Aviva Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
77 Reviews
3.4
77 Reviews
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic Work-Life Balance, encouraging flexible working and mobile work practises (in 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very Good Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Opportunities to learn. Exposure to Asia region. Lot of benefits.

    Cons

    High bureaucracy. Less training and remuneration. Low remuneration compared to market range. All benefits goes to permanent employee only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair to everyone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great working culture and people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Aviva full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Seemed 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Insurance application

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aviva

    Pros

    Great place to have a holistic of the Insurance Scene.

    Cons

    Mundane desk bound work, lack of personal development opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the employee.

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  5.  

    diversity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Intern  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Investment Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    environment friendly, good mentor and well training

    Cons

    communication is not very effective

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    Encourages 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.

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

    Would be great to have more proactive approach to progression and development opportunities within the group.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good salary. Bad management.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    In general quite good employer, though frustrating for ambitious people

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    quite 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva

    Pros

    Nice work culture in the company

    Cons

    Too much variation in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aviva

    Pros

    Very effective training structure. The pay was also very good for the job I did

    Cons

    Steep learning curve. Expected to know your job inside and out after the first month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend training

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