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Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
27 Reviews

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  1.  

    On balance positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Do you remember that song by Lover Boy "everybody's working for the weekend"... in Govt its' "everybody's working for the pension" ... except not a lot of relevant work is being done... But there are some positives including:

    Flexibility
    Good salary
    Very smart coworkers
    Lots of opportunities to work in many areas and many projects if you show even minimal motivation
    Can make a difference to lives of Canadians

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility
    Very dumb coworkers - More unqualified Francophones and college slackers than you can wave a stick at
    If you don't show initiative you will get lost in the bureaucracy
    Lots of bright people here became discouraged by the bureaucracy and having good ideas knocked down
    Lots of make work projects to give appearance of being "productive".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. Managers in Government are brilliant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Used to be great...Move to HQ lowered our morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Officer
    Current Employee - Financial Officer

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Great benefits.
    Nice location in downtown Edmonton.

    Cons

    Due to budget cuts, the move of operations to HQ out east resulted in the loss of jobs and in the reduction of morale of our department.

    Managers are distant and do not seem open.

    No opportunities for advancement in our department. All higher level jobs are taken and due to budget restraints, no new positions or new hires are allowed.

    Pay is much less than in the private sector due to deductions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be friendlier and more open.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    An OK place to work, hard to get promotion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    You can apply for another job within the public sector, a lot of opportunities in NCR

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is not efficient, not consistent.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    STAY AWAY from Office of regulatory process improvement at HECSB. It is a complete disaster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory Project Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Regulatory Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    It's a job if you desperately need one. The nature of work conducted can be satisfying. The facilities are good. The offices are easily accessible by transit.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, poor relationship management, confused leadership, doesn't care for employees at all. High staff churn and burn out. Staff that disagrees is shown the door or is blocked. People are afraid to even reasonably challenge status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring more for the department and less for yourself. Listen to your team more. Remind yourselves that you are a public servant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    The people were great, morale was low due to constant turnover of staff and changing priorities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work itself was interesting/engaging. The people and culture were great.

    Cons

    No job stability, extremely difficult to get a permanent position. Casual positions have no benefits. You may have to work from term to term. Reprting and paperwork is onerous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good work life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Meaningful work if you are in the right department and under the right manager.

    Cons

    Many of the permanent staff lack passion for their work and are only there for a paycheck. Lots of people on short contract or hired by agency. They may be doing the same work but large pay disparity.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work with great pay and benefits
    Stable hours
    Job stability
    Very little micromanagement

    Cons

    Management can be stifling
    Little to no creativity
    Basicallly a drone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    I would quit if it weren't for the money

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good salary. Can apply internally

    Cons

    No room to contribute. Everything needs to be signed. Cliquey management. You're just a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Especially if your focused on the mental health of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Not bad - typical government job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work can be good if you are interested in the field. Broad range of interests can be covered from regulatory through to hands on lab.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get ideas through. Typical government stuff but no better no worse than else where but could be a bit easier to put forward new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards allowing more lower level idea flow to work up from beneath. A little hard for people to get new ideas put forward,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Difficult employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary
    Compensation
    Benefits
    Full time work available if you want to leave home
    Must sacrifice in order to get ahead

    Cons

    Lack of management expertise in health care
    Only promote their own kind
    Union busting organization
    Little concern for employee health or well being

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much inbreeding to allow department to function

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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