for expats compared to locals; some managers did not seem to value and provide career growth opportunities for locals compared to the expats from home country in same team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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diversity

Investment Intern (Former Employee)
Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

I worked at Aviva part-time for less than a year

Prosenvironment friendly, good mentor and well training

Conscommunication is not very effective

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good salary. Bad management.

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

I worked at Aviva full-time for more than 5 years

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

ConsMy 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Need to be resilient to cope with constant change and need to drive for development opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Aviva full-time

ProsEncourages innovative thinkers. Often supportive of personal development plans. Customer at the heart of business ambition. Flexible working available if seek it out, great peer to peer support, dedicated culture.

ConsConstant restructuring, albeit this is reducing with new leadership team. Over-stretched resources working to high expectations. Slow progression as promotions usually only available when someone leaves the business.

Advice to Senior ManagementWould be great to have more proactive approach to progression and development opportunities within the group.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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In general quite good employer, though frustrating for ambitious people

Human Resources Consultant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Aviva full-time for more than 3 years

Prosnice salary and benefits plans, marvelous CR, well-developed HR, with new senior leaders bright future plans, quite good work-life balance, investment in technology

Consquite weak company culture, promotion based on rather who you know, not what you do, global perspective at its start, attachment to tradition not to pro-active, innovative thinking, unclear career paths

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Aviva

ProsNice work culture in the company

ConsToo much variation in the company

Advice to Senior ManagementNA

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A great company to develop into a professional, most people over time can work up the ranks.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Aviva full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood opportunities to push yourself in a large organisation in practically any direction.

ConsA company the appears to have seen it's best days, cost cutting and redundancies seem to be order of the day now.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Scizophrenic insurance carrier in Des Moines

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Aviva full-time for more than 5 years

Prosgreat people and freindly atmosphere

Consdirectionally challenged and under-experienced management

Advice to Senior Managementexperience will help a lot

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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