Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada Reviews

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  1.  

    A fantastic employer with great culture and values

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One of the more dynamic federal government department, has a very comprehensive and important mandate to support competitiveness and the sustainability of the agriculture and agri-food sector, great benefits.

    Cons

    The diversity in the workforce can be improved

  2.  

    Summer student

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    Current Employee - Student Summer Intern  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Summer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    good pay and working hours, flexible hours. Hard but good work.

    Cons

    some of the other employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Great place to work depending on your management

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    Former Employee - IT Support  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Support in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work load can be demanding, but they offer good balance with work/life.
    If you can't do overtime, depending on your manager, they won't enforce it.
    Training is given every year so you can stay in touch with the latest technology.

    Cons

    Like many Government departments, it's slow to make your way up.
    Management can be out-of-focused from real-life scenarios.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Government agency has drifted from original mission, now works for big industry players

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

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Many dedicated people trying to do the right thing, physical working conditions are adequate to OK, and still some opportunities to do work that makes a difference to agriculture at the farm level.

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy with the majority of senior managers still rooted in the command and control style of managing - not true leaders. Scientific staff often muzzled and it has become very politicized, especially since Harper became prime minister. Very poor people management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying that people are important and start treating them like they are. Stop micro-managing, if you hired the right people, tell them what you want done (but don't tell them that they have to 'get' a certain answer to support government policy) and let them do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Average Government Agency

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Harrow, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Harrow, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    seasonal nature of research keeps projects on time, learned staff

    Cons

    slow to react to changing circumstances

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace english as language of the office

    Recommends
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    Lab Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful job, fast paced but always interesting. Working in labs requires training which they pay for, but also to be self reliant and accurate.

    Cons

    Government labs are directly impacted by government budgets. Canadian government currently is in an austerity mode, so cutbacks are large.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand the powers that be to stop making wild slashes to budgets, and instead make slow and careful cuts.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Amazing summer employment

    Former Employee - Summer Student  in  Harrow, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Harrow, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, great people, pleasant atmosphere

    Cons

    None really. some might not like outdoor/manual labor but it didn't bother me at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

  9.  

    It was just about an ok experience

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work in this company is to obtain research related skills and to get familiar working in a laboratory environment.

    Cons

    slow, unchallenging and repetitive tasks. One can get highly bored doing the same work. sometimes emotional drama and stress can ocurr because of not enough work at times. salary is not very rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The manager should get better at understanding people and building good professional relations.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator  in  Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada

    Pros

    great benefits, pension plan, great working conditions

    Cons

    very administrative, not a lot a room to be creative

  11.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada

    Pros

    No stress
    Easy going managers
    Streamlined Processes
    Nice workplace environment

    Cons

    Government Bureaucracy reduces the productivity at work place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee empowerment

    Recommends

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