Aviva (United Kingdom)

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Aviva (United Kingdom) Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
36 Reviews
3.3
36 Reviews
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Aviva (United Kingdom) CEO Mark Wilson
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  1.  

    Excellent company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aviva (United Kingdom) as a contractor for more than a 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
  2.  

    Terrible place for software developers, just want code monkeys

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norwich, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aviva (United Kingdom) full-time for 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
  3.  

    A few good people left

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)

    I worked at Aviva (United Kingdom) full-time for 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
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  5.  

    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 (United Kingdom) full-time for 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
  6.  

    Poor promotion opportunities, undemocratic culture

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

    I worked at Aviva (United Kingdom) full-time for 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
  7.  

    A large and political financial institution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect
    Current Employee - IT Architect

    I have been working at Aviva (United Kingdom) full-time for 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...

  8.  

    Short contract in Credit risk

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    • 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 (United Kingdom) full-time for more than a 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
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aviva (United Kingdom) full-time for 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
  10.  

    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 (United Kingdom)

    Pros

    Good benefits package and nice environment to work in.

    Cons

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

  11.  

    Comfortable, friendly, boring, confused, bureaucratic, secure.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oracle Developer  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Oracle Developer in Norwich, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aviva (United Kingdom) as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very pleasant, friendly co-workers. Nice location. Good work-life balance. (Slightly below) average salary. Low stress. (Though that might be changing). Lots of care-free, friendly meetings. Good restaurant.

    Cons

    Very old-guard management (even - especially - among some of the younger ones). No leadership. No planning (but plenty of schedules and deadlines - dates and 'deltas'). Quite confused management. Little real understanding of the technology. No sense of direction nor clear goals. Low-level "resource managers" and "work-package managers" assign you tasks they couldn't begin to know anything about. "Real" management live in a world of their own - you never see them. Lots of meaningless documents which, if you have any actual professional pride, make you weep. Traditional "management/technical" split.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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