Aviva Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
88 Reviews
3.5
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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.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    environment friendly, good mentor and well training

    Cons

    communication is not very effective

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    In general quite good employer, though frustrating for ambitious people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

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

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

    I worked at Aviva full-time (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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Good place to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Very supporting of family/work balance
    Friendly culture
    Nice environment
    Good benefits package
    Modern IT when it comes to front line operations

    Cons

    The business went through a lot of restructuring and has fired a lot of people. This is causing a lot of resentment around the business. Investment/change budget is slashed dramatically so it feels like nothing is moving, but the business is slowly springing back to life!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage transformation better and be clear/open about the future growth strategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Unstable

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

    I worked at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    It used to be a good company but no longer today.

    Cons

    Poor quality of employees, too much politics, very unstable. The company does not care about its employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Test Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva

    Pros

    Local, good salary, good people, flexibility, nice offices

    Cons

    Massive cost cutting over many years, command and control culture, corporate contradiction, share price first - customer second, weak IT strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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