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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Jason Kenney
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  1. "Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very positive institutional culture. Much more dynamic and goal oriented than certain other federal departments.

    Cons

    Remains a very large bureaucracy with the inevitable issues that comes with it.

    Advice to Management

    Relocating offices from a central location to the middle of nowhere is unpleasant.


  2. "Review"

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

    I worked at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mellow and chill work environment

    Cons

    Not very exciting but that's okay


  3. "CIC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The government pays the best salary in this town.

    Cons

    As long as u go in thinking you are working in Corrections Canada instead of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, you should be OK. though after a couple of contracts u will feel like avoiding the place !
    disgusting levels of harassment.


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  5. "Work place review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Protocol Officer in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria)
    Current Employee - Protocol Officer in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Citizenship and Immigration Canada full-time

    Pros

    Equal opportunity employers
    International best practice
    seasoned managers and government officials
    Decent and effective working environment

    Cons

    Limited departments to explore

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. "Support Services Agent - Casual"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citizenship and Immigration Canada full-time

    Pros

    Easy busy work with mostly a good group of coworkers. Day goes by fast.

    Cons

    Not very challenging. They value speed over accuracy. Employees are directed to work as fast as possible in order to meet their stats. Inconsistent direction given to employees - ask 3 managers the same question and you'll get 3 different answers. Main concern is actually getting your salary. A new employee often waits up to 8 weeks (more if you are unlucky) for the first pay. And with their new Phoenix system, many employees are not receiving their salary or the correct salary and good luck getting an ROE once you are finished your casual or term employment! Be prepared for many hours of calling their pay centre!

    Advice to Management

    Place more importance on training to keep consistency and more value on quality over speed. Fix your pay system!


  7. "Government work"

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    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Citizenship and Immigration Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, generally likeable colleagues, allows for work-life balance, travel opportunities on occasion, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    The work itself is mundane, unchallenging, and you know that you are contributing absolutely nothing to society or to your own growth as a human being. If you want a deeply fulfilling career, look elsewhere, but if you prioritize life outside of work, then this will allow you to pursue other interests while affording you job and financial security

    Advice to Management

    none to give. government is government. Managers vary in quality, but ultimately no one can make a difference within the lurching machine of bureaucracy.


  8. "Good experience, must be a self-starter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citizenship and Immigration Canada full-time

    Pros

    Great location in beautiful ottawa. Colleagues in my team were friendly but mostly lacked passion. The feeling was that they felt secure to have a job with nice benefits not being passionate about their work

    Cons

    passion is not rewarded. considered an anomaly. you have to do everything with the highest degree of accountability to the process, and procedures. no room to think outside the box.

    Advice to Management

    get vested in employees and direct subordinates, get to know them. that way you will find out what makes them tick and inspire them to be passionate about the work.


  9. "The most dynamic Canadian federal department"

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

    Pros

    By far the most passionate, engaging work I've been involved with since I've been a public servant. Excellent opportunities, travel, promotion, growth, training.

    Cons

    As with all public sector jobs, you have to contend with a certain amount of bureaucracy.


  10. "Communications Officer/Advisor/Strategist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Citizenship and Immigration Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, lots of support from management.

    Cons

    Spending is based on annual budget and can be frustrating with bureaucratic changes. Jason Kenney was not the most ideal Minister.

    Advice to Management

    More long term plans.


  11. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome colleagues, great team lead. I like so far

    Cons

    None so far except in order to be promoted for higher positions, it's a competition based.



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