Government of Canada
3.5 of 5 72 reviews
www.canada.ca 5000+ Employees

Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
Government of Canada – Gatineau – “Place du Portage”

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3.5 72 reviews

                             

54% Approve of the CEO

Government of Canada Governor General David Johnston

David Johnston

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Decent, not great

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Government of Canada

ProsVery secure job, clear compensation package, great PTO

ConsLittle room for advancement, complicated rules about special leave provisions, beurocratic, slow responses to inqueries

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better, make clear decisions before releasing a policy, ensure you consider all possible scenarios.

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Great place to start a career, move on after 2 years

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Government of Canada

ProsIts a unique government organization that provides excellent exposure to the prestigious private sector firms (law firms, consulting etc) as well as leading academics.

ConsIts government and there is a lot of bureaucracy. Morale is almost always low because people get promoted based on relationships rather than merit. French language is a requirement to move into management which in my mind is ludicrous.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of French language requirement for senior positions. Provide career advancement opportunities. Promote people based on merit.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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An excellent contract that allowed me to work from home and take care of my youngest child at the time

Proposal Writer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at Government of Canada full-time for less than a year

ProsIt is government of Canada
They have an excellent cafeteria for breakfast
Excellent online system in place

ConsIt is a large building with little chance of advancement unless you are French
Typical bureaucracy of the federal government

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more English

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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In search of lack of stimulation...

Project Officer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIn General, the Government of Canada is a stable place to work (or used to be) that offer really good salaries for the workload and allows for a good work-personal life balance. It also include really good benefits such as health insurance coverage and pension (if still in place when I'll get there)

ConsThis work place really lack stimulation after a little while and staff needs to change jobs often to stay stimulated. High turnover of staff make work harder. The many approval steps are also preventing efficiencies and it can be very frustrating at times. This is as really risk aversive environment which often freeze any action taking or decision making processes.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Interesting work

Policy Analyst (Former Employee)
Sydney, NS (Canada)

I worked at Government of Canada part-time for less than a year

ProsJob Security, relevant issues, generally qualified and intelligent co-workers.

ConsCan be difficult to see the effect your work has at times, obviously over politicalization is commonplace.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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IT workers in Government of Canada - time of drastic changes but potential also

IT Client Services Officer (Current Employee)
Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

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

ProsGood benefits - sick leave, vacation leave and other types of leave are quite good. Almost on par with private sector. If you are mobile fairly good promotion opportunities.between departments and geographic areas.

ConsSalary is somewhat lower than private sector. Pension plan is penalized when you start receiving CPP (CPP amount is deducted from your pension). Currently it is very turbulent times with big changes occurring that can be hard on nerves.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet your staff do their job - they're good at it. Give them up to date training and it will benefit you and the employer.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Cut backs are evident and there is no sign of improvement.

DND (Current Employee)
Halifax, NS (Canada)

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

ProsThey make your day to day life easy, there is no real thinking needed to do your job if you know it. You always get paid on time and reasonably well.

ConsAll the extras are being cut and it is being run more like a not very well funded profit driven corporate company. You are expected to do more with less across the board.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Still a good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Gatineau, QC (Canada)

I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 8 years

ProsWonderful colleagues, fabulous immediate management, meaningful work and good compensation. Very good ongoing training and career opportunities.

ConsHeavy workload and currently very high-stress due to budget cuts. Sometimes test unproven strategies on employees. Uncertainty re: the future of benefits and compensation. No bonuses, stock options, and upcoming conflict with unions -- worrisome.

Advice to Senior ManagementActually consult with people who understand the reality of our daily work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Government isn't for everybody

Team Leader (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 8 years

ProsBenefits, stat holidays off, overtime.

ConsThe old boys and girls club.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone at this present time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Socio-economic Analyst (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Government of Canada full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIn general, the government focuses on "process" so if you're results-driven, it may be difficult to adapt to the work environment. Take things slowly and follow the rules.

It is an ideal position for someone who wants to have predictable work hours e.g. mothers who want to take care of their children. Another nice thing is that you know your paycheque is safe; although there are no bonuses nor perks, you get paid bi-weekly on time.
I liked the stability, independence, defined-benefit pensions, and health-care benefits.

ConsI frown at ineffective ways of doing work that's been engrained through generations and generations of government workers. For instance, booking a business trip can easily be done by individual workers, but the government makes its workers make reservations through a third-party private company (i.e. American Express), which just wastes time and resources.

I also didn't like lack of horizontal and vertical mobility. People tend to stay where they are. Many career opportunities do get posted internally, but they often have restrictions such as "you can only apply if you're within 100 km of a certain city" that make it impossible to move up to another position or move across to another department.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease devote more time to providing feedbacks to your team rather than getting lost amidst paper-shuffling.

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