Aviva Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Product Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aviva full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team and work life balanace

    Cons

    Limited avenue for growth and exposure

  2. Good Experience, Changing Vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuary in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Actuary in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked 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

    Lots of good experience at this employer

    Cons

    Changing vision of the company caused layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Clear vision

  3. good company but going away

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    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in West Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management, cares about employees, everyone contributes, can do attitude

    Cons

    Some risky products in their portfolio, Iowa cliques, winds of change (Athene take over of US company).

    Advice to Management

    Hedge all your risks

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  5. Extremely unstructured, I feel that I wasted my summer!

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

    I have been working at Aviva as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Mentor and manager were great!

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing politics..

  6. Awesome place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Aviva as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    LEEDs Green company, wonderful new headquarters, amazing staff. Everyone I worked with was so nice, and helpful. The building was really nice with lots of windows. The executives has interior offices, because they believe that the majority of the staff deserves to be near the windows. Every desk was ergonomic and could be raised or lowered with the touch of a button.

    Cons

    The parking lot was not covered, and in Iowa winters, and summers, was not very pleasant. Sometimes the cafeteria would get crowded, since the food serving space was not very big. I would have liked to have seen more varieties of things to eat.

  7. Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aviva

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team of people to work with, friendly work enviornment

    Cons

    May have to travel in community

    Advice to Management

    Continue to obtain employment feedback

  8. Aviva, cutting edge and growing fast, but starting to see a downward trend

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Aviva

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Growing company
    Cutting edge innovation
    Nice new West Des Moines location

    Cons

    Reorganized Life New business Department where underwiriter reports to Non-underwriting managers.
    Managers, Directors, VPs making decisions with no prior experience and not aware of potential fall-out.
    Disssatisfaction at most job levels. Individual contributers do not feel like management cares or sees the big picture anymore.
    Managers that are not seen or respected as leaders due to incompetence.
    Commmincation is very poor.
    Shift from quality underwriting decisions that estabilished Aviva as a formatable competitor to widget environment where cranking out underwriting desions is first and quality is last. This is not in the best interst of our customer and will only serve to reverse the strides we have made in the BGA market.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaulate insurance operations and strategy to see if it fits with the high level corporate objectives. Aviva became better known due to collaboration from satisfied, happy, respected employees who were proud to be part of a growing, leading edge company. Pay attention to your employee surveys (recommend you not wait until fall to do another one as talented people will not wait that long). Weed out the individuals who are just "managing" but not "leading."

  9. Very fast growing, but unorganized

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Aviva

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They're growing, and fast, especially in IT. They're hiring a lot of people right now, and I believe with their growth rate, there will be a lot of opportunity to move up as you become more senior over your peers.

    Cons

    There seems to be some disconnect with senior management, but otherwise managers are helpful, and let you balance your work with your life.

    Advice to Management

    One of the jokes at work was the lack of training. I've never gone into a job where there was almost no training program what-so-ever. Coworkers were helpful, but for a company of this size, I was blown away by the lack of on-boarding.

  10. Aviva

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Aviva

    Pros

    Good Company, efforts made to keep good associates.

    Cons

    Can be distracting, competing priorities

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, focus on core competencies

  11. Project Manager - Front Office Trading Applications

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Aviva

    Pros

    Nice people in Capital Management & IT areas
    Good work/life balance
    Ability to work from home
    Company shows appreciation for employers via holiday dinners / parties

    Cons

    lots of corporate bureaucracy
    fairly poor communication from above
    encountered too many people that lacked knowledge for their position
    below market (but this was Des Moines)
    Des Moines had to support some Canadian business processes - inefficient
    lots of outsourced IT staff with minimal business knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Seek competent staff & compensate them fairly for better results.
    Give employees more autonomy to get their jobs done quickly & accurately

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