Environment Canada
3.6 of 5 34 reviews
www.ec.gc.ca Ottawa, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

Environment Canada Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
Environment Canada – Vancouver – “Douglas Jung Building @ 401 Burrard”

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    Dedicated people

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

    ProsGreat people committed to a great cause

    ConsMandate is incongruent with current government

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpathy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extreme bureaucracy, repetitive work.

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

    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

    ConsBureaucracy 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 Senior ManagementPlease quit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    ProsExcellent 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.

    Consno chances of future employment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's amazing!

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

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

    Cons- it's a government position.. obviously beaurocratic

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

    ProsPeople 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Work Environment, Great Pay, Very Qualified Employees

    Programs (Former Employee)
    Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    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 Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Programmer (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsGoood Environment. Coworkers are very helpful

    ConsFrom my experience there werent any cons

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    limited opportunities, hard to get a full time position

    Financial Specialist (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Prosgovernment pension, flex days, leave and forget it work

    Consnot very challenging, department budget constraints

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unremarkable

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

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

    ConsThe 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    decent work, nice people, but slow and conservative environment.

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros-benefits from health to travels
    -very relaxed environment, maybe almost too relaxed
    -decent job stability
    -work is not very stressful

    Cons-pay is not as high as other companies
    -things are slow, getting certain accounts set up takes weeks
    -the work can sometimes get boring
    -the technology is way behind, last time I worked there, we still used windows XP in 2011

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't be afraid of change and moving forward

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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