Aviva Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 10 Aug 2020

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  1. "Excellent company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Actuarial Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva for more than a year

    Pros

    Personal responsibility - they give you responsibility and the space and time to deliver against those responsibilities. People and culture - work life balance is important - people will work long hours to deliver to schedule but it is also considered important to have time with your families and friends.

    Cons

    Group centre changes it's program structures a little too often the senior management changes lead to line changes and this does lead to project and program challenges.

  2. "Aviva is okay"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unemployed in Sheffield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package and a fair amount of job security.

    Cons

    Poor management in places, lot's of corporate jargon and unanswered questions. Can get moved around depending upon business needs but often have little-no input or choice over this. Frequent changes in Senior management = frequent changing of overall business plans which affect day to day working and also employee progression.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but very complicated"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head of Marketing in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Local Leadership, Clear Strategy, Good Culture

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, Complex, Traditional mindset, Federated. Too much plurality that senior management don't manage effectively.

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  4. "Aviva Investors - Project Management - COO"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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 (2)

    "Would not recommend IT in Aviva."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - IT Manager in York, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aviva full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some good benefits. Pension is better than most in terms of company contribution. Some flexibility in terms of working from home etc.

    Cons

    IT is a toxic place to work. You only get ahead if you have a macho style to match the senior management. The people who get promoted are due to them being outspoken and criticising others (usually unfairly), rather than because of any real ability. It’s the worst environment I have ever worked in. The internal survey, Voice of Aviva has terrible and dwindling results but they are brushed aside and blamed on “change” rather than tackling the actual issues, which are the management style of the people at the top.

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  6. "A hotbed of mediocracy"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A large, somewhat successful insurance company with a struggling fund management business Excellent benefits Good working environment

    Cons

    Not a leader in fund management - more of just an asset gatherer Continuous restructuring, and extremely poor senior management Very few genuine external clients Tolerance of very poor performance that would never exist in a true fund management business

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  7. "Aviva investors"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head of Change in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people on the ground

    Cons

    Senior management quite detached from teams in the business

  8. "Poisonous atmosphere, overly complex."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aviva full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some great people to work with

    Cons

    Senior management thrives on complexity, bureaucracy and bullying.

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  9. "Directionless asset manager within insurance company"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company Good benefits esp. salary and pension Good work life balance

    Cons

    No direction from senior management Poor strategic direction poor investment performance 'one trick pony' with AIMS funds that are not performing only one or two funds to sell- no equity funds

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  10. "Managers are useless"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Aviva full-time

    Pros

    Well paid Decent employee benefits Local Customers are nice

    Cons

    Evening managers are unprofessional No professionalism amongst senior management team Very cliquey Cant ever get holidays Men do better than women thanks to Anne.

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