Statistics Canada Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
41 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good overall experience

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

    I worked at Statistics Canada part-time for 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.

    Recommends
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    Great environment for work

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

    I have been working at Statistics Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone at Statistics Canada was really friendly and helpful. I was able to learn a lot about data analysis and improve my technical skills as well. The work schedule was really flexible as long as you work your hours. Very nice work life balance.

    Cons

    The work might not be the most interesting at times. Decision making and work progress was relatively slow as expected of a government organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Complicated census operations managed as well as can be expected

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    Former Employee - 2011 Census Crew Leader  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - 2011 Census Crew Leader in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Statistics Canada as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great salary, flexible work hours, good level of autonomy and responsibility, high level of departmental integrity, great efforts made to ensure proper training (though boring)

    Cons

    Nature of census (complicated operations, new personnel, changing protocols) is such that everyone is groping their way through the dark a little, supervisors often did not have answers to challenges faced by lower level employees

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Odd place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Statistics Canada full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Canadian Government Organization Review

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    Current Employee - Informatics  in  Ottawa (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Informatics in Ottawa (South Africa)

    I have been working at Statistics Canada full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Low salary, heavy workload

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

    I worked at Statistics Canada full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    It is important to have reasonable expectations from data collectors.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great Pay and Flexibility

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    Current Employee - Interviewer - Data Gathering  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Interviewer - Data Gathering in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Statistics Canada as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great job experience for students in a public institution.

    Cons

    Only contract work, faily short >1year

    Recommends
  9.  

    great summer job for a student

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    Current Employee - Census Enumerator  in  Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Census Enumerator in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Statistics Canada as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    decent summer job. ability to get lots of hours if you are a good producer

    Cons

    very disorganized. flying by the seat of their pants. for something that has happened before and has a fixed timeline they really have no clue what they are doing. like all government work management is not accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    become more efficient, figure out what you are doing, don't constantly change the "rules", and get software that works properly

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Statistics Clerk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Statistics Canada

    Pros

    Pretty good money for type of work.

    Cons

    If you don't speak french then you will be treated badly. Only hires through hiring pools leaving good workers out of luck.

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    Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Statistics Canada full-time

    Pros

    They pay real money every two weeks

    Cons

    For being bored to tears while sitting in a cubicle for 8 hrs a day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage!

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