Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Jan 22, 2021

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Government of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau
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  • "Some challenges with bureaucracy and red tape(in 37 reviews)

  • "Compensation at mid level executive is not competitive with private sector(in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunity to get into the governement"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Student Job 

    I worked at Government of Canada part-time

    Pros

    Great job, not hard and they're very flexible on your schedule as a student

    Cons

    Absolutely no benefits as a student, contractor.

  2. "Executive Assistant to the ADM"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, work-life balance, fair hours

    Cons

    Most people working there are disorganized and do not have well established work ethic


  3. "Canadian Heritage"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great and experienced team - Creative team

    Cons

    - Changements due to politics

  4. "Great place to work if you like structured environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting potential"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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  6. "Meh"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    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

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Foreign Service"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  8. "Great learning experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    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

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  9. "Senior Financial Analyst"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    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

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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