Ontario Ministry of Government Services

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Updated April 5, 2015
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  1. Very resourceful place to work.

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Systems Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ontario Ministry of Government Services

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

    Pros

    Variety of work. Never any repetition in what you do.

    Cons

    Sometimes its very boring work.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue what they do

  2. Experience depends on your manager - mine isn't so great.

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Ontario Ministry of Government Services as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Make real impact
    ServiceOntario is a fun place to work and is a newer organization in the government so there are lots of young people

    Cons

    Long projects that often don't go anywhere
    Manager is not open to flexible work hours

    Advice to Management

    Open up the 'work from home' concept

  3. Helpful (1)

    Lower pay but good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ontario Ministry of Government Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending you your Ministry, you could be working from 9am to 7pm every day with constant overtime during the weekend, or a standard 9-5 at the more relaxed ministries.

    -Good work/life balance
    -co-workers are friendly/nice because of job stability (and there are less occurrences where people stab you in the back like in the private sector)
    -Good pension

    Cons

    -Pays less than private. I was offered about 20k +bonus more to work in a private company.
    -I've seen instances where people with no degrees make close to 6 figures but do absolutely nothing because they are friends with the hiring manager.
    -Wage freezes and public cuts to salary.
    -does not reward performance

    Advice to Management

    1) Tax-payers and management need to understand that people come to government expecting to be paid less but receive a good benefits in return. The only thing happening right now is that salary's are being lowered and benefits are being cut.. All it does is force top performing people to leave the company while the dead weights stay behind. The people that could perform leave because their skills can get them a similar to higher paying job elsewhere (with equal benefits/worklife balance) while the people that don't have skills stay where they are. As time goes on, you're only left with more incompetent people.

    2) Need a way to reward performance.

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  5. Summer Intern - Good experience, lots of opportunities.

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ontario Ministry of Government Services as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn, relaxed atmosphere, kind colleagues, flexible with working hours.

    Cons

    Lack of formal training - best for those of have an idea of what they want to do and take initiatives. Lots of paperwork that can be repetitive and uninteresting.

    Advice to Management

    Devise a plan for your interns or the experience suffers.

  6. Great learning opportunity, but not a place to stay indefinitely

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    It's not archaic in the way it does business, compared to the rest of the Ontario Public Sector.

    The pay and benefits are competitive if not better than the private sector.

    Management for the most part is supportive in your professional development.

    If you have family, this is a good place to find work-life balance with a 9-5 routine.

    Cons

    The red tape. You can work on 10 projects, over 20 years, and if you're lucky, maybe one will be implemented over that time.

    The pace. Everything gets done at the speed of molasses. Do not expect a fast paced, versatile environment. You will quite often end up starring at the walls of your cubicle wondering how to fill the day.

  7. Fast Paced environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ontario Ministry of Government Services full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work culture and professional environment

    Cons

    Career growth is not as much

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great people and many opportunities, but you may feel that you are not providing enough impact on the company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ontario Ministry of Government Services full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Many diverse employee engagement groups
    Opportunities to have different careers within one company
    Benefits

    Cons

    You cannot see the full extent of what you do
    Could be boring at some times
    Not a place for young people to congregate

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff and be open to new ideas

  9. Amazing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ontario Ministry of Government Services full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Amazing Co Workers
    Good Experience of government

    Cons

    Boring
    Limited roles
    A lot of lazy people

  10. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ontario Ministry of Government Services

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stability, Pension, Benefits, Respect to people

    Cons

    Low organizational maturity, Bureaucracy, Silo mentality

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