I worked at Aviva Canada full-time (More than a year)
Aviva is trying to be a FinTech and management staff are generally talking about the future and enabling staff to be more proactive, challenging of "old" behaviour, calling out ambiguity, etc. They also tried to hire staff with forward thinking, open minded mentality.
On the surface people are quite nice and willing to help.
Old School culture is heavily entrenched with in the organization. Technology is archaic and IT is highly resistant to changes within staff base; predominantly arising from job insecurity.
Surface culture of friendly behavior is misleading in some cases and the ambiguous nature of job responsibilities stress people out.
Advice to Management
It's time to walk the walk: Talking about collaboration is great but actually emit that behaviour at your level (especially in IT).
Enough negativity about Parent company orders; help them understand Canadian differences and help Canadian staff understand what Global initiatives are, why they matter, how it translates to you.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Aviva Canada (Mississauga, ON (Canada)) in July 2016.
Applied directly through internal website. Got a call (or 3) almost immediately. They had two positions posted and I explained I was interested in the more senior role. She called me back 20 minutes later asking to set up an interview. Imagine my surprise after clearing my schedule to come in for an interview it was for the more junior role that I had expressed hesitancy about over the phone. Proceeded with interview anyway although I think it was clear to everyone it wasn't the right fit for them or me.
Never heard back. Not one word, even a thank you for coming in. I followed up 2 months later (not because I wanted the job but because of the principle) and she couldn't even remember who I was and said there was a hiring freeze. I understand not following up with someone who has applied online but if someone has taken the time to come in for an interview, very rude and unprofessional to not even acknowledge with an email.
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