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Aviva Investors Reviews

Updated 16 October 2017
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  1. "Your mileage may vary"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some departments much more efficient than others, generally good management and environment

    Cons

    Can be overly bureaucratic at times, frequent restructures and cuts took toll on morale


  2. "Need to improve"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big platform, so lots of deals. Multi-sector, multi-fund exposure. Nice work-life balance. Great benefits for pension and staff discount on insurance covers.

    Cons

    No clear career path. Difficult to get promoted. People are not motivated enough. People are nice but some of them are not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve career progression.


  3. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Aviva provides opportunity to its employees for development and advancement within the company

    Cons

    Facilities in need of upgrade


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  5. "Fairly average employer with a 'large company mindset'"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is excellent - plenty of people on the investment floor before 5:30pm

    Cons

    Takes forever to get things done
    Lots of office politics

    Advice to Management

    Don't focus on just one product.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aviva Investors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good people.

    Cons

    Better focus on what matters


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Corporate bullshitting at its unbelievable best."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Euan Munro is a talented fund manager. I hope he will sort out this situation for the sake of the individuals left here.

    Cons

    Absolutely avoid working in the COO world. It is populated increasingly by ex JPM WSS staff hired in the most unbelievable nepotistic manner, several of whom are not skilled for their roles. For example hiring someone to work within investment management projects (very specific and important), but they come from a system support function. But they HAVE worked at WSS.

    Bullying of staff is rife. Of course that is the only way unskilled individuals survive. HR will not help anyone or recognise that this level of turnover signifies a serious issue.

    Restructuring happens monthly, without warning.

    Awful, unstable environment. Proceed at your own risk!

    Advice to Management

    Seriously assess what is happening in the COO function. Nepotism and bullying on this scale is unbelievable.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Room to improve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aviva Investors (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    supportive culture, some good people, generally a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Pay very low compared to the industry and Aviva ownership/meddling causes constant distraction.


  9. "Values work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Friendly people

    Cons

    - limited career progression
    - process driven


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aviva Investors full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. It's situated in a good location. The canteen food is not bad. They have a company gym which although small is a reasonable price.

    Cons

    The transformation dept is the worst place to work at. If you get offered a role here don't take it unless you want a miserable life and that constant knot in your stomach every time you think of work. The place is run by people who have no clear vision on what they want and then berate you for trying to decipher what it is that they want. And they constantly change their minds on how things should be done. What a shambles. You have managers who don't have any backbone and don't support their staff when they are being coerced into doing things outside of their remit. Some of the management don't even know how to do their own roles therefore cannot clearly communicate what is required from you. Nor do they stand up for you. More likely they step aside and allow you to be in the firing line. The culture is increasingly becoming aggressive. Watch out for the knife that stabs you.

    Advice to Management

    Decide clearly what you want and ensure your staff have a clear vision of your ideas. Look after your staff rather than making their lives a complete misery.


  11. "Great place to work - Going in the right direction"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Good Management structure
    Correct Investment strategy - Funds producing results
    Great location
    Average Salary
    Good Bonus

    Cons

    Too much interference from Group and Insurance arm
    Little too much nepotism - senior operations now almost exclusively ex-JPM (however see Pros)
    No clear career path
    Constant re-structuring (although this might now be ending)

    Advice to Management

    Retain staff, keep the experience and try to promote internally.


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