Government of Canada Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Decent benefits, great pension, good salary. But that's really it.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great pension, good salary. But that's really it.

    Cons

    Inefficiencies, lack of communication, slow paced and red tape can drive you bonkers. If you are used to progression, efficiency, great team players who are committed to doing high quality work and on time, you might be heading for disappointment to work for the government. It might be honeymoon for the first year, but it will likely get to you coming from another company before 'retiring' at the government. You are surrounded by people who are frustrated, lack drive, who have to take big breaks from work (month + vacations, go on average income to get away for months, compressed work weeks, etc) to get away from the work chaos/stress . That says a lot about the enjoyment of the work there. If you are a person that is ambitious, likes variety, thrives on progression, I encourage you to look elsewhere. There are many other jobs out there that pays decent and better for your mental health. Also, as you move up, the pay doesn't change much but the magnitude of chaos increases.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to increase morale by recognizing work of those who DO the work and encourage social events to gel the team. People work there for more than ten years and the bosses have no idea, that's sad. Or people who work late nights, weekends, and the bosses don't recognize that either, that's sad too. Employees are often mistreated because everyone else thinks that they will commit their entire life to the government due to pension, benefits and salary. I had to leave.


  2. Conduct aviation oversight activities at a variety of aviation companies for small operators to large air carriers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The department provides for a stable job and a stable lifestyle. Overtime requirements and travel requirements are kept to a minimum.

    Cons

    As any government agency, there are bureaucratic rules , which at times are antiquated and difficult to change quickly.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management could provide more avenues to develop subject matter experts who show potential as managers into executive management.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Working with the federal government has been a very positive experience. Opportunities for professional development etc

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oceans Biologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Oceans Biologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    good working environment, great colleagues, flexible hours, decent pay, opportunities for training and career development

    Cons

    no job security, sector is at risk of cutbacks constantly, not enough resources to complete work or do work properly.


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  5. Good place, good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Communications Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Communications Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good benefits, good insurance.

    Cons

    office environment, mundane work, leadership, difficult internal promotion

    Advice to Management

    Think differently. Embrace fresh and new ideas.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Amazing experience and job growth potential

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay when comparing against private sector. Lots of room for growth and upward momentum.

    Cons

    Mostly Ottawa centric, when comparing similar jobs available in Ottawa, counterparts in Ottawa often get paid more for the same job.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good career opportunities and interesting files/subject matter, but difficult environment to work in

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Subject matter is very interesting. There are a lot of career opportunities and paths within government. Great benefits and salary.

    Cons

    My experience (7 years) was in a very toxic environment. A lot of entitlement. Can be a very frustrating place to work since progress is slow and it's a very hierarchical organization.

    Advice to Management

    Grow internal talent! Nurture good ideas and give people the space and ownership to drive initiatives.


  8. Great public service employer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stimulating work that allows for a full career with multiple opportunities to expand skills sets.

    Cons

    Like all large bureaucracies, processes can be slow. Must be a go-getter to keep things moving.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Ok to work depends on your personality

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security- work and life balance

    Cons

    No Promotions- Union promotes laziness- If you don't know french you can hardly move up


  10. Helpful (1)

    Statistics Canada (2011 Census) A disgrace to Canada and Canadians.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Census Crew Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Census Crew Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Other than a paycheque there is no good reason to work there.

    Cons

    Highly stressful environment. Management bullies employees. Employees routinely use immoral methods to track down and harass general public until they provide census information.

    Advice to Management

    There is an unscrupulous culture in Statistics Canada's Census management. What a disgrace to Canada.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A comfortable job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relax work environment. No pressure.

    Cons

    Not very good pay. Not much career future

    Advice to Management

    Need more promotion for technical professionals.



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