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Government of Ontario, Canada Reviews

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
44 Reviews

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Government of Ontario, Canada Secretary of the Cabinet Peter Wallace
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  1.  

    Great experience!

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Ontario, Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I'm currently here as a Summer Student and I must say that I had never expected to be given as much responsibility as I am given right now.

    You really get to work with some very amazing people and some exceptionally nice managers. There is room for growth and everyone really appreciates what you do.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being awesome!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Summer Student

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    Current Employee - Summer Student
    Current Employee - Summer Student

    I have been working at Government of Ontario, Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team work. Very friendly staff. The summer position is a great way to gain experience while studying.

    Cons

    The pay is not very rewarding. Lots of office work depending on where you work. I would rather be learning something new than photocopy all day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The best of times if it wasn't for the incompetent managerment

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Peterborough, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Peterborough, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Ontario, Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, freedom to come and go as you wanted.

    Cons

    Incompetent management that was more concerned with protecting their own jobs than actually doing anything progressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to be less concerned with --- on the rung above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of team work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web and Communication Coordinator  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web and Communication Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, lots to learn on policy and policy making, great pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    A little slow adopting new technological changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for summer student work experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Ontario, Canada

    Pros

    A summer job in the government is not as stressful compared to a job in the private sector.

    Cons

    Because it is not as stressful, things get done a lot slower.

  7.  

    It Gets Worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very little that I've been able to find

    Cons

    Warning! Employment with the Ontario Government will cause uncontrollable work/life imbalance, loss of health benefits, reduced and inadequate long-term disability coverage, and lifetime job insecurity. Permanently frozen income is a serious risk. Not suitable for anyone with professional career aspirations. Employer bullies and bargains in bad faith.
    Contact your career counsellor right away for advice on getting a job in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't attract talent when you hate your own employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Works for some, not for others

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

    I worked at Government of Ontario, Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The government offers decent pay and good benefits. My colleagues were knowledgable people who tried hard. There was also some possibility for advancement for those people wanting to make a career of working in government.

    Cons

    In my ministry, there was rampant incompetence - particularly in middle/senior management. People never wanted to take responsibility taken for actions, which is captured in the 15 signatures required (approvals) to do anything!

    Most of the time, the work was seriously impeded by interdepartmental bickering and turf battles. Most people live in fear of their own shadows and the minister's offices are run by new graduates who have an over-inflated sense of ability and importance.

    Make sure you know if you are the type to like government - if you like sales or business development, don't go to government. If you're the kind of person who thrives in a lot of structure and being told what to do, then go nuts. Creative problem-solving really isn't encouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up and be counted. Set that as the culture and remove people who are ineffective, regardless of how long they have been in the OPS.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Diverse people and large IT presence.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Ontario, beutiful province and most IT positions are based out of Toronto, ON (central)
    - Excellent benefits and entry level salaries
    - Great diversity in people, reflects the current demographics of our province.
    - Large IT shop with many specialist type positions (networking, security, build/automation, development etc.)

    Cons

    - Like any public sector environment, beurocracy. Can take a lot of time and effort to push forward issues or project milestones.
    - Can be difficult to get in, I think this is more due to the amount of people who would love to work for the province and the province needing to make some financial decisions to get out of debt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management should be more assertive and provide leadership to their employees, especially at the senior/executive management level. Just because employees are in a Union does not mean delegation and direction shouldn't be given.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great rewards for mediocrity, mediocre rewards for greatness

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  London, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Ontario, Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good starting salary for talented new graduates

    Cons

    Little incentive for further development and exceptional achievement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make merit pay and performance bonuses a larger portion of employee compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Career in OPS

    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Ontario, Canada full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, income and benefits

    Cons

    Moving around within the organization is not very easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance assessments should be more realistic based on individuals and ambitious employees should be rewarded.

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