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National Research Council Canada Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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    Co-op

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    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada

    Pros

    Exciting Research, very friendly environment. A lot of autonomy.

    Cons

    Things can move very slowly as it is all government based.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Subject to government whims

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at National Research Council Canada

    Pros

    Good people, low stress day-to-day environment. Compared to academics, guaranteed base funding.

    Cons

    Funding guaranteed only as long area considered a priority. Priorities change as leadership changes.
    Poor communication by management about future directions.
    More bureaucrats, less researchers over time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Upper management is busy killing this organization

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

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

    Pros

    The project I worked on was extremely interesting, the team was great. Equipment was easily available and of good quality.

    Cons

    Upper management is politically chosen, and thus the organization is blown to and fro by the whims of the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking of this organization as a business, think of it as being able to open strategic opportunities for Canadian industry by taking on risky and complex projects, and keeping them in Canada.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    it is a great research centre to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada

    Pros

    flexible hours. friendly co workers. opportunity to meet great researchers from around the world.

    Cons

    lack of motivation in some of the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absorb younger people.

    Recommends
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    Autocratic behemoth that moves at a glacial pace and does very little research.

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    Former Employee - Research Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Compensation ad Work-Life balance are very reasonable. Excellent if you are hard working but not ambitious since a career path is not available to you.

    Cons

    Management is afraid of taking any decisions.
    Will only listen to high profile individuals and ignore the rank and file.
    Lack of direction at all levels since former Alberta Research Council staff at the helm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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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
  10.  

    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
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    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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