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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Jun 1, 2014
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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    A great career with great benefits

    Manager (Current Employee)

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

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

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

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

    Assistant In the Trade Section (Current Employee) Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care that the employee's payments are made in time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience. Nice atmosphere

    Clerk (Former Employee)

    ProsVery nice people, room for development, flexible hours

    ConsNothing that I can think about

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    Cool place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLife/work balance and benefits are the best

    ConsChange policies everyday, Brucracy, hard to get in

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    A great experience

    Court Administrative Clerk (Former Employee) Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

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

    ConsThere are small office space to work in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Excellent in terms of overall work environment

    Director (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits both in terms of pensions and health

    ConsStress in long hours and evenings

    Advice to Senior ManagementProcess focus to improve all aspects

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    Great beginner experience

    Policy Analyst (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsI 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.

    ConsWorkload 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 Senior ManagementProvide 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.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosstable, fair salary, professional deveopment

    Conslack of flexibility, efficience, slow promotion

    Advice to Senior Managementflexibility

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunities

    Consultant (Former Employee) Halifax, NS (Canada)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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