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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
98 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance (more life than work to be honest) (in 14 reviews)

  • There is job security - to a certain degree (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work productivity (projects/cases take 3 times longer to complete than they would in the private sector) (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Decent, not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Very secure job, clear compensation package, great PTO

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better, make clear decisions before releasing a policy, ensure you consider all possible scenarios.

  2.  

    Typical Govt Agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Competition Law Officer in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Competition Law Officer in Gatineau, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance (more life than work to be honest)
    - Excellent pension and benefits package. Good salary
    - Great variety of work
    - Good team environment

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic culture with multiple levels of approval and management
    - Poor work productivity (projects/cases take 3 times longer to complete than they would in the private sector)
    - Limited career progression opportunities (unless you suck up to management and become a "preferred candidate" in job competitions for higher positions)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Public Sector typical job

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

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

    Pros

    No late working hours, pays overtime, flexible timetable, stable conditions, good salary for administrative jobs.

    Cons

    No/very slow personal growth, lack of decision making of leadership, long bureaucratic procedures, not good salaries for upper level qualified stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act a bit more like the private sector and reward your hard working employees, who are treated the same as the lazy ones who get into the government to have an easy ride in the first place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Cx

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good money for the amount of actual work that is done. Interesting environment to work in.. Good team work.

    Cons

    Can become the worst job on the planet if you let it get to you

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging -- good and bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    If working with the 40% of public servants in Ottawa there's an amazing wealth of opportunities across areas of interest. Able to develop breadth of socioeconomic and political experience but also depth in a subject matter, if wanted.

    Flexible 7-3, 9-5 or working around life and school commitments. Overtime is limited to select departments/agencies and branch cultures.

    Cons

    Challenges are with upward and regional mobility. Upward growth is dependent on open positions (boxes), which are limited.

    Obsession with official languages internally is destructive for those wanting to develop second language proficiency. Training is limited, external trainers are shoddy and external second language communications are mostly developed by specialists.

    NCR to region mobility comes with risks. Mobility to working with 60% of the public service in the regions comes with the risk of limited assignment/secondment extension challenges. Strict recall dates due to extension limits result in employment termination risks.

    Professional training and performance management controls are limited and imprecise, encouraging average performance. High achievers often loose steam.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move beyond recognizing talent to enabling talent to grow by gaining experience throughout the government in the NCR and Regions without looming fear of termination.

    Reevaluate regional classifications, as staff are under paid and recognized while over performing in comparison to NCR employees.

    Build loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Initially good experience, but dragged down due to poor management and cuts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inspection
    Current Employee - Inspection

    I have been working at Government of Canada as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy work hours and requirements with low demands. If you have a good supervisor its possible to move around and have a good experience.

    Cons

    Under-qualified management and co-workers that only care about finding ways to miss work and file for bogus overtime pay. Massive cuts due to upcoming election and no direction for this division. Hopefully the upcoming changes in division culture and direction with a new election will fix things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit your supervisors for filing for fake overtime and skipping out on hours. Minimal leadership skills and mainly under-qualified for doing anything, its amazing who gets put into these positions (boys club). Morale is at an epic low, please let go of the boat anchors dragging it down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great for students

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

    I worked at Government of Canada as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay for students, exposure, flexible

    Cons

    Fixed policies without room for change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Public Service

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

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work opportunities serving your country

    Cons

    Highly ineffecient management structures, poor human resource/performance management. Negative public perception of your contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve performance-based incentives, encourage risk-taking in practice. Reduce the red tape facilitate decision-making at all levels.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Ok place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Many different positions to apply on for work.

    Cons

    Cutting benefits and pays less then in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are promoted on who they know, not what they know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy to become stagnant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits - life insurance, medical, dental
    Excellent work-life balance
    Unionized
    Mostly friendly employees
    Excellent leave provisions - annual, volunteer, personal, family responsibility, leave without pay...

    Cons

    Hard to move around without knowing the right people
    Limited growth potential without bilingualism
    Cannot negotiate salary
    Some instability based on policies being enacted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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