Aviva Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
88 Reviews
3.5
88 Reviews
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance respected, though cuts both ways (in 9 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.  

    Extremely unstructured, I feel that I wasted my summer!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Dev Intern in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Software Dev Intern in Des Moines, IA

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

    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
  2.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Aviva as a contractor (less than an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aviva

    Pros

    Good team of people to work with, friendly work enviornment

    Cons

    May have to travel in community

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to obtain employment feedback

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

    I have been working at Aviva

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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."

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Very fast growing, but unorganized

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Aviva

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Aviva

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course, focus on core competencies

  8.  

    Project Manager - Front Office Trading Applications

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  9.  

    Moving in the right direction after restructure,

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good career opportunities, flex work life balance

    Cons

    Quite a political organisation to work for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Care about people, professional environment

    Cons

    Salaries are not too attractive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can have a more competitive wage structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work environment and team!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Online Communications Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Online Communications Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at Aviva for almost 2 and 1/2 years and simply loved it! Our team was extremely balanced in skills and responsibilities, so our contribution was quite effective and recognisable.

    Cons

    We had a bit of a struggle with the Group team, specially when it came to highlight the regional and local needs as opposed to the global ones.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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