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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 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.  

    Best employer for work-life balance, opportunities in every major city

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    good pay, excellent benefits, overall a great place to work if you are good at following orders and don't mind bureacracy

    Cons

    stifled creativity, very difficult to get buy-in from senior staff concerning change management

    Recommends
  2.  

    Amazing Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC

    I worked at Government of Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Looks great on the resume
    Very Friendly Employees and staff
    Got to attend special events

    Cons

    Sometimes had Unrealistic expectations
    Took a long time for things to be approved
    Unpaid Internship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A great nine to five job but not a good place to have a career unless you're a diplomat.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacations but not much room for movement.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic with lots of egos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assistants are people too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's not for everyone - if you can follow the rules and display good work ethic you'll see rewards.

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    Current Employee - Program Consultant  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    can work 45 mins extra each day for a day off every two weeks- nice for flexibility/work-life balance, opportunities for advancement are available.

    Cons

    depends on the section in which you work- you work with such a diverse group of people- sometimes there are bound to be personality clashes.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Good and bad aspects

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Salary is okay, though lower than in private industry (more than made up for by benefits, though). Vacation time.

    Cons

    Political impact on job. Limited budget for doing research and presenting at conferences. For scientists, ability to move between sectors is limited.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Restaurant manager at mcdonalds

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Sabbatical after 10 years of service
    Company car
    Medical benefits
    Quarterly bonus

    Cons

    Long hours
    Working with teenagers
    Micro managing
    Respect days off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people

  8.  

    Lots of opportunity - if you're willing to work for it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A number of departments and offices across the country mean, depending on your career goals, you have a lot of choice in your job and your work location. If you want to work hard and have an imagination, you can make an actual difference in Canada. Jobs are awarded through open competition, where requirements are clearly communicated and a candidate is selected based on merit. The benefits package, while not as good as it once was, is still quite good, and the pension is still tops, despite the recent changes.

    Cons

    It is a very heavy bureaucracy, so making a difference requires quite a lot of endurance. Sometimes you need to drag your colleagues kicking and screaming out of the past; people will fight you the whole way through change, because they are comfortable as things are. Job competitions are only as good as the manager running them; the process can be manipulated by managers with an agenda to select a pre-determined person. Pay rates for professional jobs are lower than would be found in the private sector (partially offset by pension and benefits, so not as different as it appears on first-glance). Travel and training opportunities are severely limited at the moment, so trying to ensure your professional expertise keeps up with current knowledge requires a significant personal dedication, especially in the sciences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A greater focus on training and development would help offset some of the significant austerity measures being implemented. Conferences and training opportunities can be used to reward good performance, and will have the added benefit of keeping knowledge and expertise current

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    General Admin Clerk

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    Current Employee - General Administrative Clerk  in  Amherst, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - General Administrative Clerk in Amherst, NS (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A salary and great benifits. I like having the stability that is offered when working for the government of Canada. There is no worry involved when you are considering raising a family or needing regular amounts of time off.

    Cons

    I felt the training options were limited. It seemed like the training budget would need to be tripled in order to offer any training to anyone who was not at an already very educated position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work, but very stressful

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Consultant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Steady employment, contracts usually get renewed if your performance is good

    Cons

    Long hours, poor planning, very reactive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should review in detail the work consultants do to see if they are still engaged in what they were hired for in the first place!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great learning opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work life balance can't be beat.

    Cons

    the politicization of public service is sickening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    base decisions on evidence and merit.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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