Aviva Employee Reviews about "senior management"

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  • "Relaxed, work life balance, good management(in 129 reviews)

  • "Good benefits for all employees(in 70 reviews)

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  • "Too much plurality that senior management don't manage effectively(in 30 reviews)

  • "Hit a ceiling when at senior level - career progression quite limited beyond that(in 26 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Excellent company

      May 31, 2014 - Actuarial Analyst in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      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.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great company, but very complicated

      Jun 23, 2020 - Head of Marketing in London, England, England
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      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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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Aviva is okay

      Aug 10, 2020 - Unemployed in Sheffield, England, England
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      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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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Aviva Investors - Project Management - COO

      Jun 26, 2020 - Aviva Investors - Project Manager in London, England, England
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      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. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Would not recommend IT in Aviva.

      Dec 9, 2019 - IT Manager in York, England, England
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      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. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      A hotbed of mediocracy

      Sep 15, 2019 - Investment Director in London, England, England
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      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. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Aviva Group

      Jan 27, 2016 - Group Support Function in Norwich, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Competitive salary - Good benefits - High capability, particularly in specialist roles - Opportunities to progress - Driven - Can deliver transformation objectives - Clear vision and a communication of objectives - Management are approachable - Will fund professional qualifications and memberships

      Cons

      - Weighty org structure - Mid/senior management sometimes lack expertise in the field they're managing - Poor staff consultation particularly when implementing day to day compliance (a feeling of being 'done to') - Good IT support - Substantial variance in culture across business units - Limited international cross-working - Bit of a pro-yes man culture - Slightly old fashioned culture (although varies by business)

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Overall a good place to work, although can be under pressure to keep jobs

      Sep 16, 2009 - Software Test Analyst in Perth, Scotland, Scotland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working for a secure market leading company Developement of staff used to be industry leading Can progress to senior roles relatively easily.

      Cons

      Too much outsourcing and senior management constantly making job cuts as a way of keeping on or cutting budgets If they get their head counts right, stick to it, dont decide to cut more staff as a result of needing to keep to budgets.

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    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Unstructured Mess - Finally being straightened out?

      Jan 9, 2013 - Managing Consultant in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Fantastic Work-Life Balance, encouraging flexible working and mobile work practises. Has lots of potential for positive change and efficiencies. Good flexible benefits package.

      Cons

      At the Aviva Group Centre there is such a poor handle on HR and talent management issues. In three years I had 10 line managers, and not once did a HR representative email or talk to me about these changes. The 6 monthly appraisal system is completely flawed and is just a tick in the box exercise. Talent Management practises strangely only are available from 'Head of' and above, which to me is completely backwards. Recent mass redundancies made it openly apparent that the organisation is extremely politically motivated and senior management therefore are hard to trust.

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Don't bother!!

      Apr 7, 2017 - Claims Handler in Manchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good company packages with Avila. Flexibility in hours if compatible with the business needs, good share options and other pros

      Cons

      Company not bothered about employees just money I worked for this company for 16 years and was made redundant last year. The senior management not at all bothered about their staff. They let the office that I was in just carry on regardless only bothered about calls queuing and not the work load that staff had to endure causing a lot of stress ,with managers monitoring you if you were off the phone and not asking permission. It was like being back at school!! This has made me rethink working in the insurance industry. Also the redundancy package reduced. It so disappointing!!

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