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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated May 5, 2014
Government of Canada – Gatineau – “Place du Portage”

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3.5 86 reviews

17% Approve of the CEO

Government of Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper

(6 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Easy up 'til now.

    Business Manager (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood 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!

    ConsNew 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Changes in public service

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsOpportunity to make a difference

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    the people i worked with were very nice

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis was not a stressful job, accommodating, friendly atmosphere

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

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

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

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

    ConsUneducated 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 Senior ManagementMy 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience has been dissappointing.

    Senior Policy Advisor (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide leadership to ensure that fair employment practices are actually reality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Job I've Ever Had

    Legislative Page (Current Employee) Halifax, NS (Canada)

    ProsImmediate supervisor and co-workers were good people.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementRaise the pay or cut the workload.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No place to waste a career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsGenerous benefits and time off.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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