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City of Ottawa Reviews

Updated January 9, 2018
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Pros
  • good pay, especially for students (in 8 reviews)

  • Offered really good benefits and was able to transfer to other positions after (eg (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • This opportunities does not have an option to transfer to full time (in 7 reviews)

  • Working with the public is difficult, sometimes personal safety can be an issue (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Descent pay as a summer camp counsellor

    Cons

    Very positive experience while working here


  2. "Assistant Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Ottawa full-time

    Pros

    Given the City's size, Engineer's are expected to have a working knowledge and skill set for various Civil components including: Land Development, Traffic Optimization, Capital Improvement Projects. Assignments and responsibilities remain fluid forcing skill adaptation. Will never have the same day twice.

    Cons

    May be limited for advancement. Like many government entities, the ability to "move up" is limited to available positions/titles which are usually occupied by members for extended periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Continue being the supportive force behind staff. That support is much needed when constituents often do not recognize the effort.

  3. "Best Job I've Ever Had"

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

    I have been working at City of Ottawa part-time

    Pros

    great for students
    good pay- raises upon review

    Cons

    hard to get full time (recreation)


  4. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    promotion is hard to come by - language reqs


  5. "Excellent Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Ottawa full-time

    Pros

    Flexible and easy going if you get the right department.

    Cons

    Way too many layers of management cause confusion and reduce efficiency.


  6. "Retired trainer and supervisor of 14 stall"

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    Former Employee - Business Applications Support Specialist and Trainer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Applications Support Specialist and Trainer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Ottawa (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sharing environment with colleagues, opportunities to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Too many levels in the hierarchy to work efficiently and deliver the services.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to front line staff...they know how it works.


  7. "Lots going for it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Ottawa full-time

    Pros

    The City tries to do right by its employees. It has in place all of the training and other programs that help provide a supportive environment. However, like all workplaces, your job satisfaction will depend a good deal on the working relationship with your immediate supervisor and colleagues, and this can vary considerably. Generally, I found management encouraged people to seek other opportunities if they helped you to fulfill your career path, and there are lots of such within a corporation of 15,000 employees.

    Cons

    As a politically driven organization, the direction of and financial support for your work can vary drastically between terms of council and even year over year. If you are in a policy shop, this means feast or famine. You're relatively safe from this if your job directly faces the public and delivers front-line services. Otherwise, all strategic, policy, and planning type positions are very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep plugging away.

  8. "One of the best places to gain adequate Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Ottawa full-time

    Pros

    Motivated work environment. Community Engagement

    Cons

    Not any available at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "general"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Ottawa full-time

    Pros

    the city of Ottawa is one of the best employers in the country, they have a great pension systems also and good benefits

    Cons

    working at the city of Ottawa is limited by definition to the city of Ottawa so there are no opportunities to travel


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at City of Ottawa part-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and health care. Low % of turnover rate.

    Cons

    I must enter at least 5 words ... Well.. nothing to say .. Great place to work.


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