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Export Development Canada Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Export Development Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Benoit Daignault
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  • They promote a healthy work-life balance, but this is not true in practice (in 3 reviews)

  • Salaries are not great, but understandable given that it is a crown corporation, they cannot pay as much as the private sector (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Solid place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    People believe in the mandate of the organization (supporting Canadian exporters).
    Great benefits, work life balance.
    Full of smart people that work hard.

    Cons

    Obsession with newest trend (lean, management systems, etc) without understanding implications.
    Low turnover.
    Less than inspiring leadership in some areas.
    Reduced upward mobility if you don't have finance/insurance background.

    Advice to Management

    Force a little more turnover. Hold your leaders accountable


  2. "Culture and work life balance"

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

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Great development opportunities and work life balance. Beautiful building and good benefits (work from home, onsite gym, open work spaces with lots of light, provide phone and laptop, annual bonus, health spending account, start 3 weeks vacation with downtime over Christmas holidays).

    Cons

    Only 6 month mat leave top up. Recent shift in culture. Looking to do more with less, but adding layers of process.

    Advice to Management

    Striving to achieve potentially unattainable goals will have an impact on company culture.

  3. "Excellent Student Experience"

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

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Excellent mentorship and networking opportunities with numerous industry experts both in and out of the CSR team. Great corporate culture and friendly non-intimidating atmosphere. Nice high-performance environment and great training plan for new students.

    Cons

    No extension of contract and no entry level role within the Corporate Social Responsibility team. However, positions in other teams are available.


  4. "EDC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everything, work life balance, energy, the people

    Cons

    Its a crown corporation, which by default has limitations


  5. "Financing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, Pension plan, free onsite gym, bridgehead downstairs, LEED building.

    Cons

    Can no longer be truthful and instead must pretend to believe in corporate mindset and objectives. Performance objectives ring hollow, with entire focus on top-down communication.

    Advice to Management

    The focus must be placed on the exporters and their needs, including consulting and information sharing, and less on meeting sales objectives.


  6. "Great culture and people"

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

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have been at EDC for the past 8 eights. People are respectful and friendly and above all, many are highly enthusiastic about working here. The ability to make a difference for Canadian exporters is an important motivator. Although it is a crown corporation, attitudes are much more dynamic and less bureaucratic than is the norm in real government departments. Finally, the international orientation of the organization is a real draw for people who enjoy learning about the world.

    Cons

    The organization continues to go through lots of change: Enterprise Risk Management and technological transformations are just some examples. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to keep it simple when communicating about all these complex initiatives.


  7. "Good but not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic new HQ downtown Ottawa, fully equipped. Great mission statement which attracts high quality people.

    Cons

    Senior management is part of a small clique, and it is hard to get places if you don't drink the coolaid. They promote a healthy work-life balance, but this is not true in practice.

    Advice to Management

    You work hard to recruit young ambitious professionals, but do not offer much in terms of professional development opportunities and support.

  8. "Regional Manager Mexico"

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    Current Employee - Regional Manager Mexico in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Regional Manager Mexico in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pure business development role, with lots of customer interaction.

    Cons

    Oftentimes seems very far from the centre of the organization in ottawa, who have little appreciation for the reality on the ground.


  9. "Good"

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

    I have been working at Export Development Canada (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Flexibility to work from home
    Gym in the building/ Gym allowance

    Cons

    High turnover in some department


  10. Helpful (1)

    "So much polishing to keep the toilet top flashy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working from home, laid back environment

    Cons

    As one other reviewer mentioned, this place is for people who can't land a job elsewhere ore want to retire with fat pension. Its all about suck ups and who you know at here. If you are a regular joe who can't get your 'group', forget it. Yes they have 'good' policies on top but that's just a show off.

    Seniority, heavily group-based and projects left and right to keep people relevant and important in the 'workspace'

    Advice to Management

    Encourage a learning environment to keep everyone on same table. Push for a healthy and open environment by example and ensure politics and small talk have zero place in work place


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