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Aviva Underwriter Reviews

Updated 24 August 2017
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  1. "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Worthing, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Worthing, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi time, casual dress, friendly office atmosphere

    Cons

    No progression and poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff or lose them unless they are parents or unmotivated.


  2. "Worst place I have ever had the misfortune to work."

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Bishopbriggs, Scotland
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Bishopbriggs, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job itself was good for experience and the training was decent.

    Cons

    Brutal form of management. Unable to book any holidays unless you were friends with a manager. Zero prospect of promotion unless you are related to a manager. Expect to be doing every single job other than the one you were employed to do.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate better and recognise people's strengths


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Many many great years, and a couple of rough ones!"

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    Former Employee - Underwriting Management in London, England
    Former Employee - Underwriting Management in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with some great teams in it, and some really excellent leaders and managers, as well as.its share of poor ones.

    Cons

    A really large organisation. You can be very successful locally but much harder to get national recognition and promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Generally really good


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  5. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in London, England
    Current Employee - Underwriter in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and strong market position

    Cons

    Team values
    Freeze on pay rises
    Wide scale redundancies


  6. Helpful (6)

    "As reactive a company as can possibly exist"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Worthing, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Worthing, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Holiday package and flexible working options - good.
    Development opportunities numerous in volume (but see Cons)
    (Leased) office building was pleasant enough

    Cons

    Management are uninspiring (or downright incompetent)
    Salary and bonus are atrocious - well under market rate and have no bearing on performance of the unit, or indeed the company (hence the pay-rise "pot" remaining at 2% for the last three years, despite company profit increasing YOY)
    Aviva is defined by knee-jerk reactions. Nothing is thought through, so staff are forced to change focus from one minute to the next, be it on administrating X, or preventing Y. Nothing is ever maintained or followed-through to completion.

    Advice to Management

    Just for one year, try focusing on what would make things better for the employees. Aviva would still function without the Hofs, Dofs, MDs et al, but without underwriters, servicers, risk advisors, customer service reps, there would be nothing. Try giving out salary awards and bonuses that reflect just how much the staff have lined your pockets.


  7. "Senior underwriter"

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    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in London, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in London, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, looking to change

    Cons

    Micromanage from headoffice, can be gossipy

    Advice to Management

    Stay flexible , add incentive programs


  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Insurance Underwriter in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Insurance Underwriter in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexi time, educational assistance, great co-workers, great leadership and opportunities to advance with open discussion.

    Cons

    Haven't come across any so far.

    Advice to Management

    Formal mentoring programmes!


  9. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Insurance Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Insurance Underwriter in West Des Moines, IA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great company to work for. My work was appreciated by upper management and my co-workers were very great people to work with.

    Cons

    Usual politics but the benefits and perks outweigh these.


  10. "Great place to work - you get what you give here."

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive management, provides education and training that I did not see working with other carriers.

    Cons

    IT dept is a bit of a joke. Best thing to ever happen to our competitors. Not very helpful as I have had to fix my own tech problems on many occasions. Countless problem tickets made, never replied or followed up with me.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously need to start cracking the whip with IT people. They need to understand that this company revolves around our customers/brokers, NOT THEM.


  11. "Personal Lines Underwriter"

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    Current Employee - Personal Lines Underwriter in Dartmouth, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Personal Lines Underwriter in Dartmouth, NS (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Aviva full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    hours are good
    co-workers are great
    team mentality amongst colleagues with exception to FLM's

    Cons

    lack of professionalism and silo mentality of FLM
    treated as if you are just a number
    FLM use bully tactics

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers to act professionally. Not to talk poorly of employees in front of other employees, be open to new ideas and ways of thinking in the every changing world of insurance.