Canadian International Development Agency
2.8 of 5 4 reviews
www.acdi-cida.gc.ca Gatineau, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Excellent working place with amazing colleagues.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Canadian International Development Agency full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood working environment. Good compensation.

ConsAlthough different for me, there was not much space for growth for most employees.
Job descriptions always reshuffled or changed with the arrival of new boss.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ok, but not a place to spend an entire career.

Development Officer (Current Employee)
Kingston (Jamaica)

I have been working at Canadian International Development Agency

ProsRelatively high job security
Good not great pay
Culture of respect within organisation
Good reputation
Most projects make a positive impact on beneficiaries

ConsIf you are not Canadian very limited chance of career advancement.
Very Bureaucratic
Very slow project approval process
Lots of back and forth in decision making

Advice to Senior ManagementHave a more open mind as to how thing can be approached and achieved. There is not only one 'right' way.

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"Different" branch of the public service

Liaison Officer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at Canadian International Development Agency

Pros- Government stability, difficult to be fired
- Some people are awesome

Cons- Too much focus on pet projects than results
- No respect for taxpayer's money
- Inefficient processes

Advice to Senior ManagementAddress leakage issues - too much money is being wasted.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Typical government position in not-so-typical field.

Analyst (Former Employee)
Gatineau, QC (Canada)

I worked at Canadian International Development Agency

ProsBenefits of working in public service: compensation, time off, health insurance, hours, etc.

For those who can deal with the downsides, this is a prime job to enter early and kick back. There is very little focus on merit-based promotions or rewards, and simply showing up every day seems to be the key to ensuring your success.

ConsBureaucracy: Organizational change happening at a snail's pace, very little communication among management, incompetence at senior management levels, etc.

Simply put, seeing the incompetence, inefficiency and waste is frustrating in any industry, but when dealing with international development, such problems translate into lives lost and lower standards of living. This is very hard to sit back and idly watch.

Advice to Senior ManagementCoordinate better, communicate more, stop promoting incompetent employees to avoid having to fire them.

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