Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada Reviews | Glassdoor

Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
24 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

4.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada Minister Lawrence MacAulay
Lawrence MacAulay
3 Ratings

24 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Good opportunity for graduate students"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Fredericton, NB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Fredericton, NB (Canada)

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good management,
    Good benefits,
    Good work environment

    Cons

    Not be able to provide long term position

    Advice to Management

    N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


  2. "great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people interesting work, A mix of old and new technologies. Lots of stuff to learn. and some interesting projects

    Cons

    None that I can think of. It really was a good place to work,
    None that I can think of. It really was a good place to work,

    Advice to Management

    Plan your budgets out better.

  3. "programmer analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment is really good and encouraging

    Cons

    Learning area is limited sometimes


  4. "My work Experince"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internship in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Internship in London, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The center support innovation, the work environment is very friendly.

    Cons

    I do not think there is any do side in my experience at London Development and Research Center


  5. "A very complex environment"

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

    Pros

    I worked as a scientist for decades. My colleagues were dedicated and competent for the most part. Laboratories were of good to excellent quality, research assistants excellent. We were able to achieve, but at a high personal cost, due to the growing obstacles to science.

    Cons

    Funding was unpredictable even after it was awarded; money promised in April often suddenly vanisned in the fall when some politician wanted it for something else (the science branch was too often like a government piggy bank where they put money temporarily in case the needed it). The leadership has become worse all the time, over 40 years, with red tape and lack of common sense taking over. The promotion and hiring process have been corrupted under the Harper government, which can mean the worst if not corrected. There was always a love-hate relationship between the scientists and the government because the politicians only like the good news, and some of the news is very bad. Canadian food quality has deteriorated a lot, pesticide residues are on the increase (yes, there is now unbearable risks to health). Non sustainable farming practices are approved or tolerated. By year 2010, foreign multinationals started behaving as if they owned Canada. The worst happened under Harper, although the communication channels between scientists and politicians had been effectively destroyed much earlier, circa 1996.
    Systematic undermining of the reputation of the federal research system has been ongoing for decades; it was probably guided by big industry. Decisions to shut off many research areas have been gradually implemented in ways that are in retrospect quite stupid. Pesticides replacing good genetics is what is ongoing now. Oversight of the impact of agricultural pollution and chemicals is inadequate. Greenhouse gas research has been seriously maimed. Ag Canada remains a powerful research institute, but 40 years ago it was #1 in the world. Younger scientists must learn to navigate in a very difficult environment, and they must learn to get involved in society in ways that are not directly perceived as attacking the upper hierarchy, but if they want to fulfill their mandate which is to take care of environmental and health issues besides helping sustainable and profitable farming, the need to talk to each other about their difficult situation, they need to maintain the official ideals, which in practice are not shared by the upper hierarchy. They have to think about their social involvement. Most of the upper hierarchy people have developed a split personality, split between the obedience and kudos they need to offer to politicians infeodated to big industry and multinationals, and the need to fulfill their official mandate in favour of Canadians. Scientists might need to develop a somewhat Machiavelic approach, just to be able to do what the Canadian public expects them to do. There was the Harper period with climatoskeptic oil tycoons pulling the strings in the shadows, ready to destroy public science (they actually destroyed most of the science libraries in Canada, which news media hardly noticed). Damage to the organization is profound.
    Scientists are very popular when they carry good news. Now, the news are not good about our common future, the future of Canada, the future of the planet, and the election of a climatoskeptic south of the border means more trouble ahead. I wish to former colleagues the best; may they develop political intelligence, which becomes necessary, but also, never forget what the public expects from them; otherwise, if they let themselves be destroyed by the dark forces that surround us, they might in the end become completely irrelevant.

    Advice to Management

    a lot of managers must take a science exam, especially if hired under Harper. Reestablish communication with your own scientists, otherwise, you are bound to become like sadistic leaders destroying the life of good scientists. Those who enter science want to act for the benefit of society. Political interference has become unbearable, and contrary to the official goals.


  6. "Internal Auditor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada full-time

    Pros

    nice people and fun work

    Cons

    can be boring at times, not enough feedback

    Advice to Management

    more feedback


  7. "trade policy analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great work-life balance. family oriented

    Cons

    work can be tedious and unfulfilling

  8. "Student Contract"

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment for FSWEP Students

    Cons

    Need more variety in tasks for Students


  9. "Developer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at Agriculture an Agri-Food Canada (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting problems, lots of opportunity for growth and vertical growth among this department and others

    Cons

    Can get slow at times, old technology and poorly maintained code bases can sometimes be difficult to work with.


  10. "AAFC- good place to work-could do better"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NSERC Visiting Fellow in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - NSERC Visiting Fellow in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    State of art technologies and great work ethics

    Cons

    Less knowledge sharing between groups

    Advice to Management

    Should look for ways to retain talents


Showing 24 of 35 reviews
Reset Filters