Canada Post Reviews in Ottawa, ON

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
153 Reviews
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Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra
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Pros
  • good pay, good coworkers, outdoor work if you like that, stay in good shape (in 12 reviews)

  • a good place to work back in the day, good pay, very good benefits, excellent pension plan (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • promote from within the Corporation, letter carriers, postal clerks (in 7 reviews)

  • no one cares when you lose your job due to cutbacks (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interactive Environment for Students!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The company thrives on trying to integrate students into all aspects of the company. HR has done a great job of setting up student wide events where you have the opportunity to meet people your age, as well as managers and directors from all departments in the business.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is sometimes the lack of work that you might have to do. You are assigned big tasks to complete by the end of summer, but it can be difficult to keep that goal in mind on a day-to-day basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The ship is sinking

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Agent  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Delivery Agent in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Money is about the only reason i still work here...

    Cons

    Management bonuses for eliminating employees will sink this company faster than disappearing letter mail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the Nortel model and or the Titantic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Progressive ideas but dying a slow, painful death

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Works like a business and not like a government organization; management employees are pushed to achieve goals and objectives every year; progressive and innovative thinking; some old school VPs should be exited in order to continue drive to really innovate

    Cons

    Innovation is good but the lettermail business model is dying, parcels business ok but they can't compete with the FedEx's of the world when your mandate forces you to deliver items to the middle of Timbuktu at a cheap price. To really drive innovation, the company should be privatized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing experience senior officers, managers and directors in HR over the last 4-5 yrs...hhmm, maybe you should look harder at your General Manager cadre?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's like jumping down the Rabbit-hole every morning and see who showed up at the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Credit Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent salaries...because they know if they don't pay well, no one will take the jobs. This also insures the caliber of the hires is generally quite poor. The pay is the only pro.

    Cons

    They throw money at all problems to make them 'go away'. Very few things ever gets resolved properly or intelligently.
    They are mired in their own quasi-military history and traditionally poor thinking.
    They are a profit making venture in a business that makes a profitability virtually impossible because their government mandated directives come into direct conflict with the economic constructs of supply and demand.Plus the country is just too damn big to move what little mail is left profitably, to everybody everywhere, door-to-door, on time.That leaves non-targeted ad-mail which no ones reads, destroys our forests, and fills up our landfills needlessly.
    The corporate culture is broken beyond repair by too many unions squabbling for a shrinking membership due to corporate outsourcing, Senior management is top heavy with huge salaries and guaranteed performance bonuses whether you perform or not. The senior V.P.'s are viciously territorial and maintain a racist bent towards aboriginal Canadians.
       That pretty much sums it up...I worked at head office in Ottawa as a manager for ten years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none...They wouldn't listen anyway... at least the management that was there when I was wouldn't. I believe Deepak Chopra's heart is in the right place but the culture cannot be changed. CPC is a dinosaur running full speed towards the meteor ground zero. Good luck...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Temporary on-call

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Postal Worker PO4  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Inside Postal Worker PO4 in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The compensation was amazing. Base salary was nothing to sneeze at and there were bonuses for equipment (boot and glove) and night shift premiuims

    Cons

    The union was sometimes stifling and you could tell that work practices were not nearly as efficient as they could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible to your lower-level employees. Most night-shift employees had never seen headquarters and spoke of "the Management" as a far-off and remote entity

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    graveyard for competent people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Raise your family and have a good time as long as you are capable of "look busy and take easy". If you know French and you are good at politics then you will have happy retirement from senior position. If you were fired from other company and you were long term unemployed but know how to throw names and you can pull right strings then you qualify for a VP position.

    Cons

    Most Executive management have no postal experience. Most executives have nothing to show for their tenure. Firing is usually arbitrary. One GM was given "President's Innovator award" and within few months he was fired by his new incompetent VP perhaps intimidated by his knowledge . Inexperienced CEO never ran an organization of this magnitude. Of course, he knows how to keep seniors well exercised!!! President (Digital) is another genius at glib talking but nothing to show for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Measure your performance like that of other employees through 360 feedback. Publish your own grade to be transparent. Disclose your bonus under new names that your draw in lieu of CTI bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Manager, project manage Customer Service IT initiatives

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Was a great place to work when letter mail was plentiful

    Cons

    Upper management wanted it done their way with no input from subordinates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes collaborative thinking is better than individual thoughts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great workplace!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Officer, Stratagy  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Officer, Stratagy in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good market salaries and benefits are just par for the course at Canada Post. Their package of monetary and non-monetary benefits sets them apart from others! It is this total package that makes Canada Post a great place to work. It is not just the good salaries, you can also enjoy what you do, work with great people and develop your skills.

    Cons

    The constant threat of losing your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Declining, sunset organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Representative  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competetive salaries, benefits, pension. If you are already employed here with several years in and can get a total of 30 years in or 85 factor you will receive a pension.

    Cons

    Mismanaged, micromanaged basically affirmative action went wrong. People are not hired based on skills or education hence the need for micromanagement. Current business model is doomed to fail. The good opportunity is over at this company. If you start here now you will not get enough time in to obtain a pension as they will terminate you long before you become a long term liability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline management by downsizing the number of people in management. Hire qualified people for the job as opposed to affirmative hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive, on-going training, great growth opportunity, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    The head office building is located in a spot that isn't very central, so you are a little isolated in terms of places to go to during lunch/breaks etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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