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Aviva Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
74 Reviews

3.5
74 Reviews
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic Work-Life Balance, encouraging flexible working and mobile work practises (in 5 reviews)

  • It used to be a good company but no longer today (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No immediate career opportunities, dis-connected senior management, no recognition of skills and contributions made by employees (in 4 reviews)

  • In IT, there aren't a lot of career opportunities, and the manager is not so understanding (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good company but limited career prospects at present

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk  in  Norwich, England
    Current Employee - Risk in Norwich, England

    Pros

    Aviva is very easy to do work for, they are great in terms of work life balance, they pay well and you can sense that your contribution is valued.

    Cons

    Your face has to fit to achieve any real career progression. I joined 10 years ago and I would say the levels of loyalty in both directions do really appear to have reduced and this is no helped by some stupid decisions made at exec level over the last couple of years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO does really seem to be turning things around not just in the markets but in the culture of the company but he is still quite new so more needs to be done. In my view if anybody can do it he seems to be the one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Comfortable Employer

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

    Pros

    Good people, good values, providing a real, tangible, beneficial service to society in general and to our customers. With our new CEO and upgraded board members, we're seeing a massive over-haul of strategy, focus on customers, investors, people and a clear understanding of the direction of travel in line with techno-societal developments.

    Cons

    There remains a significant amount of old-boy politics where people have risen to positions within the company without either the necessary knowledge and talent or the capability to serve the role through gravitas and industry peer recognition. These people remain responsible for the lack of investment in staff development and hence operational inefficiencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the full line management down to at least E-level to determine whether the strategic messages and initiatives are actually being embedded and gaining ground, and where this is not the case, take remedial action on those senior managers who are failing in their duty to staff, their role, their company, their customers and their investors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Over-run by consultants

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

    Pros

    Some good and capable people.

    Cons

    Relied on consultants and third-party providers for everything, and wondered why the budget escalated rapidly whilst nothing was delivered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage of your convictions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company that provides great opportunities for its people to develop and grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in London, England

    Pros

    Great people, and good opportunities to develop and travel internationally.

    Cons

    No cons from me. Aviva is a great place to work for that can be challenging, but always rewarding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Need to be resilient to cope with constant change and need to drive for development opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Encourages innovative thinkers. Often supportive of personal development plans. Customer at the heart of business ambition. Flexible working available if seek it out, great peer to peer support, dedicated culture.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, albeit this is reducing with new leadership team. Over-stretched resources working to high expectations. Slow progression as promotions usually only available when someone leaves the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be great to have more proactive approach to progression and development opportunities within the group.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good salary. Bad management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwich, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England

    Pros

    Salaries are very good, and there is scope to move around - if your face fits.

    Cons

    My experience was one of bad management - unskilled people making their way to the top resulting in frustration and misery for their staff. Frequent redundancies means people are fearful a lot of the time and not delivering their best - only happy staff are productive to their potential. Middle management seemed very good at protecting themselves however incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative with rewards for showing potential. Let lower levels come straight to higher management if they need to with good ideas - don't be so hierarchical. Make sure all managers are adequately qualified and attend CPD - say, all managers over a certain salary grade. All senior managers and above should be qualified to do their roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great company to develop into a professional, most people over time can work up the ranks.

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to push yourself in a large organisation in practically any direction.

    Cons

    A company the appears to have seen it's best days, cost cutting and redundancies seem to be order of the day now.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very effective training structure. The pay was also very good for the job I did

    Cons

    Steep learning curve. Expected to know your job inside and out after the first month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend training

  10.  

    Good place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Eastleigh, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in Eastleigh, England

    Pros

    Very supporting of family/work balance
    Friendly culture
    Nice environment
    Good benefits package
    Modern IT when it comes to front line operations

    Cons

    The business went through a lot of restructuring and has fired a lot of people. This is causing a lot of resentment around the business. Investment/change budget is slashed dramatically so it feels like nothing is moving, but the business is slowly springing back to life!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage transformation better and be clear/open about the future growth strategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unstable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in London, England

    Pros

    It used to be a good company but no longer today.

    Cons

    Poor quality of employees, too much politics, very unstable. The company does not care about its employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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