Government of Canada

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Stable but bureacratic. Worth the pension

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Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

Pros

The Pension and benefits are very good with a good work-life balance. There is ample job security even though some departments are laying people off at the moment

Cons

Low morale
Progression to Management is sometimes based on how long you've been there instead of skills at leading people

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't micro-manage

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Analyst at Government of Canada

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    Former Employee - Socio-economic Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Socio-economic Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In general, the government focuses on "process" so if you're results-driven, it may be difficult to adapt to the work environment. Take things slowly and follow the rules.

    It is an ideal position for someone who wants to have predictable work hours e.g. mothers who want to take care of their children. Another nice thing is that you know your paycheque is safe; although there are no bonuses nor perks, you get paid bi-weekly on time.
    I liked the stability, independence, defined-benefit pensions, and health-care benefits.

    Cons

    I frown at ineffective ways of doing work that's been engrained through generations and generations of government workers. For instance, booking a business trip can easily be done by individual workers, but the government makes its workers make reservations through a third-party private company (i.e. American Express), which just wastes time and resources.

    I also didn't like lack of horizontal and vertical mobility. People tend to stay where they are. Many career opportunities do get posted internally, but they often have restrictions such as "you can only apply if you're within 100 km of a certain city" that make it impossible to move up to another position or move across to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please devote more time to providing feedbacks to your team rather than getting lost amidst paper-shuffling.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great pension promises, but frustrating work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Nice benefits package, safe working environment (people are are very well-behaved)

    Cons

    You see a lot of wasting of money and can not do anything about it. Things could be done better, but people are afraid to try. Little vacation time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have hired 'the best and the brightest', let them think and come up with the answers the country needs.

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    Positive Outlook
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