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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
Government of Canada – Gatineau – “Place du Portage”

Government of Canada – Gatineau – “Place du Portage”
All Employees Current Employees Only

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing Experience

    Business Development (Former Employee) Washington, DC

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat benefits, vacations but not much room for movement.

    ConsBureaucratic with lots of egos.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAssistants are people too.

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

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    Good and bad aspects

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Restaurant manager at mcdonalds

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsLong hours
    Working with teenagers
    Micro managing
    Respect days off

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your people

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

    Manager (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsA 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementA 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    ProsA 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.

    ConsI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, but very stressful

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

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

    ConsLong hours, poor planning, very reactive

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou 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!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great learning opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork life balance can't be beat.

    Consthe politicization of public service is sickening.

    Advice to Senior Managementbase decisions on evidence and merit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Nice place to work in

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt is a nice place to work, employees are so friendly, compensation is moderate compared to the private sector in Egypt.

    ConsA friendly environment, there is a salary scale that you don't have to negotiate much

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to do your best to keep your best & loyal employees

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