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Canadian Standards Association Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
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  1.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Standards Association full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, very competitive. The work environment is really good, and there are plenty of opportunities to build strong realtionships, both internally and externally.

    Cons

    Excessive bureaucracy and a unionized environment that creates a bad image for the company, including for those that are not unionized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce red tape and the excessive meetings; they do not contribute to a greater productivity and leave people feeling that they wasted their time.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mismanaged

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mgr in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Mgr in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Canadian Standards Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were good. HR is not evil. Most of the people in sales and engineering are good to work with.

    Cons

    Salaries have little connection to competitive reality. They tried to remedy the situation, but instead they made it worse.

    A fair percentage of upper management consists of people who did not perform well in the for-profit sector. CSA is very much like a government agency. Management defends turf and budgets, with little regard for managing the business in a competitive way. Most of the company's obstacles are self-imposed.

    The path to longevity is achieved by not making waves and avoiding "March Madness".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain departments continue to underperform. Senior management knows EXACTLY which departments these are. Sweeping changes are necessary. In one department, they need to replace the VP, most of middle management, and some of the technical people. I could tell them which department that is, but they already know. And yet turf and budgets continue to be the top priority. To sum it all up: Stop acting like a government agency or a social club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Glacial Pace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Standards Association full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours; great benefits

    Cons

    Autocratic management - their way or the highway

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO is trying to move in the right direction but your senior management is way too slow in carrying out fundamental changes necessary for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company, great direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Standards Association full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, very good benefits, focus on mobility, fantastic opportunity to make connections.

    Cons

    location, relatively low comp ceiling for a private company .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Standard Sales Customer Service Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Inside Standard Sales Customer Service Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Standards Association full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, office hours

    Cons

    Typical office politics. If you can stay out of it, it'll be a more pleasant working experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company and hours - flexible and good perks!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Standards Association full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - good working hours, flexible as some people can start earlier and others later depending on their circumstances
    - Ergonomic workstations
    - Good benefits, flex days, fitness spending account

    Cons

    - way too many managers vs union workers
    - some managers have hands-off approach to their employees which leads to unclear direction
    - lack of training for management on how to manage employees
    - lack of any succession planning or career paths for motivated employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers on how to manage the employees and create succession planning

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mostly fun place to ride out a few years, but watch out for "March Madness" gratuitous firings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Standards Association

    Pros

    Pretty good pay for what you actually have to do. Mostly clueless management and complete absence of work-to-time relationship makes doing personal business a breeze. 35 hour work week. Lavish travel budgets. Meet lots of people at committee meetings and conferences. Nice facilities. Mostly collegial colleagues. Tolerance of engineering wardrobe. Good benefits. When you get sick of the place and make your contempt for management obvious, they throw you the best severance packages this side of the Rocky Mountains!

    Cons

    Very little possibility for advancement, unless you are willing to drink the koolaid. Best not to stay more than a few years as the experience is not very transferable. For a not-for-profit that tries to portray a touchy-feely-safety culture, they have a very aggressive "March Madness" program every year where they gratuitously fire about 10% of people for mostly vindictive reasons, totally demotivating everyone else for months. Management easily fooled into spending huge amounts of money on unnecessary IT (SAP etc. ) and passe management fads (Kaizen, Employee Engagement etc.) instead of just developing competent managers. Most senior management do not respect the membership of the association and spent most of their efforts on advancing their own careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, terrible management

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Standards Association

    Pros

    Co-workers are very supportive and helpful, if you suck up to the right management staff you will definitely get a promotion irrespective of your education or knowledge.

    Cons

    management works on principle of do as I say not as I do, different rules for management, and regular staff who are disrespected. Most of the management have been promoted on who they know not on their knowledge so basically you get no support, however you have to get the work done, using your coworkers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce your management staff and get more managers who can produce and not just fib - listen to your regular staff sometimes for good feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    over all thoughts

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Standards Association

    Pros

    The people.
    It is a 'secure' job, for the most part.
    10 days off at Christmas and the day after Thanksgiving off.

    Cons

    No room for advancement or growth and totally under paid for what we do. We are a not for profit organization which allows them to get away with paying us far less than a for profit company.
    You do not get set amount of vacation time or sick time, you must accumulate your PL (personal leave time), this is done by getting a set amount each pay period (set amount depends on how long you have been there).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key....don't say something is happening and then three months later those who are supposed to be affected by this something still have no idea what is going on. Or have a meeting and say this and this is happening and then i never happens....if it's going to take some time keep us in the loop.

  11.  

    like Underwriters Limited: too old, slow and beauraucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Standards Association

    Pros

    a not-for-profit organization that's fairly laid-back and without a lot of pressure. low likelihood of ever losing your job as long as you do the minimum. the work you do goes to making the world a safer place, and for altruistic people it's a satisfying place to be. As well, there are some pretty knowledgeable/experienced coworkers. great for people with families because most employees have kids and live in the burbs, and management seems to be supportive of you taking time off to care for your family.

    Cons

    Despite the pros, it's a place that's full of issues and inefficiencies that never really get resolved because management is too slow to respond or too constrained by operating procedures/policies. innovation is not well-received. The company is headquartered in Toronto/Cleveland, and all decision-making (though it's a stretch to call it that) is done out there. So if you work in a satellite office you kind of feel like you have no say in what happens at work, and you don't feel very empowered. they say they want self-startes and self-motivated people, but what they really want are people who won't rock the boat. i've found that it's an extremely frustrating and depressing environment and i personally felt let down by CSA, as I came here wanting to make the world a safer place, but they don't really enable me to do that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it's time to start listening to your new staff. those old dogs that have 15-20 years experience don't necessarily know what's best. you've got a huge problem if you can't get new blood to want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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