Aviva Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. good company but going away

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  2. Good place to work

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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA
    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."


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  5. Very fast growing, but unorganized

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    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.


  6. Aviva

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

    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


  7. Project Manager - Front Office Trading Applications

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA

    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Advancing is difficult

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Proposition Manager in York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Proposition Manager in York, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pension and the people are great

    Cons

    advancement can be difficult, especially if you are a 'bright young thing'. Your years of experience are valued more than your potential. Pay increases are difficult as you can't get more than a 5% increase.


  9. Overall a good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global presence, opportunities to progress, good CEO

    Cons

    Dull industry, bureaucratic at times, stuck in old ways

    Advice to Management

    Think differently about promotions to senior positions, choose forward thinking motivated individuals, too much creativity is lost


  10. Ok - Low Salary, Little room for promotion

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pricing Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pricing Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, arrive at 9 and normally leave at 5 as long as no pressing deadlines

    Cons

    poor salaries, poor scope for progression

    Advice to Management

    reward your employees


  11. HR

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well driven company with clear goals

    Cons

    didn't feel connected to the company - induction could do so much more

    Advice to Management

    nurture your talent, don't make it overly competitive.



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