Government of Canada Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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Pros
  • work life balance can't be beat (in 14 reviews)

  • Excellent pension and benefits package (in 8 reviews)

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

  • the politicization of public service is sickening (in 3 reviews)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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


  2. Amazing Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Business Development in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Business Development in Washington, DC

    I worked at Government of Canada as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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


  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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacations but not much room for movement.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic with lots of egos.

    Advice to Management

    Assistants are people too.


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  5. Researcher

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. advancements possible

    Cons

    Limited full time employment options

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great but not perfect

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - job stability
    - work/life balance
    - salary

    Cons

    - career advancement, especially in regions (outside Ottawa)
    - too many employees are yes-man and won't challenge management
    - too many employees do what they are asked to do rather than what they should do
    - management culture is quite different from one department to another

    Advice to Management

    - stop hiring consultants, hire more public servants
    - improve upper/middle management by having them follow clear guidelines
    - improve upper/middle management by reviewing what they do
    - involve regions, involve more people, make sure all stakeholders are involved in projects
    - make weekly team meetings mandatory
    - make more policies mandatory
    - manage the Government like you would manage your own business, your own money
    - make a better use of project management (use a simple/light framework, yet structured)
    - for SSC : restructure the organization by services (all telecom employees should be in the same team)
    - for SSC : don't re-invent the wheel : see how other enterprises/departments succeed and re-use the same policies
    - for SSC : hire more programmers (CISO), one programmer can automate the work of many employees and improve information management, involve CISO in all projects


  7. Database Analyst

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Gatineau, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work is very satisfying and fun. You take responsibility for your own tasks and management is great. There is a lot of flexibility and support for family responsibilities.

    Cons

    The HR can be a little bit slow.

    Advice to Management

    Put a little more pressure on HR. Sometimes they undo all the good work the managment puts out to their employees.


  8. Great employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for varied work
    Ability to move between departments
    Salaries and Benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, slow pace of change compared to private sector
    Technology adoption lags private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt lean practices everywhere


  9. Helpful (2)

    Working with the federal government has been a very positive experience. Opportunities for professional development etc

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oceans Biologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Oceans Biologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good working environment, great colleagues, flexible hours, decent pay, opportunities for training and career development

    Cons

    no job security, sector is at risk of cutbacks constantly, not enough resources to complete work or do work properly.


  10. Good place, good benefits.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Communications Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good benefits, good insurance.

    Cons

    office environment, mundane work, leadership, difficult internal promotion

    Advice to Management

    Think differently. Embrace fresh and new ideas.


  11. Great public service employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stimulating work that allows for a full career with multiple opportunities to expand skills sets.

    Cons

    Like all large bureaucracies, processes can be slow. Must be a go-getter to keep things moving.



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