Aviva Reviews

Updated 27 September, 2014
Updated 27 September, 2014
79 Reviews
3.5
79 Reviews
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Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance respected, though cuts both ways (in 7 reviews)

  • It used to be a good company but no longer today (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No immediate career opportunities, dis-connected senior management, no recognition of skills and contributions made by employees (in 4 reviews)

  • In IT, there aren't a lot of career opportunities, and the manager is not so understanding (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aviva

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Great people and work environment

    Cons

    Too much change. Senior management lacked focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your collective act together and focus on what's really important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    ok to work at, neutral

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    Former Employee - Underwriter  in  Scarborough, ON
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Scarborough, ON

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

    Pros

    ok to work at, neutral

    Cons

    to much commuting from where I live

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Underwriter

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    Former Employee - Underwriting  in  Scarborough, ON
    Former Employee - Underwriting in Scarborough, ON

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

    Pros

    Good company. Good environment. Good people

    Cons

    Commuting problem. Underwriting call centre environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Moving in the right direction after restructure,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aviva full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good career opportunities, flex work life balance

    Cons

    Quite a political organisation to work for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Pros

    Care about people, professional environment

    Cons

    Salaries are not too attractive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can have a more competitive wage structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work environment and team!

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    Former Employee - Senior Online Communications Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Online Communications Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I worked at Aviva for almost 2 and 1/2 years and simply loved it! Our team was extremely balanced in skills and responsibilities, so our contribution was quite effective and recognisable.

    Cons

    We had a bit of a struggle with the Group team, specially when it came to highlight the regional and local needs as opposed to the global ones.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aviva

    Pros

    Location, job scope, team, management

    Cons

    The work hours can be quite long

  9.  

    Great company and heritage; at last recovering, but with impaired potential, from calamitous CGU / Norwich Union merger.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Sincere commitment to diversity (though cliquey in parts)
    Basic pay OK / bonuses good at senior levels
    Work-life balance respected, though cuts both ways
    Friendly environment, though massive staff turnover has not helped

    Cons

    Endless reorganisations and changes of direction, overwhelmingly driven by financial considerations that often turn out to be cosmetic (e.g. extensive form in over-shooting budgeted one-off costs of restructuring, which turn out not to be one-off after all)
    Goes through the motions of meritocracy, but, with notable exceptions, through several transitions / reinventions at the top table, senior managers tend to be surrounded by their mates, and progression is difficult without fairly blatant patronage
    Too many consultants, often there for CYA purposes or because the group has fired people it actually needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given the heritage, the present position is a travesty of the historic potential, but the present team is doing a reasonable job of putting the damaged wagon back on the rails. A pity, and stretching the limits of plausibility, that the best people for the top jobs seem to be so predominantly old AIA cronies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good company but limited career prospects at present

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    Current Employee - Risk  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Risk in Norwich, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aviva full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Aviva is very easy to do work for, they are great in terms of work life balance, they pay well and you can sense that your contribution is valued.

    Cons

    Your face has to fit to achieve any real career progression. I joined 10 years ago and I would say the levels of loyalty in both directions do really appear to have reduced and this is no helped by some stupid decisions made at exec level over the last couple of years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO does really seem to be turning things around not just in the markets but in the culture of the company but he is still quite new so more needs to be done. In my view if anybody can do it he seems to be the one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Where to start

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Galway (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Galway (Ireland)

    I have been working at Aviva as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The people working here are some of the nicest you will meet.

    Cons

    time off is never available,
    often looked down on by people from head office,
    high turnover of staff,
    not sufficient training or support,
    not able to effectively impliment a growth plan taking all areas of the business into consideration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people and move away from the pay progression model you have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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