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CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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  1. "Marketing Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Genuine enthusiasm for promoting Canada from many employees
    Many excellent dedicated employees at the project level with huge experience and skills
    Insight into government budgets and operations
    Insight into cross country-province-city politics
    Opportunity to interact with small business owners who create tourism revenue

    Cons

    Favoritism is rampant.
    Roles and responsibilities are changed on management whims.
    Lack of planning and long-term program vision. Strategy changes every year but remains the same.
    Very top heavy management.
    Rotten corporate culture: values are subject to personal interpretation.
    Vendors treated badly.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fostering your teams and projects, rather than obsessing about increasing your influence, using your role as a launchpad to something better and getting your budget to within 1% of total year-end spend so that you get a bonus. It's all taxpayer money after all and the compensation is already great.


  2. "Horrible Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good salary plus government employee benefits

    Cons

    They treat their employees like crap whenever they want

    Advice to Management

    Figure out why so many people working there are so unhappy

  3. "Churn, churn, churn..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Writer in North Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Writer in North Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary was excellent, enjoyed commuting downtown on bike. Nice people working in a challenging environment.

    Cons

    Seems top heavy with management; everyone obsessed with their various performance reviews and 'balanced scorecards.' Many of the people I know who used to work there have either been let go or moved on. Change was the only constant; too bad, tourism is a critical growth industry for Canada. Official bilingualism could add several days to getting things done on time, but this was due to the heavy workload for the translators. Note: NOT a defined benefit pension!

    Advice to Management

    Utilize more people from the actual tourism industry, not just other Crown corp staff.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Admin Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful office and tons of perks

    Cons

    Disconnect between management and lower level employees, excessive amount of work, unrealistic expectations, too many projects going on at the same time. Very complex and time consuming policies for travel and expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to actually know what people have on their plate, hire more people


  5. "Not a destination for your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great subject matter (Canada vacations)

    Cons

    Appalling senior management, from VPs to almost all executive directors. Unbelievably top heavy organization


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) full-time

    Pros

    Great place to get NTO Experience

    Cons

    High turnover, low morale in staff


  7. "Global Marketing Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Team and Innovative environment

    Cons

    Hard to deal with government budget cut

    Advice to Management

    Provide more "positive" feedback

  8. "great place to work, creative, positive experience, enthusiastic people"

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

    I worked at CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    pure Marketing organization. Driven to get results. Open to creative thinking

    Cons

    Crown corporation so government rules apply


  9. "Working for the CTC is one of the best jobs in the world."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Canadian Tourism Commission represents the No. 1 Country Brand in the world. The level of commitment in very high on the team to all levels and there are many satisfactions to work with the Canadian travel industry.

    Cons

    There are not much possibilities for grouth when you work overseas. Small teams make us work long hours during some seasons.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if the Canadian Tourism Commission develops a carrier plan for overseas employees including some time in Head Quarters