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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
92 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Pension and benefits are very good with a good work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Job security unmatched elsewhere as you're in an union (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Cutting benefits and pays less then in the private sector (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours, poor planning, very reactive (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soul sucking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compensation Advisor  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Compensation Advisor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, full-time work, paid overtime.

    Cons

    Job insecurity since Harper cutbacks, low morale, uninteresting work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Easy up 'til now.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits ...way better than most of the private sector .. flex hours and work from home policies so you can do whatever you want whenever you want and still get paid.( i.e fight your way through COSTCO with hundreds of other public servants during the work day) Almost impossible to get fired once you're in. Unbelievable pension!

    Cons

    New core competency requirements that public servants need to show integrity and respect, think things through, work effectively with others and take initiative and be action-oriented are totally outrageous! Thank goodness the unions are taking the Government to court to fight these requirements!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Changes in public service

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference

    Cons

    Incompetent senior management, Centralization of control in Ottawa, Reversal of benefits in current environment, eg pension, leave, severance, job security

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    the people i worked with were very nice

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Pros

    This was not a stressful job, accommodating, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    salary was very low since i got the position through an employment agency

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst places I have worked. If you want a dynamic and rewarding career, look elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Benefits are adequate. Better, more comprehensive benefits at the Municipal government level. Federal Governments are decent but far from the best out there.

    Cons

    Uneducated managers who are seriously lacking in people skills. Second language capabilities (that's questionable) doesn't make someone a better candidate. Rigid, draconian mentality of upper managers. Many managers are of the 'micro' kind who have worked for the government since dropping out of high school. It would be nice to find a manager who is capable of writing a grammatically correct email. Several Federal Government managers are seriously lacking in any decorum. Very unfair hiring practices. The competition processes are a waste of Canadian tax dollars since the 'process' is a facade. Candidates are pre selected and other competitors are just wasting their time. Bar none, worst place I've worked. Stay away if you want meaningful work with forward, progressive thinking managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to mangers, especially those who are close to retirement, leave now, please. Stop having such a negative influence over supervisors who are learning nothing but your poor management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience has been dissappointing.

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits package and laws to protect employee rights.

    Cons

    Unfair competitive processes and favoritism. Employment policies and procedures to protect employees rights are not followed in practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide leadership to ensure that fair employment practices are actually reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worst Job I've Ever Had

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legislative Page  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Legislative Page in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Immediate supervisor and co-workers were good people.

    Cons

    The pay is aweful. Most of the politicains are the worst sort of people you could imagine working for or with. The building is dilapidated. The benefits don't exist. No room for advancement . Avoid at all costs. The hours are unpredictable and usually inconvientiant to a student's schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the pay or cut the workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No place to waste a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Generous benefits and time off.

    Cons

    You lose your mind, soul and ability to think for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that as long as you keep making everything other than talent as the key determinants of employee promotion into senior positions, you will continue to generate a culture that celebrates mediocrity and risk aversion.

    Doesn't Recommend

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