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Updated Jul 19, 2014
Government of Canada – Gatineau – “Place du Portage”

Government of Canada – Gatineau – “Place du Portage”
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 86 reviews

17% Approve of the CEO

Government of Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper

(6 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

More Highlights
86 Employee Reviews
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    Great Place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunities to grow, if you work hard.

    ConsCan be slow, the management is weak

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more English

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    In search of lack of stimulation...

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

    ProsIn 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)

    ConsThis 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.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care that the employee's payments are made in time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Will be looking elsewhere.

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

    ProsInteresting files, opportunity to make a difference to Canadians.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience. Nice atmosphere

    Clerk (Former Employee)

    ProsVery nice people, room for development, flexible hours

    ConsNothing that I can think about

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    Nice environment, diversity of work assignments

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

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

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

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

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    IT workers in Government of Canada - time of drastic changes but potential also

    IT Client Services Officer (Current Employee) Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

    ProsGood benefits - sick leave, vacation leave and other types of leave are quite good. Almost on par with private sector. If you are mobile fairly good promotion opportunities.between departments and geographic areas.

    ConsSalary is somewhat lower than private sector. Pension plan is penalized when you start receiving CPP (CPP amount is deducted from your pension). Currently it is very turbulent times with big changes occurring that can be hard on nerves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet your staff do their job - they're good at it. Give them up to date training and it will benefit you and the employer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cut backs are evident and there is no sign of improvement.

    DND (Current Employee) Halifax, NS (Canada)

    ProsThey make your day to day life easy, there is no real thinking needed to do your job if you know it. You always get paid on time and reasonably well.

    ConsAll the extras are being cut and it is being run more like a not very well funded profit driven corporate company. You are expected to do more with less across the board.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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