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Aviva London Reviews

Updated April 1, 2017
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  • No professionalism amongst senior management team (in 17 reviews)

  • The middle management is a joke (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Career Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fantastic opportunities and talented people who really care about their customers. Best job ever as I had so many chances to shine with positive role models who took delight in seeing me succeed and do a good job.

    Cons

    If you don't like change then it's probably not for you.... however, if you thrive on a challenge & can cope with uncertainty it'll suit you perfectly.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to put people first and you won't go far wrong when planning change. They'll give 110% if you motivate them and recognise their strengths.


  2. "Nothing gets done and limited career progression"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - London in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - London in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay high. Positions seem to revolve round talk rather than tangible output.

    Cons

    Nothing gets done and limited career progression
    Pace is slow and days drag
    A 'meeting' culture

    Advice to Management

    Restructure, decide on a stragegy and deliver against it

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Indifferent to qualifications,experience,ability. Staff cost not asset. females no salary equality or equal opportunity."

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    Former Employee - Claims Handler in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Claims Handler in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I worked there they paid for your insurance qualifications. Shame they omitted to say they didn't care if you were qualified. Regulators need to inspect a bit more...

    Cons

    They don't care if you get insurance qualifications. You are a cost to the business not an asset! No final salary, they have robbed customers and staff of the orphan assets that should have ensured endowment mortgages were paid irrespective of economic issues. They have taken all of the assets of the business including the value of the buildings and given this to shareholders . They should return to being a mutual. Bring back endowment mortgages as a mutual society. Or
    RETURN THE ORPHAN ASSET MONEY STOLEN FROM THE ENDOWMENT POLICYHOLDERS TO THE ENDOWMENT POLICYHOLDERS!
    WHERE ARE THE INSURANCE REGULATORS AND WHY HAVE THEY ALLOWED THIS AND OTHER INSURERS TO ROB MORTGAGE ENDOWMENT POLICYHOLDERS! THE GOVERNMENTS ABD ALLEDGED REGULATORS OVER THE YEARS HAVE ALLOWED INSURERS TO ROB THE ORPHAN ASSETS, RENAME THEN INHERITED ASSETS AND KEEP THEM FOR THE FAT CAT IWNETS WHILE THEY TELL NIAVE ENDOWMENT POLICYHOLDERS THAT THERE IS NO MONEY DUE TO ECONOMIC CONDITIONS. ( they hide the orphan assets which actually pay for shortfalls due to economic conditions. Look up the contra preferentum rule- they changed the rules of the policy as they went along.! WHERE ARE THE SO CALLED REGULATORS?!)

    Advice to Management

    Give back the orphan assets to endowment policyholders, give back the final salary pension, give back training to staff, get back the female employees you pushed out when they had children. Give equal salary and promotion to female. GET OUT


  4. "Portfolio Manager"

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    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager Fixed Income in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager Fixed Income in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aviva full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid and growing company within the UK. Stability and further career opportunities.

    Cons

    Limited career expectations within the Spanish market.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Decent employer, improving culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really talented / bright staff
    Strong business strategy
    Strong engagement from employees
    Beginning to focus more on talent progression
    Culture of 'doing the right thing'
    Good at diversity

    Cons

    Restructure every 18 seconds
    Lots of areas still very sluggish in progression
    Rigid (and lower) salary offering
    Some targets are unrealistic.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of strategic vision and commitment operationally"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very little springs to mind.

    Cons

    Regular management changes, lack of stability and commitment to any strategy. Also serious lack of ability (in the support functions). Structurally fragmented across different businesses with no global co-ordination due to local fiefdoms.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategic technology plan and stick to it. Allow for disruptive technologies on the fringe, but don't let it detract from consolidating the duplication in spend due to different technology stacks.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Actuary in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Actuary in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good package, very organised department

    Cons

    Lack of interesting work, difficult to get promoted

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nice atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good teams
    Increasingly well run
    Excellent CEO

    Cons

    Legacy IT issues
    Some senior dinosaurs left

    Advice to Management

    Keep the pace of change high


  9. "Good vibes, atmosphere and people"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aviva as a contractor

    Pros

    As mentioned in the title, great camaraderie. Communication is well thought out and it's one of the only companies I worked for where I felt a sense of openness from the top down.

    Cons

    There's very much an Ivory Tower feeling about St Helen's tower and it was a little unfortunate that I felt somewhat undervalued for the work I produced.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain focus on your staff and continue to develop an infrastructure that helps them develop and grow with the organisation.


  10. "Sales Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company with superb senior management structure. Great job security and rfair remuneration package.

    Cons

    Like all super weight businesses, agility and innovation are ponderous.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and empower smaller teams to expedite smaller important projects.


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