Health Canada Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. Great Learning Experience, Relaxed Environment

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Clerk in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Health Canada full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    supportive co-workers, pay, benefits, relax environment

    Cons

    not challenging or motivating enough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Health Canada

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    With few exceptions, dysfunctional management, inefficient working system and demoralized work force

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunity for newer and younger once and be open for new ways of doing things

  3. Great department to work for. More relaxed than other Federal organizations.

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    Former Intern - Junior Project Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Junior Project Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Health Canada as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    office culture was friendly, collaborative. leadership was engaging and personable.

    Cons

    senior management changed frequently, leading to discord in priority and vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. pleasant

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    Former Contractor - Economic Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Economic Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Health Canada as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    learn health economics
    advanced excel and statistics sofware
    director was very nice and made you feel confortable
    interac with other people with similarmindset

    Cons

    too many introverted people
    did not like the city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have more discussions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. On balance positive

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Health Canada full-time (more than 8 years)

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

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    Current Employee - Financial Officer
    Current Employee - Financial Officer

    I have been working at Health Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  8. An OK place to work, hard to get promotion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Health Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

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

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    Current Contractor - Regulatory Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Regulatory Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Health Canada as a contractor

    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
  10. Good work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Health Canada

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

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Health Canada as a contractor

    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

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