Public Works and Government Services Canada

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Updated May 29, 2015
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  1. Business Support Clerk (2012)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good coworkers and flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Poor management with limited upwards mobility

    Advice to Management

    transparency to staff


  2. Public Works and Government Services Canada

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Clerk in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Clerk in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great personnel
    - Interesting projects
    - Collaborative environment

    Cons

    - Lack of flexibility
    - Lack of transparency of upper managers' intentions


  3. Average experience as Manager could be not experienced

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada

    Pros

    Different categories of field where someone can get experience and there is space to grow. Benefits could be good if you have family.

    Cons

    Benefits are getting worse these days. It could be a challenge to manage well balanced life-family. Many people are retiring so too much to do for few people left.

    Advice to Management

    Management shall hire new people and renew the HR process for hiring because it could be very long to get an offer after passing tests and interview.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The Golden Handcuffs

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent salary, benefits and pretty good security for most staff. If you are bright and a good communicator and can get along with people you stand a good chance of slowly rising through the ranks to a senior position. At the end of it all you get a nice indexed pension. It's possible to get in a sweet position with no staff supervision, but some decision-making authority and just smoothly go through your week. They support compressed work schedules, tele-work and creative self funded leave.

    Cons

    I've been with PWGSC for 15+ years. In some cases they have very poor processes and all sorts of stovepipe structures. Middle managers who are burnt out and floundering. Get in a work unit with a toxic staff and it will affect you, make no mistake. Avoid management if you want to be able to glide through a career with minimal stress. So many idiotic rules.


  6. working in a large federal government department in a technical field

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a place which allows more work life balance, less deadlines, lower stress environment from certain perspectives, a little more flexibility.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development due to budget cuts, lots of red tape and admin which impedes ones ability to do real work. Lack of productivity, lack of incentives, lack of advancement, lots of negativity and gossip due to too much time on people's hands. Plenty of unproductive and unnecessary work and positions just to keep people employed and the economy going.

    Advice to Management

    Take some responsibility and have more guts in taking decisions, stop passing the responsibility from one to another, develop some real metrics to measure performance, output and profitability and feasibility of your operation, stop applying corrective measure across the board, provide more autonomy to people and take the menial tasks off professionals who suppose to do more high value work.


  7. Great opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Analyst in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Analyst in Gatineau, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people (if you manage to work with them), opportunities to get involved in different things like volunteering, working groups etc.,

    Cons

    Some people are frustrating - generational gaps, bureaucracy, adapting to new technology

    Advice to Management

    Invest in quality people


  8. Citizen Service Agent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Citizen Service Agent in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Citizen Service Agent in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing to work with and a lot of internal opportunities for career advancement.
    Pays well

    Cons

    Very restrictive procedurally and in terms of work schedule.

    Advice to Management

    be more flexible for students with schedule


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good salary, boring work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager (Engineering) in Moncton, NB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager (Engineering) in Moncton, NB (Canada)

    I have been working at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great with a salary that is very good. Great benefits for full time employees. Many inside job oportunities for qualified persons.

    Cons

    The work can be boring with long periods of down time due to budget cuts. Hard to advance as you must compete for other positions. Some positions require specialized experience that may only be available in the job your applying for making it nearly impossible to get the position. Although you have yearly advancements there are caps on the salary depending upon your classification.


  10. Helpful (1)

    gov of can

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    holidays, secuirty, breaks, monitoring, compressed schedule

    Cons

    politics, limited growth, provacy, repition, work balance


  11. Helpful (1)

    A department where the Peter Principle forms the core structure.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Projects Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Special Projects Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits and some extra words.

    Cons

    Senior Management afraid to make decisions. Middle management bullying staff. Ridiculous restraints on officers trying to do their job for the Canadian Public.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and ACT on their suggestions. They're the ones doing the work and who understand the problems/issues.



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