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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.  

    General Admin Clerk

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    Current Employee - General Administrative Clerk in Amherst, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - General Administrative Clerk in Amherst, NS (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A salary and great benifits. I like having the stability that is offered when working for the government of Canada. There is no worry involved when you are considering raising a family or needing regular amounts of time off.

    Cons

    I felt the training options were limited. It seemed like the training budget would need to be tripled in order to offer any training to anyone who was not at an already very educated position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, but very stressful

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Steady employment, contracts usually get renewed if your performance is good

    Cons

    Long hours, poor planning, very reactive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should review in detail the work consultants do to see if they are still engaged in what they were hired for in the first place!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ok place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Many different positions to apply on for work.

    Cons

    Cutting benefits and pays less then in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are promoted on who they know, not what they know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Could be better.

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good experience! Great pay, hours, benefits and environment. There is room to grow. The work isn't very hard. You also get to meet very interesting people.

    Cons

    Most people aren't properly trained. The job can become very stagnant. The work load is not evenly distributed among employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    great learning opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work life balance can't be beat.

    Cons

    the politicization of public service is sickening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    base decisions on evidence and merit.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Easy to become stagnant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits - life insurance, medical, dental
    Excellent work-life balance
    Unionized
    Mostly friendly employees
    Excellent leave provisions - annual, volunteer, personal, family responsibility, leave without pay...

    Cons

    Hard to move around without knowing the right people
    Limited growth potential without bilingualism
    Cannot negotiate salary
    Some instability based on policies being enacted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good foundation

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Nairobi (Kenya)

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

    Pros

    Lovely starting ground for new graduates

    Cons

    French as a second language

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be purely based on merit and not only job competitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Easy up 'til now.

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits ...way better than most of the private sector .. flex hours and work from home policies so you can do whatever you want whenever you want and still get paid.( i.e fight your way through COSTCO with hundreds of other public servants during the work day) Almost impossible to get fired once you're in. Unbelievable pension!

    Cons

    New core competency requirements that public servants need to show integrity and respect, think things through, work effectively with others and take initiative and be action-oriented are totally outrageous! Thank goodness the unions are taking the Government to court to fight these requirements!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great Place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to grow, if you work hard.

    Cons

    Can be slow, the management is weak

  11.  

    Great place to start a career, move on after 2 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Its a unique government organization that provides excellent exposure to the prestigious private sector firms (law firms, consulting etc) as well as leading academics.

    Cons

    Its government and there is a lot of bureaucracy. Morale is almost always low because people get promoted based on relationships rather than merit. French language is a requirement to move into management which in my mind is ludicrous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of French language requirement for senior positions. Provide career advancement opportunities. Promote people based on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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