Aviva

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Aviva Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
137 Reviews
3.3
137 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Adviser in York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Risk Adviser in York, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    All the managers I've been under are very supportive, so the company as a whole. I don't think you could get a better job for the money they pay

    Cons

    Promotions within the company are slow to come and hard fought after

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your staff like children, keep systems thinking in mind and always give your staff the chance to improve themselves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A large and political financial institution

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

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

    Pros

    Great people
    very flexible in terms of time, especially if you have kids
    For IT mostly located in York and Norwich which are small wonderful cities with great quality of life
    Changing rapidly into Agile environment

    Cons

    Might mean a bit of travel between Norwich/York and London.
    Career path is very bad for IT
    Lack of training
    Slow to change
    Very political and hard to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better career paths...

  7.  

    Short contract in Credit risk

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

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

    Pros

    competitive environment, but with a management focused on assuring a good work/life balance to the employees

    Cons

    at present i have nothing to say

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great working culture and people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    Overall good company to work for

    • 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

    Pros

    Good benefits package and nice environment to work in.

    Cons

    Senior management seem out of touch with the rest of the organisation.

  10.  

    Insurance application

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  11.  

    Change of strategy, Poor HR Management, Inconsistency depending on your Department

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Some BUs are really challenging, with exciting people

    Cons

    Most of them are dull, not pro-active and suffering from constant changes in strategy and Top Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They don't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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