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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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  • Pigeon holed and not able to be innovative due to managerial red tape (in 19 reviews)

  • Decision-making is not as fast paced as in the private sector (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "A great nine to five job but not a good place to have a career unless you're a diplomat."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacations but not much room for movement.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic with lots of egos.

    Advice to Management

    Assistants are people too.


  2. "Decent, not great"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Very secure job, clear compensation package, great PTO

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, complicated rules about special leave provisions, beurocratic, slow responses to inqueries

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better, make clear decisions before releasing a policy, ensure you consider all possible scenarios.


  3. "Great learning experience"

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

    Pros

    -Everyone at the office were incredibly approachable
    -Great learning experience, dipping your toes into government work

    Cons

    -Tasks were mundane
    -Limited opportunities for future development

    Advice to Management

    -Paying interns in the future
    -Have a more structured internship program


  4. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Situations you come across are interesting; Comfortable salary, benefits

    Cons

    Slow, always understaffed, timed breaks


  5. "Foreign Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Extensive travel, interesting files, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of promotion opportunities, slow moving.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to fire non-performance and enable strong performers to advance faster.


  6. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Good teammates, solid learning experience, get to meet people from all over Canada, great work life balance, easy-going culture in most departments

    Cons

    have to learn and use two languages for everything, a ton of red tape to get anything done, limited focus on creativity, very bureaucratic and political, little value-added

    Advice to Management

    lose control, be more open to divesting responsibilities, be more open to hiring the best, relax language requirements, find ways to dismantle the union (really cutting down on motivation)


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    You'll never get fired. Many people work 10-4, so you'll have an excellent work/life balance. But you really should read the cons section...

    Cons

    Terrible starting pay, unintelligent coworkers, IT practices from the last century (waterfall development!), days spent supporting legacy applications (remember X/Motif?), and there's absolutely no institutional will to improve.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best employer for work-life balance, opportunities in every major city"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good pay, excellent benefits, overall a great place to work if you are good at following orders and don't mind bureacracy

    Cons

    stifled creativity, very difficult to get buy-in from senior staff concerning change management


  9. "Programmer - Government of Canada"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, pay, benefits, and job satisfaction.
    Outstanding management.

    Cons

    Job can be a little boring at times. Bureaucracy and regulations slow things down, which is true of all Government work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on truckin'


  10. "Speechwriter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Public-sector oriented work, wide variety of positions.

    Cons

    Substantial process to research, create and get work approvals.


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