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Updated July 18, 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 margins and future"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aviva (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great corporate direction and earnings

    Cons

    Globally limited by EU regulations


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Manager in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative work environment, good employee engagement practices, competitive wages

    Cons

    Financial services industry is not terribly compassionate -- Aviva selected one family each year to whom to extend corporate compassion, but largely see people as accounts

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on producing financial results

  3. "Great company to work for"

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    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.


  4. "Analyst"

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    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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


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

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    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.

  8. "IT Software Project Manager for Annuity business"

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    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.


  9. "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


  10. "good company but going away"

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    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


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