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Export Development Canada Employee Reviews about "work from home"

Updated Oct 23, 2019

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3.8
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Export Development Canada President and CEO Mairead Lavery
Mairead Lavery
12 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent training ground when you’re starting your career with the flexibility to have work-life balance(in 31 reviews)

  • "Work from home option (if allowed)(in 15 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. Helpful (1)

    "Work in EDC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Engineer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Great benefit. Flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Big company. Some managers made irresponsible decisions to use external consulting service and buy commercial systems. Then EDC has to spend more money to hire consultant to get the work done.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be accountable for the decisions they make. Otherwise, it's waste of time and money.

    Export Development Canada2019-10-24
  2. "Great work culture, but unstable environment"

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    Former Contractor - Digital Marketing Manager 

    I worked at Export Development Canada

    Pros

    Work/life balance, work from home days, in-house gym and fitness classes, employee events and activities, cross-team opportunities

    Cons

    Unstable management, management decisions change/fluctuate too frequently without long-term considerations

    Export Development Canada2019-04-12
  3. "Toxic Culture"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Export Development Canada for less than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful facilities. State of the art tooling. Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    In my 20 year career EDC was by far The worst work environment I have ever experienced. The employees are scared of management thereby forcing poor decisions based on political fears. Employees undermining each other at every step. Working in the marketing department felt like working within a highschool clique. Corporately EDC takes a very dehumanizing approach to HR situations. If you are an employee expect a... horrible work life balance. I would not recommend working at EDC, ever!

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    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve. Listen to them and make major changes to ensure they are happy.

    Export Development Canada2019-02-20
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Financing team and in general"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work, you will learn every day. Travel opportunities Excellent leave and health benefits package Work from home On-site gym Location within Ottawa

    Cons

    Training and carreer development plans are absent Lots favouritism and politics leading often to non-sense promotions. HR are just here to support management, they are not there for employees. Worklife balance is unpredictable. (Although better than what it used to be) Pension is neutral: a DC plan. Others crown corporation were good enough to revert to a DB plan to retain employees. Not here Quality of new... hires is on a downhill There are so much change happening these days that it’s becoming very bureaucratic. Processes are very heavy. Place is packed with consultants who manage projects after projects with no signs of improvement.

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    Advice to Management

    Build carreer plans with your employees and stick to it. Promote logically and eliminate favouritism Improve recognition Consider switching the pension back to a DB plan Bring back the “fun & cool” feeling of working at EDC

    Export Development Canada2018-12-15
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, work from home, nice gym, good recycling, great building.

    Cons

    Ridiculous targets, weak Executive team, lack of focus or direction, slow decisions due to multiple layers of approval, poor corporate climate

    Advice to Management

    Setting targets is not a strategy. It’s just the desired outcome.

    Export Development Canada2018-08-14
  6. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    -ability to work from home -compensation

    Cons

    -can be difficult to move up

    Export Development Canada2018-04-18
  7. Helpful (11)

    "Used to be a good place to work 5+ yrs ago."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the teams are great to work with. Most of the people I worked with were hardworking and a lot of fun. However, the leadership team over the past few years have really changed the culture. It's really place now of top down, this is how it's done attitude. There have been a lot of changes, they are outsourcing and using consultants and getting rid of employees. It's a shame as it was a great place to work... but when an opportunity came, even though it was less money, I happy to get out before the bubble burst. Gym onsite Work from home option (if allowed)

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    Cons

    SVP and Leadership are ruining this company. CEO is going to leave EDC as an empty shell of what was once a great company. Benefits and pension are subpar

    Advice to Management

    Find new leadership team.

    Export Development Canada2018-01-30
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good place that is slowly turning to be the nightmare."

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    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Central location, possibility to work from home (requires permission)

    Cons

    On the first hand EDC looks like an open minded and nice environment to work: nice building, clean environment.... But once you got on board, you work is slowly turning to be the nightmare. Management is quietly getting under your skin. They want to know everything about you and later to use this knowledge against you. Company quietly laying off full time employees and replacing them with contractors.... Contractors assigned multiple projects, very often doing the work that was done by 3 or 4 people before. Yes, EDC allows to work from home, but having so much work to do, you have to work not paid overtimes to return this favor. If you consider employment at EDC, I would think twice.

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    Export Development Canada2018-02-09
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Culture and work life balance"

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    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.

    Export Development Canada2017-08-16
  10. "Good"

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     in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    High turnover in some department

    Export Development Canada2017-04-06
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