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Environment Canada Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in North York, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in North York, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environment Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience as a co-op student, I had the opportunity to work with many post-doctoral fellows and publish research. I gained a lot of valuable skills from doing many different chemistry techniques, and was given the opportunity to learn more in the field of analytical/environmental research. My supervisor was fantastic, as well as the team that I had worked with.

    Cons

    Usually I see that only co-op, masters or phd students are hired here. Therefore it may be hard to find work after graduating. Also, your experience may depend a lot on your supervisor and how much opportunities they may want to give you. Consequently, you may have a great experience or a bad one - so it may be good to enquire about what kind of responsibilities you may expect in the position during the interview or upon getting hired.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work of giving students an opportunity to get research experience, and possibly provide funding for supervisors to hire graduates as well.


  2. "Professional and collegial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Worked with a team of very smart professionals. The level of support and knowledge sharing was phenomenal. A great team, thanks, in no small part to a manager who doesn't over-manage; gives direction, not orders; supports her team without constantly looking over their shoulders.

    Cons

    Senior management don't always seem to understand what the learning and development team does, or how instructional development works. But, to be honest, I don't think that's too different for any learning and development shop. This team does such a good job that it probably has senior management convinced that it's much easier than it really is.

    Advice to Management

    To the team's manager: keep doing what you're doing.
    To senior management: be aware that this team is doing amazing work, and that it isn't anywhere near as ready or straightforward as it may Spratt when you see the finished product.


  3. "Coop student"

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    Current Employee - Coop Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coop Student in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good supervisors and interesting projects to work on that reflect area of study at school. Freedom to pick and choose projects

    Cons

    The government is tough to deal with especially when there is an issue with pay. Complaints go into cyber space and take forever to get resolved

    Advice to Management

    The management does a good job providing interesting projects and helpful advice. Not too much to suggest as they do as much as they have the freedom too.


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  5. "Very good"

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

    Pros

    Great people and great pleace to work

    Cons

    This is a great place to work there are no cons

    Advice to Management

    get more budget


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great short term work for students. Very friendly supervisors and co-workers.

    Cons

    Compartmentalize. Restrictive learning experience and development within your duties.


  7. "What you might expect from government work."

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    Current Employee - Meteorologist in Gander, NL (Canada)
    Current Employee - Meteorologist in Gander, NL (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environment Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent compensation, great benefits, solid job security, imput as to what major Canadian city you want to work at.

    Cons

    The payroll system ... good God what a nightmare. Salary increase at management levels aren't worth the extra work.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the payroll system.


  8. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good hours, nice people, and

    Cons

    Not ambitious enough for my taste

    Advice to Management

    Stop being lazy. Taking taxpayers money to be lazy is not the way to serve your country.


  9. "Not challenging"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environment Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many interdepartmental collaborations on a diverse set of projects. The centre for inland waters are primarily run by students, so it's a plus if you are an intern.

    Cons

    Work usually isn't challenging, a lot of mundane work. Leadership on some projects lacking and some of the project leaders do not have any vision on where the project is going for the next few years.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get rid of people who add no value to the organization.


  10. "Interesting, challenging environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting topics, lots of opportunities within the organization, unbeatable benefits

    Cons

    Government environment (slow, bureaucratic, difficult hiring practices, lack of leadership)


  11. "Research Affiliate Program (RAP)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Environment Canada (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mentors and lots of opportunity to do good work. The pay is good and benefits are excellent. Environment Canada is well respected nationally and internationally and they have top-notch scientists.

    This is a top choice for graduate students looking for industry liaisons and co-ops.

    A high-standard is expected.

    Cons

    If you want something done, it is generally going to take a long time. The process of becoming an employee takes a long time and has a lot of forms to fill out. For instance, I had to provide all the addresses at which I lived for the last 8 years (which was a lot).

    Because it is a government organization, you are not privy to much information of the goings on.

    Advice to Management

    This organization is large and complex. Therefore management is complex. No advice here.


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