Aviva Project Manager Reviews

Updated 15 Sep 2020

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  1. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Norwich, England

    I have been working at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits for all employees

    Cons

    None, brilliant company to work for

  2. "good employer with lots of benefits"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Southampton, England

    I have been working at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    Flexible and caring employer with opportunities to work across different business areas

    Cons

    lack of innovation and very bureaucratic


  3. "Cushy company with little career progression"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Capital Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good facilities, by far the best people to work with

    Cons

    Little career progression Continuous corporate restructuring

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  4. "Aviva Investors - Project Management - COO"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aviva Investors - Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Technology - Really good technology for the asset management industry which can be guilty of being quite afraid to embrace modern technologies. Laptops readily available and great use of Microsoft Teams which keeps people connected and great technologies in meeting rooms. WFH - Great flexibility in terms of working from home. It is generally encouraged around the business. Parental leave - 6 months full pay. This again is very progressive for an asset manager. The company culture has really benefited from this. Internal opportunities - There can be opportunities to go on secondments to other business functions and internal vacancies do come up. However, you can be waiting a long time for this and not all managers are supportive of secondments. CEO - The CEO of Aviva Investors is very forward thinking. He encourages WFH and flexible working. He really is passionate about the industry and is always encouraging innovative ideas. He has spoken out against sex discrimination, the gender pay gap and often speaks at diversity events. I just wish this was echoed through his senior management.

    Cons

    HR - They are completely inefficient. I don't know of a single colleague who had a good experience with HR. If you have a grievance with management or you are seeking advice, you will not receive it. I saw HR business partners going to senior management with confidential information and telling them of private conversations and giving names. If your manager takes a disliking to you and is at a senior level, you will be given no support. HR once emailed around a confidential spreadsheet with salary information to a whole team that wasn't password protected. Colleagues would make appointments with HR members who would accept the invite and just not turn up to the meeting. Communications - Although general business updates are plentiful in weekly news round ups or video clips, communications with employees is generally poor. I accepted a role at Aviva Investors and on my first day was met at reception by my 'new manager'. The hiring manager who employed me had moved departments and HR/manager didn't contact me during the onboarding process to tell me of the change. Instead I had a new manager I'd never met before and who had zero people management experience. Culture - Although they do try to break down silos, it's not working. You don't get to know of other departments or people unless directly working with them. There is also a hire and fire culture. People (at all levels) will suddenly disappear. You will later find out on the grape vine that there were redundancies. This can be a stressful situation and with the constant hiring and firing it can be difficult to keep up to date with who to contact and what the business structure is. Senior Management - I sat in on certain meetings with senior management and I can honestly say I've never encountered such an unprofessional atmosphere. Senior management will use a business meeting to openly gossip about staff and spread rumours. If someone makes the slightest mistake the manager will be told to 'get rid' of the employee, this is even true of interns and graduates who should be given the chance to learn. I even heard senior management encourage sexism, discrimination and bullying. They would decide someone was a 'wrong fit' for a role and that would be the end for them. No constructive feedback, just told to leave. There were also comments made about women's appearances with a head of a business function being described as fat (she was pregnant). Any direct report who wanted change or made suggestions to their manager was described as a 'problem child'. Business strategy - The asset management part of Aviva still seems to be struggling to figure out what it is trying to achieve. There is a constant restructuring of senior management and teams. The CEO seems to have taken a step back from being a CEO and is almost acting as a CIO. This decision was made in order for him to be more involved in front office and investments. However, I don't think anything significantly has improved or changed since and I don't know what products they are focusing on other than AIMS which now seems to be a dead horse.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good & nice people, slow moving company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Aviva full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - remuneration levels between insurer and fully fledged AM - nice people - presence in the market, brand name

    Cons

    - slow processes esp when dealing with other parts of the group

  6. "Project manager"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Project Manager 

    I have been working at Aviva part-time

    Pros

    Great pay and environment

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of

  7. "Interesting and professional workplace"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Norwich, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Helpful people at all levels, great offices, real vision (at least in Digital) and a can do attitude. Bristol, York and Norwich (especially) are both great cities to live and work in

    Cons

    From a contracting perspective, they have a "2 yrs and your out" policy, which they apply at times and then at others seem to forget about it. Makes it difficult to get commitment to larger/longer projects developments

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  8. "Variety of projects"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Bristol, England

    I worked at Aviva for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working environment Great variety of projects

    Cons

    Complex processing can cause delays to implementation

  9. "Disaster Recovery, more required"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Norwich, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Challenging, Productive & exciting place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

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  10. "Healthy, nurturing environment and culture. A good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Product Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Aviva creates loads of opportunity for growth, offers excellent training and you can really work out a career path. - It's culture cultivates inclusion, diversity, worth ethic and respect for everybody's work. - Also it's OK to fail and learn. A straightforward communication is encouraged and practised. - Aviva does really care for its employees wellbeing and development.

    Cons

    - Sometimes is too self-content on the top layers, so threads in the market, realities of the business are not communicated or acknowledged. - Changes are very slow, as well as moving things forward. - A considerable amount of politics

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