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Safe, non-stressful public service

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Canada Revenue Agency

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Very stress free. What can't be done today, will be done tomorrow.
Being permanent allows you to float through different areas in the agency.
Two guaranteed salary increases per year.
Insane amounts of vacation, sick, personal and volunteer leave.

Cons

Competency based Human ressource management. You cannot move up unless you pass a series of qualification tests, which are ambiguous and do not relate to the job.
Don't expect your pay to go through when you arrive. Some people wait up to 2-4 months to get their first pay due to the slow compensation area.
Work can be painstakingly boring.

Advice to Management

Hire people based on their performance and skills, not on an ambiguous test that does not prove any potential skills.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Politics, unfriendly management, soul sucking work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Revenue Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    For most jobs in CRA, you are granted a true 9 to 5 job with flexible hours and great health benefits. The pay is overly generous for some positions while a bit under paid for others. It gets very easy to become comfortable with your financial situation.

    Cons

    Being a new employee at this organization automatically makes you feel like a second class citizen. The union will not care about you, management sees you as the easiest target to layoff to reduce budget as you will have no employment rights, promotions and career ladders are muddled by office politics and seniority, the coworkers you work with are frequently not qualified to do their jobs. Contracts are given out with 3 to 4 month terms after the initial 1 year contract and extensions are routinely given out during the last week of the current contract before it expires.

    Advice to Management

    Gain the ability to communicate to your employees. Every time we find out about layoffs and workforce adjustment from the news, the moral in the office shatters. Sometimes telling your employees that you will uphold the minimal legal responsibilities to keep your employment doesn't inspire any confidence the employee has for the organization.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A great place to get some fundamental audit experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Revenue Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    CRA offers very good training especially for auditors. It also has flexible work schedules including compressed hours. Great benefits such as study days if you are taking professional designations, health and dental insurance, and vacation.

    Cons

    Moving up is largely based on length of service and seniority so you may find that you have to wait 2-4 years before you get more responsibility. Career progression information is sometimes hard to find. You really have to ask around or dig deep to get information.


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