Government of Canada 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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    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)

    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 (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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  5. Great employer

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Adopt lean practices everywhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Good place, good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Communications Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Communications Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

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

    Cons

    office environment, mundane work, leadership, difficult internal promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think differently. Embrace fresh and new ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Great public service employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great work life balance. Dead end job, no challenged

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    Former Contractor - Immigration Refugee Board in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Immigration Refugee Board in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is amazing. Job stays at work and you can stick to personal life in the evenings. Pension is great

    Cons

    Dead end job. Very hard to move up the ranks.
    Contract positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the hard workers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    I have been working in the Federal Government for 14 years.

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    Current Employee - Payment Service Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Payment Service Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    There is a decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Lack of stability in recent history, high paced, high stress environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 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 (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

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