Natural Resources Canada

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Natural Resources Canada Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
14 Reviews
3.3
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    was new experience with professional team

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    Former Employee - Clerk  in  Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Clerk in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Natural Resources Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    government organisation, skilled people and new experience

    Cons

    you need to get some training to understand the nature of the worl

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time with new employers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Do not work here

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

    I have been working at Natural Resources Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pension is the only pro to this department. There is no money for education or training; the free second language training was discontinued 2 years ago due to budget cuts. You cannot attend trade shows or industry events because there's no money and you're expected to gather all your knowledge from the newspaper without meeting any stakeholders. This is the worst position I've ever held in government.

    Cons

    Don't expect to accomplish anything in any role in this department. Natural resources fall under the discretion of provincial governments therefore this whole department is just a huge waste of money and other resources. The whole department should be devolved into other government departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a backbone, make a decision, stand by it and defend it. Don't cower - you embarrass yourself and your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyable work surrounded by bureaucracy and politics

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

    I worked at Natural Resources Canada as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    -The team that I worked with was engaging and supportive
    -The pay was reasonable
    -The boss was very flexible with time-off

    Cons

    -Too much mandatory training
    -Very high turnover rate for an office environment
    -Ancient equipment (was using a Pentium 4 computer with Office 2003 in 2013)
    -No benefits when hired as a full-time "casual" employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of people that are causing others to leave

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natural Resources Canada

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. Sometimes meaningful work. Good pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    Organizational decisions are bizarre and often irrational. Career development is limited to a select few in official development programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    have a new experience with the organisation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk  in  Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Clerk in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Natural Resources Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    good experience and new team work

    Cons

    routine is the most down points about the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support the department with all requirements

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Stimulating work, making a difference, but unrecognized

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Natural Resources Canada full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The work is interesting and you get a chance to have a national and even international impact because of the global nature of the research done here.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be bureaucratic because rules are imposed government-wide (e.g. travel, limited access to conferences, etc...)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    One of the better departments in the Government of Canada

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    Current Employee - CS Group
    Current Employee - CS Group

    I have been working at Natural Resources Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Relatively forward thinking management, open and progressive approach to technology

    Cons

    Part of the huge Government of Canada bureaucracy - essentially similar downsides as any large multinational private business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Things has changed too much ....

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist

    I have been working at Natural Resources Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary is good
    Benefits are good.
    A lot of great co-workers.

    Cons

    Too many changes in what we are supposed to be doing.
    Much more micro-management than just 5 years ago.
    Bureaucracy has also increase a lot lately. E.g. Procedure to travel is convoluted.
    Used to be very secured jobs, but with recent cuts, things have changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees.
    Promote from within.
    Telecommuting is not a sin, it's the future!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Typical federal culture - micromanagement, but great scientific community to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Natural Resources Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Genuinely caring people with credentials
    Good money, pension and benefits
    Opportunity to lead interesting projects
    Regional location - better than Ottawa

    Cons

    Toxic team leads are not managed - hot potato approach
    Micro-mangement
    Fear of change
    Lots of approval levels
    "This is how we always did it"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen when good people leave - why?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Public Organization

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Natural Resources Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Great organization
     - Excellent compensation and benefits
     - Great way to learn on how governments works
     - Diverse work environment
     - Lots of people with great expertise
     - Great opportunities to move around within organization

    Cons

    - Very competitive environment
     - Challenging to get a job since selection process is very long and complex; however, once you are able to be among the ones to be selected, very good opportunities
     - Very bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Recognizing employees for their efforts, will result in boosting employees morale and motivate them to be engaged and more willing to get involve in contributing to the organization objectives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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