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Working at government all depends on where you end-up

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Current Employee - Research Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Research Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Good benefits,
good life,
kind of safe job,
average salary,
possibility of promotion if you are willing to and f you are patient.

Cons

Everything is way too slow,
Sometimes it could be hard to find good people to teach you new things

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Care about at least a bit about young people. They are those who are the most likely willing to work hard.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    You would think that government jobs would be the ideal work environment

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Government of Canada as a contractor

    Pros

    -great pay
    -sick pay and personal days (if you are actually fortunate enough to have a long enough contract there)

    Cons

    -mostly seasonal contracts (so not many permanent jobs)
    -seems like they give a lot of the better (or higher) jobs to minorities instead of judging everyone in a fair manner
    -don't get any or much benefits unless you are fortunate enough to get a longer contract (which they often try hard to avoid so that they do not have to give out those benefits)
    -once you do get in a more "stable" and higher position, they put so much stress on you with often unattainable production and precision quotas that you are not able to do the work as well as you should (a great number of people that work(ed) with me or are in other areas are on high blood pressure medication (even a co-worker that is still in her twenties)
    -they "walk people out" for not doing the work as well as they should even if they have been working there for most of their lives---they also don't give much consideration to seniority
    -they don't really care that they ask for ridiculous production numbers (if fact, I am sure they lose a lot of money and good customer service because they expect people to do a lot of work in a very small limit of time----there is no way that that you can keep up with their quotas without doing inaccurate work)-----------------if you keep up with your production quotas, you risk losing your job because you aren't able to meet your precision quotas or if you keep your precision quotas, you risk losing your job because you do not meet your production quotas (it really is no wonder that a lot of people quit or suffer from very high blood pressure (or worse illnesses)).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits include a pension, sick and family related leave (with pay), flexible work hours, pay for all stat hours
    There is job security - to a certain degree
    It has zero tolerance for work-related harassment

    Cons

    The pay is lower than in the private sector.
    They are very bureaucratic - things take way longer to happen than they should.
     It can be difficult to advance up the ladder on a permanent level - this organization mainly hands out acting positions versus permanent appointments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be more flexible - life doesn't always fit into a black and white picture. Learn to be more open to modern technologies.

    Recommends
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