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    Former Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian International Development Agency full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    International development is a very interesting suject and you get to contribute to making a difference in the world. The government is good for career opportunities.

    Cons

    The department has been amalgamated with the Department of Foreign Affairs

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    Excellent working place with amazing colleagues.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good working environment. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Although 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.

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

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    Current Employee - Development Officer in Kingston (Jamaica)
    Current Employee - Development Officer in Kingston (Jamaica)

    I have been working at Canadian International Development Agency

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Have 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

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    Former Employee - Liaison Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Liaison Officer in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Address leakage issues - too much money is being wasted.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Typical government position in not-so-typical field.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Gatineau, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian International Development Agency

    Pros

    Benefits 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.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy: 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 ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate better, communicate more, stop promoting incompetent employees to avoid having to fire them.

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