Canada Border Services Agency

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Updated Jul 1, 2014

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3.2 22 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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Luc Portelance

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent experience with great sized team.

    Junior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsPeople truly try to help each other. Everyone is trying to work together in order to ensure policies are respected and objectives are met.

    ConsLike any government job, it takes time to get work authorized and completed. Too many people to go through for an authorization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awful - glad to leave

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsPeers and colleagues were fantastic

    ConsSome Directors were incompetent - and bullied staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider adminstering anonymous 360 mgt reviews for EX's

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to work at

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is OK, meet nice people.

    ConsManagement has no cojones at all

    Advice to Senior ManagementDeal with your officers better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice, relaxed place to work (Billings Bridge)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery nice people. There are a few lazy people, but they are still nice. Professional.

    ConsVery political.

    Can be very slow. Not like the private sector. Lots of administration and red tape that can be very time consuming. Great place to work if you can get used to that.

    Work life balance is very good. Most people work 7.5 hours and that's it. Management is very flexible and encourages work life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    BSO Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPotential to meet a wide variety of people depending on the department you're placed in. Good pay. Good benefits. Job security; you'd need to make a monumental mistake to be fired.

    ConsIrregular work hours. Easy to become jaded and show very little apathy to others. Very repetitive tasks. People hate you. Opportunities for advancement can be

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

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    Great employer, low expectations for "student clerks"

    Student Clerk (Former Employee) Kingston, ON (Canada)

    ProsWorking at a land border was a great experience, with lots of opportunities to learn about federal policies - especially if you are interested in immigration or law enforcement.

    ConsAs a student clerk, you are not allowed to take on many tasks. I mostly processed payments on taxes and did some data entry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Can be somewhat interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIts a government position, enough said.

    ConsDepending on your job function it can feel like an all boys club, boys who got the job straight after high school.

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

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    Great Atmosphere and Support

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility, Benefits, Work Environment, Above industry start up wages

    ConsBuildings and desks might be a little bit on the older side

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    Great opportunity for university and college students while in school

    Student Border Service Officer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsMoney is good during the summer and they will work around your schedule in the fall and winter months.

    ConsNo bridging anymore for those who want to become a full time officer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Senior Program Officer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros- Work/life balance
    - Opportunities to work abroad
    - Excellent salary
    - Good benefits

    Cons- Very difficult to advance into managerial roles without advanced fluency in English and French
    - Budget cutting has affected job security and departmental spending

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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