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Export Development Canada Reviews

Updated Oct 16, 2019

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Export Development Canada CEO Mairead Lavery
Mairead Lavery
4 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent training ground when you’re starting your career with the flexibility to have work-life balance(in 29 reviews)

  • "Work from home option (if allowed)(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "If you are an employee expect a horrible work life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • "Career progression limited unless in Ottawa(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Solid place to work"

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    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

    Export Development Canada2015-05-24
  2. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture. good benefits. Competitive salary

    Cons

    None observed in my time there

    Export Development Canada2019-10-17
  3. "Great Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working environment is great and accommodating to be flexible for a family lifestyle.

    Cons

    Salaries don't keep pace with the private sector. Opportunities for career development are few.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the base pay rates on a more frequent basis to be more competitive with comparable positions in the private sector.

    Export Development Canada2019-10-14
  4. "Excellent work life balancing"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    EDC is a nice place to work with amazing colleagues, great work life balancing and opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, decisions are slow, lots of admin

    Advice to Management

    Get away from that bureaucracy and operate more like a private company

    Export Development Canada2019-09-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Super supportive of family commitments! Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Leaders are too structured and unimaginative.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on empowering staff, not keeping them in their position.

    Export Development Canada2019-08-28
  6. "Great employer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great compensation and work life balance. Company with a Enterprise wide Lean culture.

    Cons

    If you're not part of the core mandate, few challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely enable non core business staff to thrive

    Export Development Canada2019-08-26
  7. "Great Company, But not everything is great under the hood."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Building with amazing Views, Phenomenal opportunity to meet new people and network. Great Benefits. Deal/Customer Focused Teams are phenomenal to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    Internal Projects face serious internal politics, old-fashioned leadership hammers performance. Leaders cannot be held accountable. It is always comes down to the employees. Are constantly being told to pivot which can cause stress. Overtime is not compensated at all, even though your offer letter says so.

    Export Development Canada2019-09-04
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Content Marketing Manager 

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team culture. Lot's of room for growth and change. Awesome variety of work. Smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    At times, things can be slow, but in comparison for working for the gov't - things move fairly quickly!

    Advice to Management

    Keep recruiting smart people & providing room for growth! Love it here.

    Export Development Canada2019-07-26
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Helping Canadian Companies Go, Grow, Succeed Internationally"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst 

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and diverse work opportunities to help the company fullfil its mandate.

    Cons

    Currently no cons to report.

    Export Development Canada2019-07-19
  10. "Great people, competent management, fair amount of learning opportunities."

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    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent training ground when you’re starting your career with the flexibility to have work-life balance.

    Cons

    There’s a lot of processes you have to get accustomed to when you first join.

    Export Development Canada2019-06-25
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