Canada Ministry of Transportation
3.1 of 5 10 reviews
www.mto.gov.on.ca Toronto, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Canada Ministry of Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    great company

    Senior Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Prosgood working environment, salary and benefits

    Conscan be political and some employees are deadwood

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

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    Micromanagement, policies and hopelessness

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA nice office view
    Air conditioning
    ?????
    Fun coworkers (sometimes)
    Occasional free coffee or cake

    ConsMicromanagement up the wazoo
    Inept, useless upper management
    Gossipy coworkers
    Boring as hell
    Unfair job reviews (based off of objectively incorrect information that was falsified and therefore misinformation at best, and libel at worst)
    "Busy-work"
    Did I say micromanagement? Yeah.
    Endless useless policies for everything (and policies for policies)
    2 month long hiring process from initial interview to first day
    Disorganization (amazingly)
    No benefits for summer students (no sick days)
    No having fun or talking
    Your hard work goes unnoticed, but slip up one tiny thing and management has written a book about it
    Not enough actual work to do
    Ancient software
    Have to submit paperwork for even an hour off to go to the dentist, or to take extra time for lunch (which is unpaid)
    Horrible coworkers who's aspirations must've died decades ago

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo hide under a large rock (or at the bottom of a lake) and never come out again.

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

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    Good experience

    Summer Student (Current Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsTo any environmental specialists considering working at MTO, take heart in the fact that MTO works with a lot of consulting firms such as AECOM, Genivar, etc for highway projects. I would not rate MTO as the best place to be for an environmental specialist, but it does provide good exposure.

    ConsFelt the pay was far lower than industry standard for the same type of role

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

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    Aviation professionals should not expect a career or respect at TC.

    Aviation Inspector (Current Employee)
    Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    ProsPublic service benefits are good by comparison to a shriveling private sector. However these are under attack. Security and perfectibility, especially compared to the aviation industry,. Normal scheduled hours.

    ConsThe atmosphere in Civil Aviation is toxic and demoralizing. ""Doing more with Less"" and """Working Smarter " for the last 5 years has led to not enough people to do the work so management has taken the tack that - Anyone [ not trained and cheaper} can do the work and that ""you are lucky to have a job"". They write themselves exemptions to regulations and requirements they can't meet. Policies are for use when convenient, and there will be 3 finance reviews/ critiques of anything you do ; no matter how minor.
     They spend more on value and ethics Posters and announcements than demonstrating commitment. One only has to look at the latest Public Service Employee survey to see incredibly low scores on trust / belief in management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't know if they can fix themselves with this team . Intervention is required

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

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    Easy and boring for the most part. But it was laid back, which was nice.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosjob security, money, location, people

    Conslots of paperwork and eyes hurting from computer screens

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work!

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosrelaxed, great people, good culture, it was a positive experience working there. Learned quite a bit as an intern there. Comfortable place to work in

    Conshard to advance, okay salary. Sometimes you are left without work to do. The salary is based on a chart and although it is great if you are fresh out of university, you might want a bit more after a while

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

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    No great

    Summer Student Intern (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsInteresting to see Policy in Action, and some interesting poeople. It's weird to be in that situation though as an intern

    ConsDefinitely not the best experience, they don't give you any opprortunities for really learning, and if you go in with "dreams," as it were, you'll get a chance to see a lot of people who lost theirs long ago.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere were some great managers, but they just feel caught in a system, as it were. Work with them and you can get some good experiences though.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay

    Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work environment, mostly consultant management as most engineering work outsourced to third party consultants.

    Good project management skills developed and professional service acquisition

    ConsNot much engineering work as most work outsourced to third party consultants. Extensive contact with media and public most of whom are concerned about your latest project. Job can get quite political at times with involvement of MPP's and provincial government communications/ issues management staff

    Advice to Senior Managementtrust your staff to make the correct decisions

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    Great experience for a junior, but not a place to continue a career.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsGreat pay and great experience. Fast-paced political environment that encourages growth.

    ConsSlow turn-around. Poor decision making from upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a decision, and stick to it.

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    Excellent place to learn, friendly people

    Assistant Business Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsThe ministry offers a wide variety of work. There are many different areas - finance, human resources, policy, engineering, health & safety, etc. Overall, everyone is very friendly and easy to work with. There is a distinct culture at MTO - a cohesiveness not seen at other ministries. Management staff are open to younger employees learning about functional areas. they are open to job shadowing, mentoring, and promoting a learning culture.
    I really enjoyed my time working in different areas of the ministry. Policy areas tend to be busier with later nights but, again the culture i supportive and managers stay with their staff to help get work done in a crunch.

    ConsThe ministry does have a higher median age then many of the other ministries. Because of this there are a lot of 'old-school' managers who have technical expertise but no people skills. This can also make it difficult to introduce new ideas or implement best-practice programs and/or services. Also with an older culture is more of the old-school mentality about work and face time. Working from home, telecommuting overall wasn't acceptable. Communications can be distant, and really dependent on your manager to keep you informed. Sometimes programs/mandatory programs were implemented from the central agency (MGS) without context - not sure where the breakdown occurred at MTO or MGS but change wasnt always properly communicated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to change - same-old-same-old doesnt work any more
    Promote feedback and open communication

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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