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Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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  1. "Policy Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada full-time

    Pros

    Dealing with international issues; overall nice colleagues with international backgrounds; good work-life balance (unless urgent deadlines). Many people come and work here out of a true sense of idealism. This could be an amazing workplace, if ongoing HR and management issues would finally be addressed.

    Cons

    Human Resources is an absolute nightmare. Management is frequently incapable of delegating tasks and rewarding talent. Officers do all the heavy lifting for much less money, less recognition and fewer advancement opportunities. Networking still seems to be more decisive for promotions than merit and hard work. Language criteria are unrealistic given the lack of access to full time language training.

    Advice to Management

    Reintroduce fair and transparent promotion exercises; otherwise people will lose motivation or leave. Introduce 360 reviews to allow officers to rate management - rigid hierarchy does not assist those that work hardest. The best people will leave for places that offer fairer, more transparent advancement opportunities...


  2. "Development Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Do get to work on some interesting projects since you are working for Global Affairs Canada. Do have opportunities to travel, meet different people and learn more about different countries.

    Cons

    The payroll system is a complete mess and does not show any signs of improvement.

  3. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity for mobility every few years, both in position and geography, allows new learning opportunities. The nature of the work attracts highly skilled and committed professionals.

    Cons

    Increasingly centralized and bureaucratic, and management tends to be secretive, which is disempowering for staff. There seems to be little trust in staff, with multiple layers or oversight, which can produce mediocre products.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate downwards and hold your managers accountable for their actions.


  4. "Great team, great benefits, innovative"

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    Current Employee - Visual Designer in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Visual Designer in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work on innovative applications and projects.

    Cons

    Cubicle life, but working remotely is an option.


  5. "Difficult to get indeterminate status"

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    Current Employee - Trade Commissioner in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Trade Commissioner in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues and you are able to work on very interesting files. Good work/life balance(for the most part)

    Cons

    Like any government job, there is a ridiculous amount of process. It is also very difficult to get an indeterminate position.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the probationary period to test potential employees. Stop abusing term appointments


  6. "Interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to travel the world and experience different culture depending on the position you have

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy that makes difficult to work


  7. "Mat leave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay nice people, learned a lot

    Cons

    bilingualism is destroying our economy

  8. "Graphic Designer Creative Services"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer Contractor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer Contractor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    No stability unless you are full time.

    Advice to Management

    Open up positions


  9. "mailroom"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    always challenging, decent pay, some good people work there.

    Cons

    Management does not listen to staff. Created a "Management clique" that causes resentment by staff.

    Advice to Management

    Work on breaking down the existing separation between management and staff. Too often, a double standard applies.


  10. "Junior Program Officer"

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    Former Employee - Junior Program Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Program Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - flexible with hours I worked as long as I clocked in 22 hours a week
    - great environment
    - learn a lot (important as I was a student at the time)

    Cons

    - need a pretty high level security check/clearance which can take a while if you've moved a lot or traveled a lot
    - contract time was short (cut even shorter by the time it took to get security check completed)

    Advice to Management

    Factor in the security check clearance time earlier or extend length of contract so that it doesn't impact the work period length.


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