Canada Revenue Agency Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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Pros
  • great for those with families or single parents looking for work/life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the opportunity to use "banked" hours to take every other Friday off which is great during the summer time (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is not the most brilliant, red tape and very slow staffing process (in 7 reviews)

  • All the red tape of working for the government (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Income Tax Auditor

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Canada Revenue Agency as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Hard to move up in

  2. IT specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canada Revenue Agency part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    easy-going person
    knowledgeable
    fast learner, study new knowledge very fast
    happy
    smart
    teamwork

    Cons

    not strong
    communication
    not good at express my thought
    not open
    silent

  3. Great time working at the CRA at the Toronto West Tax Office (Mississauga). Worked as an HST Auditor.

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    Former Employee - Tax Auditor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Tax Auditor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Revenue Agency

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

    Pros

    Overall you're expected to do your work. Fairly chill job. No pressure or anything. Just make sure you're doing your job competently and you'll be fine.

    Cons

    No feedback given from manager until performance eval at which point he said my work wasn't the best compared to colleague. No real goals or anything like that. No career development.

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  5. It has changed, time to move on

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    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Revenue Agency

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

    Pros

    The pay is above average and the benefits are good (but they have significantly reduced over the years that I worked there). You really don't have to work hard at all, in fact, if you're a permanent employee it's virtually impossible to get fired for being lazy. As long as you don't do something really stupid or illegal you have a job for life. If you're ever being disciplined just claim a mental disorder and you're basically off the hook.

    Cons

    In BC at least they often use Employment Equity to select candidates who are visible minority or aboriginal. If you're a white male don't even bother applying here, you will not advance. As it's nearly impossible to get fired the environment breeds laziness.

    Advice to Management

    Get real, you lose excellent workers when you don't hire or promote based on merit. Empower your management to deal with lazy workers.

  6. Undergraduate Student - Specialty Audit Section

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Student in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Student in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Revenue Agency full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Freedom, flexible work hours, variety of work to do and health plans

    Cons

    Occasional lack of work, office culture very lax

  7. Relaxed workplace, lax deadlines

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canada Revenue Agency

    Pros

    A very relaxed and slowpaced work experience. Results are expected, but there are no clearcut deadlines on when things need to be completed by.

    Cons

    Low opportunity for growth and movement within the organization. A deskjob with very few perks or amenities for personal time or relaxation

  8. Good overall experience

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student

    I have been working at Canada Revenue Agency

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, paid overtime

    Cons

    Long processes for managerial approvals of work

  9. Solid pay, ability to work at your own pace

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    Current Intern - Tax Auditor in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Tax Auditor in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Revenue Agency as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - laid back culture
    - work at your own pace
    - great work life balance - never work overtime

    Cons

    - Rigorous background checks
    - Although they offer many training opportunities to improve your skills, typically takes longer to move up within the organization than the private sector

  10. Auditor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canada Revenue Agency

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Good co-workers and understanding boss
    -flexible and understanding environment
    -good work-life balance

    Cons

    -may takes long to obtain approval from managers
    -everything needs to go through various steps; completing a task may take a while

    Advice to Management

    -allow more initiative to each employee

  11. IT ANALYST / DEVELOPER

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canada Revenue Agency

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

    Pros

    Diverse work and assignment, great culture.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

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