Industry Canada

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  1.  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Industry Canada (less than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to get the resources and time to do the research I wanted. Was a good co-op experience given it was out West in Saskatchewan.

    Cons

    Pace is fairly slow - which suits some people better than others.

  2.  

    Government is better than you might think!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader - Human Resources in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Team Leader - Human Resources in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A wide variety of opportunities to service Canadians. It's like choosing from over 30 companies to work for within one.

    Cons

    Most people work hard, but some don't pull their weight and it's difficult to let them go!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After 20+ years in the private sector it's nice to be driven by a mission that's not bottom-line driven!

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Stay away.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Industry Canada

    Pros

    Can take vacation at will.
    Flexible work hours.
    Teleworking is permitted.

    Cons

    Promotions are not fair and transparent. Favorites are immediately promoted up the chain while senior and deserving people's advancement, potential, and career development is completely ignored.

    There is a distinct language bias by French Canadian supervisors and management.

    There is relatively no turnover as the jobs are dead-end. Working at CIPO simply erodes one's skill set, and after a few years, your stuck. You are not marketable in engineering nor are your skills recognized by other departments in the federal government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone deserves the opportunities for promotion and professional development - not just kids graduating from Quebec universities.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Good technical job but the technical parts over the years was farmed out to the private sector.

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    Former Employee - Compliance Officer
    Former Employee - Compliance Officer

    I worked at Industry Canada

    Pros

    Good technical position with good to very good training . Benifits O.K to good. Good place to gain additional or new job experience

    Cons

    Technical parts of the job farmed out to the private sector. Percentage of time spent working on the road became too much.

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  6.  

    Government is a great job if you want to pursue other interests in life!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Economist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Industry Canada

    Pros

    Job Stability, Work/Life Balance, Fairly Good Compensation, Indexed Salary, Great Pension Benefits, Career progression is good if you enter multiple competitions.

    Cons

    No Bonuses, Bureaucratic Work Environment, Little Communication between Employees, Takes patience to find the right niche for you in the government, Senior Levels Compensation is terrible for the amount of work they do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
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  7.  

    Interesting issues, excellent pension and benefits, huge bureaucracy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Industry Canada

    Pros

    Government pensions are excellent. The work/life balance is very good, especially for women who need to take maternity leave, or time off when their children are sick. There is an effort to promote women -- a very thin glass ceiling.
    The issues are very interesting, but often there is not enough time to explore them in depth.

    Cons

    Compared to the private sector the pay is low. (although the benefits compensate)

    Industry Canada is a huge bureaucratic organization, with a fairly rigid hierarchy. It makes it difficult to communicate effectively and to move the agenda forward. Often more than one group is working on the same issue at the same time, at cross-purposes. Moreover, Industry Canada is relatively weak compared to other departments, and so policy decisions can be overridden by others, which can be demoralizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pare down the department. Think carefully about how you will manage industry policy in a recession so as to adhere to conservative principles, and not resort to industry subsidies.

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