Aviva

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Aviva Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
133 Reviews
3.4
133 Reviews
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, good employee focused approach (in 16 reviews)

  • Great people, and good opportunities to develop and travel internationally (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management seem out of touch with the rest of the organisation (in 10 reviews)

  • Most of them are dull, not pro-active and suffering from constant changes in strategy and Top Management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Used to be great company in terms of employee benefits but post recession in insurance industry it is loosing its charm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aviva

    Pros

    Technology driven following good practises

    Cons

    As employee resigne gap not getting filled this leads to additional pressure existing employee no expansion things getting stagnated

  2.  

    Comfortable Employer

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good values, providing a real, tangible, beneficial service to society in general and to our customers. With our new CEO and upgraded board members, we're seeing a massive over-haul of strategy, focus on customers, investors, people and a clear understanding of the direction of travel in line with techno-societal developments.

    Cons

    There remains a significant amount of old-boy politics where people have risen to positions within the company without either the necessary knowledge and talent or the capability to serve the role through gravitas and industry peer recognition. These people remain responsible for the lack of investment in staff development and hence operational inefficiencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the full line management down to at least E-level to determine whether the strategic messages and initiatives are actually being embedded and gaining ground, and where this is not the case, take remedial action on those senior managers who are failing in their duty to staff, their role, their company, their customers and their investors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Terrible place for software developers, just want code monkeys

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norwich, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good hours, holidays, flexible working, that's about it.

    Cons

    No recognition for doing a good job, promotion non-existent if you want to remain technical, incompetent managers, clueless BAs, are making a travesty of agile development (almost physically painful to work on some projects), talk a good game about engineering/quality and still think it's ok to ship serious bugs in live. Run by people who've been there a long time and block anyone new from getting on. Awful legacy systems (the worst I've seen), reliant on contract/offshore staff who don't give a toss, zero training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have people running your IT who have never been developers, and have no idea what they are doing, you cannot succeed while they are in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Over-run by consultants

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    Some good and capable people.

    Cons

    Relied on consultants and third-party providers for everything, and wondered why the budget escalated rapidly whilst nothing was delivered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage of your convictions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A few good people left

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

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Those that remain know what they are doing

    Cons

    Too many restructures. Outsourcing of IT and now seeing the costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hold of SME's and listen to them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company that provides great opportunities for its people to develop and grow.

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

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, and good opportunities to develop and travel internationally.

    Cons

    No cons from me. Aviva is a great place to work for that can be challenging, but always rewarding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good employer

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

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has scale and that transfers into a good benefits package for the staff. They are very good with work / life and can be very flexible. They have maintained some element of pay rise and bonus pay out over the last few years despite pressure on the business.

    Cons

    If you are in management / middle management you will find it is a large political organisation and it can be hard to get things done in a joined up way. Perceived under performance of the business by the city has led to several changes recently across the company which have changed the outlook for pay and benefits for all staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent when the business requires radical change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor promotion opportunities, undemocratic culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aviva full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Training was good at the outset, although this didn't last. Expectations were high and there was a sense of satisfaction from a job well done, although this frequently didn't translate into recognition from above.

    Cons

    Mediocre salary package, poor pension provision; promotion was for the favoured few, who very often were not the people actually delivering value for the business. Bosses changed frequently as people jockeyed for position, which led to a lack of continuity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear on where the real talent is within your team and develop it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company

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

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

    Pros

    Personal responsibility - they give you responsibility and the space and time to deliver against those responsibilities.
    People and culture - work life balance is important - people will work long hours to deliver to schedule but it is also considered important to have time with your families and friends.

    Cons

    Group centre changes it's program structures a little too often the senior management changes lead to line changes and this does lead to project and program challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very Good Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva as a contractor (more than an 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

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