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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Government of Canada as an intern (more than an year)

Pros

Life/work balance and benefits are the best

Cons

Change policies everyday, Brucracy, hard to get in

Neutral 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
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    Great working environment for scientists and professionnals

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

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

    Pros

    Great challenges, good benefits. Truly multi-cultural experience.

    Cons

    Salary below private sector. Very bureaucratic (frustrating) environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing and don't get on the political bandwagon. Be transparent and open.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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