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"Great working environment for scientists and professionnals"

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Current Employee - Research Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Research Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Great challenges, good benefits. Truly multi-cultural experience.

Cons

Salary below private sector. Very bureaucratic (frustrating) environment.

Advice to Management

Stop micro-managing and don't get on the political bandwagon. Be transparent and open.

Other Employee Reviews for Government of Canada

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    "Analyst at Government of Canada"

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    Former Employee - Socio-economic Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Socio-economic Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In general, the government focuses on "process" so if you're results-driven, it may be difficult to adapt to the work environment. Take things slowly and follow the rules.

    It is an ideal position for someone who wants to have predictable work hours e.g. mothers who want to take care of their children. Another nice thing is that you know your paycheque is safe; although there are no bonuses nor perks, you get paid bi-weekly on time.
    I liked the stability, independence, defined-benefit pensions, and health-care benefits.

    Cons

    I frown at ineffective ways of doing work that's been engrained through generations and generations of government workers. For instance, booking a business trip can easily be done by individual workers, but the government makes its workers make reservations through a third-party private company (i.e. American Express), which just wastes time and resources.

    I also didn't like lack of horizontal and vertical mobility. People tend to stay where they are. Many career opportunities do get posted internally, but they often have restrictions such as "you can only apply if you're within 100 km of a certain city" that make it impossible to move up to another position or move across to another department.

    Advice to Management

    Please devote more time to providing feedbacks to your team rather than getting lost amidst paper-shuffling.


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    "Stable but bureacratic. Worth the pension"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Pension and benefits are very good with a good work-life balance. There is ample job security even though some departments are laying people off at the moment

    Cons

    Low morale
    Progression to Management is sometimes based on how long you've been there instead of skills at leading people

    Advice to Management

    Don't micro-manage

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