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Aviva Reviews

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

  • Holiday benefits and work life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Product Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team and work life balanace

    Cons

    Limited avenue for growth and exposure


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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."


  6. "Very fast growing, but unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They're growing, and fast, especially in IT. They're hiring a lot of people right now, and I believe with their growth rate, there will be a lot of opportunity to move up as you become more senior over your peers.

    Cons

    There seems to be some disconnect with senior management, but otherwise managers are helpful, and let you balance your work with your life.

    Advice to Management

    One of the jokes at work was the lack of training. I've never gone into a job where there was almost no training program what-so-ever. Coworkers were helpful, but for a company of this size, I was blown away by the lack of on-boarding.


  7. "They think they know more than they really do and won't listen to the people they pay who would tell them any different"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Locations, Easy fluff job, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Too many consultants, no one knows what is going on or why

    Advice to Management

    Value your fulltime employees

  8. "Aviva"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Good Company, efforts made to keep good associates.

    Cons

    Can be distracting, competing priorities

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, focus on core competencies


  9. "Project Manager - Front Office Trading Applications"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Nice people in Capital Management & IT areas
    Good work/life balance
    Ability to work from home
    Company shows appreciation for employers via holiday dinners / parties

    Cons

    lots of corporate bureaucracy
    fairly poor communication from above
    encountered too many people that lacked knowledge for their position
    below market (but this was Des Moines)
    Des Moines had to support some Canadian business processes - inefficient
    lots of outsourced IT staff with minimal business knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Seek competent staff & compensate them fairly for better results.
    Give employees more autonomy to get their jobs done quickly & accurately


  10. "Flexibility and increasing focus on weelbeing and diversity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    Aviva is becoming much better at being flexible with its employees and also recently, a much greater focus and staff wellbeing and diversity is very pleasing from a big FTSE company.

    Cons

    Very complex organisation, bureaucracy can get in the way.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the excellent work already started on wellbeing and diversity, seek specific feedback from those on the ground when deciding on changes. Often changes are made without truly understanding the impact to the customer and employees.


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