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Updated April 23, 2017
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  • No professionalism amongst senior management team (in 17 reviews)

  • Lack of encouragement by middle management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Insurance Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Insurance Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great company to work for. My work was appreciated by upper management and my co-workers were very great people to work with.

    Cons

    Usual politics but the benefits and perks outweigh these.


  2. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Autonomy. Ability to work with various technologies. Education and development opportunities widely available. Good atmosphere with co-workers. Fair severance.

    Cons

    Like anywhere there are tough times and emergencies. Just do your best to manage through them. Like anywhere, directives can come from the top that adversely impact you regardless of personal performance.

    Advice to Management

    Obviously the merger was a big change. In retrospect, it does not look like it was a wise decision by senior management. However, that probably should have been seen on the front end.


  3. "Bus Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    decent place to work for

    Cons

    not a great career path


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  5. "Aviva USA was sold to Athene in October 2013"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer III in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Applications Developer III in West Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Aviva USA was a good company.

    Cons

    After Aviva USA was acquired by Athene my position and hundreds of others were eliminated due to restructuring and outsourcing.


  6. "Fulfilling with a lot of opportunities for growth."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Lead and Backend Tester in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - QA Lead and Backend Tester in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always allowing you to learn new skills and respect your opinions.

    Cons

    Aviva sold out to Athene so the last year was stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Always be open and honest with your employees. It goes a long way in building trust.


  7. "IT Software Project Manager for Annuity business"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Confidential in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Confidential in Topeka, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very skilled and knowledgeable software staff. Company supported work/life balance. Great location in downtown Topeka, KS

    Cons

    Frequently being sold. Also plays favorites with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Convert skilled consultant staff when you've promised to do so.


  8. "Good Experience, Changing Vision"

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    Former Employee - Actuary in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Actuary in West Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good experience at this employer

    Cons

    Changing vision of the company caused layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Clear vision


  9. "good company but going away"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good management, cares about employees, everyone contributes, can do attitude

    Cons

    Some risky products in their portfolio, Iowa cliques, winds of change (Athene take over of US company).

    Advice to Management

    Hedge all your risks


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team of people to work with, friendly work enviornment

    Cons

    May have to travel in community

    Advice to Management

    Continue to obtain employment feedback


  11. "Aviva, cutting edge and growing fast, but starting to see a downward trend"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Growing company
    Cutting edge innovation
    Nice new West Des Moines location

    Cons

    Reorganized Life New business Department where underwiriter reports to Non-underwriting managers.
    Managers, Directors, VPs making decisions with no prior experience and not aware of potential fall-out.
    Disssatisfaction at most job levels. Individual contributers do not feel like management cares or sees the big picture anymore.
    Managers that are not seen or respected as leaders due to incompetence.
    Commmincation is very poor.
    Shift from quality underwriting decisions that estabilished Aviva as a formatable competitor to widget environment where cranking out underwriting desions is first and quality is last. This is not in the best interst of our customer and will only serve to reverse the strides we have made in the BGA market.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaulate insurance operations and strategy to see if it fits with the high level corporate objectives. Aviva became better known due to collaboration from satisfied, happy, respected employees who were proud to be part of a growing, leading edge company. Pay attention to your employee surveys (recommend you not wait until fall to do another one as talented people will not wait that long). Weed out the individuals who are just "managing" but not "leading."


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