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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
98 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance (more life than work to be honest) (in 14 reviews)

  • There is job security - to a certain degree (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work productivity (projects/cases take 3 times longer to complete than they would in the private sector) (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours, poor planning, very reactive (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging -- good and bad

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

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

    Pros

    If working with the 40% of public servants in Ottawa there's an amazing wealth of opportunities across areas of interest. Able to develop breadth of socioeconomic and political experience but also depth in a subject matter, if wanted.

    Flexible 7-3, 9-5 or working around life and school commitments. Overtime is limited to select departments/agencies and branch cultures.

    Cons

    Challenges are with upward and regional mobility. Upward growth is dependent on open positions (boxes), which are limited.

    Obsession with official languages internally is destructive for those wanting to develop second language proficiency. Training is limited, external trainers are shoddy and external second language communications are mostly developed by specialists.

    NCR to region mobility comes with risks. Mobility to working with 60% of the public service in the regions comes with the risk of limited assignment/secondment extension challenges. Strict recall dates due to extension limits result in employment termination risks.

    Professional training and performance management controls are limited and imprecise, encouraging average performance. High achievers often loose steam.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move beyond recognizing talent to enabling talent to grow by gaining experience throughout the government in the NCR and Regions without looming fear of termination.

    Reevaluate regional classifications, as staff are under paid and recognized while over performing in comparison to NCR employees.

    Build loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's not for everyone - if you can follow the rules and display good work ethic you'll see rewards.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    can work 45 mins extra each day for a day off every two weeks- nice for flexibility/work-life balance, opportunities for advancement are available.

    Cons

    depends on the section in which you work- you work with such a diverse group of people- sometimes there are bound to be personality clashes.

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soul sucking

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

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, full-time work, paid overtime.

    Cons

    Job insecurity since Harper cutbacks, low morale, uninteresting work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Initially good experience, but dragged down due to poor management and cuts.

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    Current Employee - Inspection
    Current Employee - Inspection

    I have been working at Government of Canada as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work hours and requirements with low demands. If you have a good supervisor its possible to move around and have a good experience.

    Cons

    Under-qualified management and co-workers that only care about finding ways to miss work and file for bogus overtime pay. Massive cuts due to upcoming election and no direction for this division. Hopefully the upcoming changes in division culture and direction with a new election will fix things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit your supervisors for filing for fake overtime and skipping out on hours. Minimal leadership skills and mainly under-qualified for doing anything, its amazing who gets put into these positions (boys club). Morale is at an epic low, please let go of the boat anchors dragging it down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Public Service

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

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work opportunities serving your country

    Cons

    Highly ineffecient management structures, poor human resource/performance management. Negative public perception of your contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve performance-based incentives, encourage risk-taking in practice. Reduce the red tape facilitate decision-making at all levels.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great for students

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

    I worked at Government of Canada as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay for students, exposure, flexible

    Cons

    Fixed policies without room for change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good and bad aspects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Salary is okay, though lower than in private industry (more than made up for by benefits, though). Vacation time.

    Cons

    Political impact on job. Limited budget for doing research and presenting at conferences. For scientists, ability to move between sectors is limited.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Restaurant manager at mcdonalds

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Sabbatical after 10 years of service
    Company car
    Medical benefits
    Quarterly bonus

    Cons

    Long hours
    Working with teenagers
    Micro managing
    Respect days off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people

  10.  

    A great career with great benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Important work that changes lives, and guarantees an unequaled level of benefits. A great pension that makes the old "freedom 55", more like "freedom 40"

    Cons

    In hot market areas of the country, pay seems low compared to peers. That said, salary. Is not total compensation!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of opportunity - if you're willing to work for it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A number of departments and offices across the country mean, depending on your career goals, you have a lot of choice in your job and your work location. If you want to work hard and have an imagination, you can make an actual difference in Canada. Jobs are awarded through open competition, where requirements are clearly communicated and a candidate is selected based on merit. The benefits package, while not as good as it once was, is still quite good, and the pension is still tops, despite the recent changes.

    Cons

    It is a very heavy bureaucracy, so making a difference requires quite a lot of endurance. Sometimes you need to drag your colleagues kicking and screaming out of the past; people will fight you the whole way through change, because they are comfortable as things are. Job competitions are only as good as the manager running them; the process can be manipulated by managers with an agenda to select a pre-determined person. Pay rates for professional jobs are lower than would be found in the private sector (partially offset by pension and benefits, so not as different as it appears on first-glance). Travel and training opportunities are severely limited at the moment, so trying to ensure your professional expertise keeps up with current knowledge requires a significant personal dedication, especially in the sciences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A greater focus on training and development would help offset some of the significant austerity measures being implemented. Conferences and training opportunities can be used to reward good performance, and will have the added benefit of keeping knowledge and expertise current

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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