Export Development Canada Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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Export Development Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Benoit Daignault
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  1. Solid place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    People believe in the mandate of the organization (supporting Canadian exporters). Great benefits, work life balance. Full of smart people that work hard.

    Cons

    Obsession with newest trend (lean, management systems, etc) without understanding implications. Low turnover. Less than inspiring leadership in some areas. Reduced upward mobility if you don't have finance/insurance background.

    Advice to Management

    Force a little more turnover. Hold your leaders accountable


  2. One of the best in Ottawa

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements; rather flexible organization allowing for inter company transfer; relatively transparent management open to share information; culture is young and lively.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, decisions go through many layers before they can be made; efforts have to be spent to properly formulate wording to ensure messages are communicated right, leading to much time spent wording emails, meetings to prepare for meetings, etc.


  3. PC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company and vision. Willing and looking to change with the times to be more relevant and competitive as an organization

    Cons

    Needs to embrace change more robustly. We are unfortunately still very very bureaucratic, and decision making is quite slow. My role not properly developed/defined from am HR perspective, and as a result not very properly understood by project managers.

    Advice to Management

    Dont just talk about change, be about it and act on it. Give people more varying tasks and opportunities to grow. Align business processes more efficiently. Let people grow.


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  5. I love working here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and vacations for students (6 month contract and over) On-site gym Provide required productivity tools (Cellphone, Laptop, Extra screen on request,...) Good compensation Training available Good work environment

    Cons

    Lot of work, can be stressful Student work is not always fun (that depends on the team) Food options in the building are expensive

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, never underestimate a student who's willing and better food options in the building would be nice!


  6. Business analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in worK, work from home

    Cons

    You start as a contract employee and becomes permanent in 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Good management


  7. Depends

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

    Pros

    Nice clean buildings and offices

    Cons

    too many cliques and tribes

    Advice to Management

    review performances


  8. Helpful (3)

    EDC best employer in Ottawa

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (Less than a 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    A great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Not bad

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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,


  11. Helpful (2)

    good corp

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    work life balance, good culture, good people

    Cons

    limited quick career progress opportunities



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