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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
92 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Pension and benefits are very good with a good work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Job security unmatched elsewhere as you're in an union (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Cutting benefits and pays less then in the private sector (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Nice place to work in

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work, employees are so friendly, compensation is moderate compared to the private sector in Egypt.

    Cons

    A friendly environment, there is a salary scale that you don't have to negotiate much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to do your best to keep your best & loyal employees

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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    An excellent contract that allowed me to work from home and take care of my youngest child at the time

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    Former Employee - Proposal Writer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Proposal Writer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    It is government of Canada
    They have an excellent cafeteria for breakfast
    Excellent online system in place

    Cons

    It is a large building with little chance of advancement unless you are French
    Typical bureaucracy of the federal government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more English

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    In search of lack of stimulation...

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    Current Employee - Project Officer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    In General, the Government of Canada is a stable place to work (or used to be) that offer really good salaries for the workload and allows for a good work-personal life balance. It also include really good benefits such as health insurance coverage and pension (if still in place when I'll get there)

    Cons

    This work place really lack stimulation after a little while and staff needs to change jobs often to stay stimulated. High turnover of staff make work harder. The many approval steps are also preventing efficiencies and it can be very frustrating at times. This is as really risk aversive environment which often freeze any action taking or decision making processes.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Definetely one of the best places to work and enjoy life in Lima

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    Current Employee - Assistant In the Trade Section  in  Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Current Employee - Assistant In the Trade Section in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

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

    Pros

    The company totally respects the labour rights and the contracts of its employees, something that is very difficult to find in Lima

    Cons

    There are too many restrictions to make a career in this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care that the employee's payments are made in time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will be looking elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Analyst  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Interesting files, opportunity to make a difference to Canadians.

    Cons

    Lack of vision/direction from senior management, micro-management, lack of accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Nice environment, diversity of work assignments

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Burlington, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Job security
    - Friendly colleagues
    - Development opportunities
    - Prestige
    - Competitive benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow, priorities change, less dynamic, too much hierarchy, budget limitations are a reality of everyday life that makes progress on projects harder.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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