Environment Canada Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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    Cushy government job

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Environment Canada as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Comfortable, reasonable pay, great benefits.

    Cons

    Hard to find and compete for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of toxic employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Internship - Analyst

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

    I worked at Environment Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, people, facilities, work-life balance very relaxed attitude. No drama, friendly people. Comendable vision, ethics, values.

    Cons

    As all government areas, too much bureaucracy, work moves slowly and redundantly. High amount of "wasted" effort due to project turnover, bureaucratic processes. Work may not be challenging enough.

    Positive Outlook
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    Extreme bureaucracy, repetitive work.

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    Current Employee - Meteorological Technologist  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Meteorological Technologist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Environment Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Reasonable benefits (although they take more and more away every year)
    -Relatively easy job (highly dependent on your exact job, though)
    -Fairly laid back

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is extreme - job application process took over 1 year and the actual hiring process took another year. However, they did not give me much notice for when I would be expected to begin my job (2-3 weeks only). Once you actually do start working there the bureaucracy continues. As an example it took 6 months to receive my new pay rate for my promotion and up to 2 months to receive overtime pay. HR is very disorganized and incompetent and will often lose paperwork. As a result of having too many employees, the work load is very light on most days (I work as a Meteorologist), and at times you feel like you're paid to just sit in a chair. Most software used is ancient and buggy and new software is integrated very slowly. Lots of incompetent people were hired who just manage to get by (many did poorly in university) and this can be very discouraging because it feels like putting in extra effort is not worth it. All in all the organization seems to think very highly of itself, but praise is seldom received from the public. Pay starts out low and increases fast, however it can be discouraging at first that people doing the same job as you get paid double.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Dedicated people

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor  in  Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Gatineau, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Environment Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people committed to a great cause

    Cons

    Mandate is incongruent with current government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empathy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    EC. CCIW NLET

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Analyst  in  Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Burlington, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Environment Canada as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. great for coop students that are doing their first work experience in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, hydrology. Work load is reasonable and steady troughout the year, and there are always other things to do and get the chance to meet and interact with different departments people.

    Cons

    no chances of future employment

    Recommends
  7.  

    It's amazing!

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    Current Employee - Performance Measurement Meteorologist  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Performance Measurement Meteorologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Environment Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - awesome people
    - challenging projects
    - good benefits
    - great work-life balance

    Cons

    - it's a government position.. obviously beaurocratic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Almost everyone is great to work with, very little drama.

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    Current Employee - Financial Assistant  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Environment Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are quite friendly and many have been there for a long time, so there is a sense of permanence. The managers seem to know what they're doing most of the time, so the work is reasonable and the benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    I find the work itself quite repetitive and not very challenging. Working within the bureaucracy of the federal government can also be quite challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is not always good. More evaluation and communication before implementing changes would be a good idea.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great Work Environment, Great Pay, Very Qualified Employees

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    Former Employee - Programs  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programs in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Environment Canada as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great pay and benefits for students
    - Work-life balance
    - Opportunity for advancement
    - Many training opportunities
    - Opportunity to Advance

    Cons

    - Not very social outside of work
    - Difficult to obtain a position if not already in the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Environment Canada as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Goood Environment. Coworkers are very helpful

    Cons

    From my experience there werent any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Unremarkable

    Former Employee - Geomatics Applications Developer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Geomatics Applications Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Environment Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The pros of working at Environment Canada for me were as follows:
    - No pressure (arguably not a pro)
    - No late hours/overtime
    - Nice cafeteria

    Cons

    The cons of working at Environment Canada for me were as follows:
    - Minimal growth as a developer
    - Somewhat hostile work environment at times (gossip, lies, etc.)
    - No real challenges

    Doesn't Recommend

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