Export Development Canada

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Export Development Canada Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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  1.  

    EDC best employer in Ottawa

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working at EDC has been a game changer. Work-life balance is best in the city - regular teleworking is common and often encouraged. Employees are intelligent and hard-working and management supportive of career development. There is a true sense of professionalism and growth - everyone is always working together on different ways to make EDC a better organization - and at the end of the day, these changes are actually implemented. Imagine!

    Cons

    Organization structure a little confusing/chaotic. Compensation/salary increases not as competitive as the private sector.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are genuinely smart, kind and hard-working - a pleasure to work with. There's lots of interesting and meaningful work to do, and lots of opportunities to learn and grow in your career. Generally a good work-life balance and flexible work arrangements are a big plus. I consider EDC far and away the best place to work in Ottawa, and one of the best in Canada.

    Cons

    Sometimes EDC can feel a bit bureaucratic or slow to change. Very low staff turnover rates are a sign that it's a great place to work, but can sometimes mean that there's not as many opportunities for advancement or "fresh blood" as might be desirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it simple - never lose sight of the customer. Be nimble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good leadership, flexible time, lots of support

    Cons

    Head Office in Ottawa, French requirement,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good corp

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work life balance, good culture, good people

    Cons

    limited quick career progress opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to develop

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Export Development Canada

    Pros

    Lots of variety, option to travel and lean about complex international transactions

    Cons

    Can be a little bureaucratic with some confusing decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency, less politicking

  7.  

    Good portfolio of financial products and services offered

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Employee Benefits and offices

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, Inconsistent Leadership Direction, need to speak French to progress career

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I plan to finish my career here....we do great work for Canada

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Leader in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance - yes, the hours are as long as in the private sector, but we have the flexibility and the tools to work from home as needed. Colleagues who are experts in their field and who genuinely want to collaborate with others. Feedback from our clients shows that the work we do for them is highly valued, so you know what you do is making a difference. Lots of opportunity to move around within the company, even outside of your immediate area. And I personally love the work we do with local community groups and with CARE Canada to sponsor business development in the third world - we take our corporate social responsibilities seriously.

    Cons

    Some of our administrative processes seem to take far too long - can be frustrating when something that seems so simple takes weeks to complete. A lot of change initiatives underway with no end in sight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leaders can get too bogged down in making sure all teams and all employees are exactly following the steps in the latest program (such as LEAN) - would be better to allow different teams to adapt the program a little more and trust that the teams will deliver the desired end results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Organization I've Worked For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Export Development Canada (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    EDC is full of really great people - smart, capable, leaders in their field, committed. Not a typical "government" organization. Results oriented. High performance standards. Great working environment. Many of the employees here have worked in the private sector, but have tired of that culture (chasing profits) and want to make a difference. At EDC, you can still work with high calibre people on interesting, challenging work, but you know you are doing it because it matters.

    Cons

    EDC has a strong culture and it isn't for everyone. It is definitely not a good spot for someone who wants to coast (unlike many government organizations, poor performance isn't tolerated). Also, not a great spot for someone who is driven by individual rewards available in the high-end financial sector. With the Canadian government as the shareholder, the organization is just not going to be a top payer. But, pay is competitive for most jobs. Career progression can be slower than in some other organizations. There isn't much turnover (because most people like it here and stay), so this limits available promotions. Career opportunities are most often in the actual challenge of roles, taking on special projects and job changes at the same level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent place to work!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting and challenging work, great work environment, beautiful gym with plenty of different classes. Excellent career development oppportunities. Opportunity to work with lots of bright people! Great mandate - helping Canadian exporters succeed abroad. Flexible work policy with ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Salary not as competitive as private sector but overall great benefits package.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best crown corporations as it is mandate focused, value driven and embraces a culture of excellence.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Embraces the best practices for delivering services to its mandated clients, Canadian exporters, and helps them succeed in doing business around the world.

    Cons

    Management is now pursuing a path to remove long term employees who were on the defined benefits retirement plan. Forcing a lot of good people out of organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top employers are mindful of the reputation they have as place where you can grow a career. If you want a high turn over of staff, your internal staff moral, employee loyalty and corporate commitments will suffer, ultimately undermining your high service levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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