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National Research Council Canada Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
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  1.  

    Postdoctoral Researcher at National Lab

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada

    Pros

    Good salary, good work experience

    Cons

    limited contract of 2 years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Fear-based institute that's behind the times in management/retention; experience in-the-news topics via panels/lectures

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    Former Employee - Associate Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Research Council Canada

    Pros

    Committee Study topics and panels
    Close to the action of politics and policy
    Lectures series are hot curent events/topics

    Cons

    fear-based company
    Information is hoarded
    unclear goals; looking good cuts quality
    Endless rules prevent staffers from doing so much as ordering a stapler without permission
    management creates distrust and confusion among staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A good agency uses open communication, not fear & intimidation to get results / create positive work environment
    As a publications company, supply tools/ materials and equipment that will fit the real daily needs of staff / committee

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Nice colleagues, lots of bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    NIce people to work with. OK pay.

    Cons

    Tons of bureaucracy and silly rules. Many NRC offices are in utterly dull and boring places. By NRC standards, Ottawa is as cool and hip as it gets. There's an increasing pressure to use NRC to generate government revenue, at the expense of the quality of research. Not because NRC scientists are not capable of producing top-notch science, but because they have to worry to much about producing things that can be marketed immediately.

    Neutral Outlook
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    Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cool going with lots of resources

    Cons

    govt is cutting down the facilities in recent times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    moving towards industrial research and commercialization

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at National Research Council Canada as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    New opportunities for business-minded scientists and engineers. May be able to connect with startups and companies in the private sector.

    Cons

    Still undergoing a lot of change in management and structure. Labs being reorganized. Money being diverted to IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program) and away from lab work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize gaps in innovation system (the 2 valleys of death) and focus on them!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Anonymous review

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really like working for National Research Council, because I met a lot of different people. I was flexible and have a lot of people skills. I put together a manual for employees to learn Intranet

    Cons

    My contract was for 4 months

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    boring

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    Current Employee - Industrial Technology Advisor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Industrial Technology Advisor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great releax work enviroment, good pension

    Cons

    too much time wasted, too little work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    bureaucratic, autocratic, hardly any research left

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    Former Employee - Research Officer
    Former Employee - Research Officer

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good for people who do not expect much, have no interests/career aspirations and can be happy just with reasonable salaries and benefits. Work not too stressful, not too demanding (however on the boring side...)

    Cons

    Horrible management, a lot of corruption, constant changes, unclear and/or unreasonable expectations, employees are not valued as is normal in research organizations, highly educated personnel has no influence on decision making. Lack of integrity at the higher management level; a lot of propaganda

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Very helpful.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boucherville, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boucherville, QC (Canada)

    I worked at National Research Council Canada as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very friendly and smart coworkers

    Cons

    somewhat anti social at the beginning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Choose carefully...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries, benefits and pensions
    Still reasonable job stability - if you have a family to support and a mortgage to pay and you are not too ambitious that may be a great place for you...

    Cons

    - Very diverse culture in different portfolios/locations, some still support research others are strongly focused on money making; check that carefully before committing yourself.
    - Poor place for growth and development. You can get some 3-day training courses - OK for technicians, but not at the PhD level. For people with PhD: the organization is sliding down - after few years you may have hard time to get another job - your CV may not look too great...
    - Poor and autocratic management, fear driven work environment (if we do not make more money, they may lay us off). However, f you happen to be good at making money, that may work for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways of utilizing highly qualified personnel
    To avoid confusion, remove "Research" from the name if you intend on converting NRC to a contract service organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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