Government of Canada Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Chief Departmental Internal Control

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    Current Employee - Chief Departmental Internal Control in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Chief Departmental Internal Control in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work to life balance, interesting work, multiple projects on the go, great benefits

    Cons

    Red tape, french, difficult at times to move up

  2. Helpful (1)

    Amazing experience and job growth potential

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    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay when comparing against private sector. Lots of room for growth and upward momentum.

    Cons

    Mostly Ottawa centric, when comparing similar jobs available in Ottawa, counterparts in Ottawa often get paid more for the same job.

  3. A great career with great benefits

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Important work that changes lives, and guarantees an unequaled level of benefits. A great pension that makes the old "freedom 55", more like "freedom 40"

    Cons

    In hot market areas of the country, pay seems low compared to peers. That said, salary. Is not total compensation!

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  5. Definetely one of the best places to work and enjoy life in Lima

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    Current Contractor - Assistant In the Trade Section in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Current Contractor - Assistant In the Trade Section in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company totally respects the labour rights and the contracts of its employees, something that is very difficult to find in Lima

    Cons

    There are too many restrictions to make a career in this company

    Advice to Management

    Take care that the employee's payments are made in time

  6. Helpful (1)

    Cool place to work

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Life/work balance and benefits are the best

    Cons

    Change policies everyday, Brucracy, hard to get in

  7. Helpful (1)

    A great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Court Administrative Clerk in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Court Administrative Clerk in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Had a great time working with other co-workers and learned a lot.

    Cons

    There are small office space to work in.

  8. Excellent in terms of overall work environment

    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits both in terms of pensions and health

    Cons

    Stress in long hours and evenings

    Advice to Management

    Process focus to improve all aspects

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great beginner experience

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

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I worked in 2 separate Federal Departments, both were wonderful. The majority of my time was spent at Public Safety Canada and I was very pleased with the senior management team. They were intuitive, supportive and trusting ( able to delegate important tasks without micromanaging). Management was open to ideas, I was never shut down or shut out if I suggested anything to help improve the process, report, meeting etc. Overall I found my colleagues of a high caliber which was nice as I felt like I was a part of a high performance team. Great intergovernmental experience, able to work with multiple partners on interesting subject matter.

    Cons

    Workload was cyclical, can be difficult at times as you're are extremely busy for a while and then do nothing for weeks. I found advancement within 1 department to be difficult, most employees switch between multiple departments throughout their career in order to advance. Organizational efficiency is on the lower side, it does take a while for things to happen. Also, a lack of variety when it comes to work, you can often work on the same file for years without much action.

    Advice to Management

    Provide management the tools to promote from within and to keep employees in certain departments. Management should be able to build and keep their own teams if the team is proven to be successful. Maintain the positive and understanding attitude that helps employees keep work-life balance and promote/highlight options to attain that balance. Mean it when you sign an employees learning plan and followup with employee to make certain they are achieving personal goals in professional workplace ( i.e. registered for training courses etc.)

  10. gov job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    stable, fair salary, professional deveopment

    Cons

    lack of flexibility, efficience, slow promotion

    Advice to Management

    flexibility

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great pay in comparison to other industries
    Great people - down to earth
    Fun times with coworkers
    Job security is a plus

    Cons

    Dull at times
    Work is rather repetitive and there are many levels to go through to have simple things approved

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

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