Statistics Canada Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Friendly supervisors, flexible hours, very multicultural and understanding coworkers (in 6 reviews)

  • Meaning, good salary range, Education, Health, Life Insurance and other benefits, comfortable working environment as well (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • if you are at lower level, it is hard to lear more new things (in 2 reviews)

  • Might receive a few unpleasant comments from citizens not wanting to fill out the census (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Census Enumerator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great training and support, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Could have a better pay.


  2. Great Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Statistics Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities available for students, very relax work environment and work schedule, the learning opportunities within the company are endless. There's many opportunities to learn new skill which is great for students.

    Cons

    Depending on the department you can have very different opportunities. The complex of buildings and the location is not the greatest.

    Advice to Management

    keep up offering the opportunities to work on tasks that lead to learning many relevant skills. The matrix management style is great.


  3. just looking

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Statistics Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    there is movement in terms of job opportunities

    Cons

    it is a bit far from home


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  5. Co-op Student

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good teams and people

    Cons

    work not challenging enough,


  6. Unreliable hours; micromanaging; cool Co workers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Coworkers and supervisors are mostly friendly; easy job; good starting houray wage

    Cons

    Lack of hours; terrible respondents; lack of security; some people are too serious

    Advice to Management

    Provide people with fixed guaranteed hours.


  7. Stats

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    Former Employee - Subject Matter Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Statistics Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Government salary and benefits. Good central location, and a lot of people work there, so great interdepartmental networking.

    Cons

    Hard to move around, boring subject matter. Depending on your manager, and your division, you could be doing hardly any work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 'fair' competitions and hire the best people, not the people who do best on tests.


  8. Good overall experience

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    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at Statistics Canada part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment in a downtown office. The colleagues are friendly and if any problem comes up, the supervisors are there ready to help. The salary is ok and if working after 5pm, 2 dollars extra/hour.

    Cons

    The working hours are not flexible. For evening shift, you have to work till midnight. At the end of the shift, you just do not feel like talking any more since you have done that for hours. Some people are not willing to take survey and you have to be prepared to deal with that over the phone.


  9. Canadian Government Organization Review

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    Current Employee - Informatics in Ottawa (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Informatics in Ottawa (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Statistics Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Federal employee with all the benefits, work life balance, large organization so can move around, opportunity for lateral job switching, good physical location.

    Cons

    Large Org, Gov't Org, and all that comes with it. HR is mainly a walk through process, following guidelines, I prefer the 'Talent Management' philosophy of HR, identify individuals that are making an active impact on improving the organizations product and processes and enable them.

    Advice to Management

    The challenges faced by your org in regards to HR are no different from other large government and large private sector companies. HR has to be more than following rules and management by spreadsheet. There are a number of highly skilled, motivated and capable employees, find them, support them and promote them. Look for more than the check boxes. In regards to business direction, make strong decisions, in the face of adversity and budget cuts do not attempt to keep doing everything at reduced level, locate the core products and continue to provide them at a recognized world level of quality.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Odd place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Statistics Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was good for being on permanent travel status. Was able to experience various cities for 1-2 months at a time. Very unique experience. Spent minimal time at head office

    Cons

    Working with people who had little care for the well-being of the respondent for our survey - show some love! Moved from BC to Ottawa...mistake. Gov't people at Stats Canada are socially awkward, unhappy, overweight or obese, and have a high divorce rate. Most would not survive in private industry. To be successful in private industry, you either contribute to the success of the company or your poor performance will lead to dismissal from the company. Not a problem in gov't - spend all your time being a depressed, incompetent, unproductive worker and you'll still reap the benefits. Terrible at efficacy and keeping expenses at a minimum - unbelievable waste of taxpayer money. I was very tempted to report these inefficiencies to the media. Red-tape everywhere you go!

    Advice to Management

    While recruiting from across the country for employees on permanent travel status, don't assume that Ottawa is now their hometown. It's not, nor will I ever. Stop micromanaging to the point where it is perceived as a psychological disorder.


  11. Low salary, heavy workload

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    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at Statistics Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, well-known organization, team-work

    Cons

    Low salary (The salary for contractors hasn't been changed since 10 years ago)

    Advice to Management

    It is important to have reasonable expectations from data collectors.



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