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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Oct 16, 2019

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Government of Canada CEO Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau
123 Ratings
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  • "The work can be very slow and full of red tape(in 30 reviews)

  • "Work hours, lower pay than private sector(in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Foreign Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for 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.

    Government of Canada2016-12-19
  2. "Great place to work if you like structured environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work with plenty of mobility

    Cons

    Overly rigid hierarchy where process is more important than results

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to take risks

    Government of Canada2018-07-27
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting potential"

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    Current Employee - Director, Operations Management in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ability to work abroad Work with cross-functional groups Rewarding work

    Cons

    Slow and outdated processes Lack of ability to quickly implement new initiatives Work with tools that are not suitable

    Advice to Management

    Need for greater innovation and faster implementation

    Government of Canada2017-12-19
  4. "Meh"

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    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Situations you come across are interesting; Comfortable salary, benefits

    Cons

    Slow, always understaffed, timed breaks

    Government of Canada2017-05-11
  5. "Great learning experience"

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    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada

    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

    Government of Canada2016-12-29
  6. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada

    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)

    Government of Canada2016-02-26
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid"

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    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.

    Government of Canada2015-05-02
  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    Recommends

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    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

    Government of Canada2013-02-05
  9. "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for 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.

    Government of Canada2012-09-05
  10. "Decent, not great"

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    Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    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.

    Government of Canada2011-04-11
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