Government of Canada
3.5 of 5 72 reviews
www.canada.ca 5000+ Employees

Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
Government of Canada – Gatineau – “Place du Portage”

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3.5 72 reviews

                             

54% Approve of the CEO

Government of Canada Governor General David Johnston

David Johnston

(13 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Motivated colleagues, good work/life balance, focussed and valuable work in the public interest"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Job Security, relevant issues, generally qualified and intelligent co-workers"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Salary is somewhat lower than private sector"
    in 4 reviews
  • "The work environment is not always the most stimulating and sometimes accomplishing objectives is difficult due to the red tape"
    in 3 reviews
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A great experience

Court Administrative Clerk (Former Employee)
Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

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

ProsHad a great time working with other co-workers and learned a lot.

ConsThere are small office space to work in.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Experience as an Elections Poll Clerk

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsIt was very easy to get organized on the day of the elections, and everything went well without a hitch.

ConsThere was nothing bad in particular.

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the people i worked with were very nice

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Government of Canada

ProsThis was not a stressful job, accommodating, friendly atmosphere

Conssalary was very low since i got the position through an employment agency

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You would think that government jobs would be the ideal work environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Government of Canada as a contractor

Pros-great pay
-sick pay and personal days (if you are actually fortunate enough to have a long enough contract there)

Cons-mostly seasonal contracts (so not many permanent jobs)
-seems like they give a lot of the better (or higher) jobs to minorities instead of judging everyone in a fair manner
-don't get any or much benefits unless you are fortunate enough to get a longer contract (which they often try hard to avoid so that they do not have to give out those benefits)
-once you do get in a more "stable" and higher position, they put so much stress on you with often unattainable production and precision quotas that you are not able to do the work as well as you should (a great number of people that work(ed) with me or are in other areas are on high blood pressure medication (even a co-worker that is still in her twenties)
-they "walk people out" for not doing the work as well as they should even if they have been working there for most of their lives---they also don't give much consideration to seniority
-they don't really care that they ask for ridiculous production numbers (if fact, I am sure they lose a lot of money and good customer service because they expect people to do a lot of work in a very small limit of time----there is no way that that you can keep up with their quotas without doing inaccurate work)-----------------if you keep up with your production quotas, you risk losing your job because you aren't able to meet your precision quotas or if you keep your precision quotas, you risk losing your job because you do not meet your production quotas (it really is no wonder that a lot of people quit or suffer from very high blood pressure (or worse illnesses)).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working at government all depends on where you end-up

Research Engineer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefits,
good life,
kind of safe job,
average salary,
possibility of promotion if you are willing to and f you are patient.

ConsEverything is way too slow,
Sometimes it could be hard to find good people to teach you new things

Advice to Senior ManagementCare about at least a bit about young people. They are those who are the most likely willing to work hard.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Communications Advisor (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

ProsGreat benefits include a pension, sick and family related leave (with pay), flexible work hours, pay for all stat hours
There is job security - to a certain degree
It has zero tolerance for work-related harassment

ConsThe pay is lower than in the private sector.
They are very bureaucratic - things take way longer to happen than they should.
 It can be difficult to advance up the ladder on a permanent level - this organization mainly hands out acting positions versus permanent appointments.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to be more flexible - life doesn't always fit into a black and white picture. Learn to be more open to modern technologies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great first job

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Government of Canada full-time

Prosnetworking, understanding of how government works in your country, ability to connect with people in different ways, really prepares you for any field. It was an amazing first job opportunity for someone in early 20s and wants to exercise hisintelligence.

Consduring a federal election you are required to take an unpaid leave of absence to help out with the campaign. When you are already making so little in salary, this came as a surprise. However, the fast pace environment of election time together with the skills you gain is worth it at a young age.

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Canadians really are friendly.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Government of Canada full-time

ProsThe Government of Canada offered me a great quality of life with generous leave policies and overtime pay. The government also encourages internal movement and gives the ability to apply for other positions.

ConsIf you work for the Government of Canada abroad as a non-Canadian there are a few implications. Make sure to check on tax implications, because they can add up and in the United States you are not eligible for unemployment if they decide to lay you off. Another implication is that you can only move so far within the system, without citizenship.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great environment to work

Data Analyst (Former Employee)
Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

I worked at Government of Canada full-time for less than a year

ProsFlexible hours and challengeable projects

ConsDifficult to get a permanent position

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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If you can get it, go for it.

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

ProsTon of opportunities across many job categories.
Strong benefits program.
May get interesting and rewarding work.

ConsSome departments operate in a very old fashioned manner.
Decisions may not always be based on management expertise but rather political imperatives. This can be very frustrating at times.
Advancement is often based on seniority rather than performance.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward top performers through a bonus system.

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

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