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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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  • Lots of Red Tape and you get a lot of nos (in 20 reviews)

  • Decision-making is not as fast paced as in the private sector (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "There is lots of red tape and the work is very process oriented. There really is no room for innovation or creativity."

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

    Pros

    The main pros are stability of income and other benefits such as dental care and extended benefits such as chiropractic care.

    Cons

    The mains cons involve unstimulating work and a work environment where conformity is necessary in order to advance. It's very rigid.

    Advice to Management

    It is necessary to appreciate different types of people and skill sets rather get require the person to fit into a mold of preexisting traits.


  2. "census data collector"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada as a contractor

    Pros

    job security, compensation and health benefits

    Cons

    lack of jobs and advertising

    Advice to Management

    Create jobs for scientific professionals

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Officer"

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    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    interesting work very diverse workload

    Cons

    use to be pension not anymore
    micro management everywhere

    Advice to Management

    stop hiring friends and yes managers


  4. "Corrections"

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Prince Albert, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Nurse in Prince Albert, SK (Canada)

    Pros

    Decent wages, good work scheduling

    Cons

    bitter coworkers - power hungry insecure losers, bad management, not enough staff to handle the workload


  5. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Stable, great benefits, well-paid for my job duties.

    Cons

    Specialized, not working in accounting.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Canadian Commercial Corporation = Boy's Club"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Union, OK pay and benefits

    Cons

    Huge Boy's Club. Favoritism like I've never seen before. If you aren't the type to kiss up, you better be satisfied with sitting in a corner and watching those that do get the perks. Poor Management and HR for sure...

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not recommended"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was lured to join. Did so against my better judgement. No pros that I can think of.

    Cons

    My career was stunted. Was discriminated, marginalized, harassed and bullied. My skills, education and talent were never utilized. Broken promises all around by management.

  8. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Most of co-workers are friendly and helpful. A lot of trainings provided. Reasonably good and safe work environment. New IT equipment provided on a regular basis (every two-three years).

    Cons

    All rules and corporate behaviour determined not by guidelines but by managers. Very subjective approach. Changes are unpredictable. Morale climate is very low.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "information technology services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, various projects, and that's it!

    Cons

    Stifling creativity, too slow to respond to changes in technology, poor leadership, lead by example.

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader, mentor your people to achieve success, do not only look at the budget as a way to build teams.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "If money is the only motivator, then the GoC is for you."

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    Former Contractor - Policy Analyst and Researcher in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Policy Analyst and Researcher in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Spacious offices, good salary, benefits, more life than work, lots of socializing in the atrium.

    Cons

    - Little chance for moving up the ranks if you enter at the lower levels
    - Favouritism for professional development and training (the French outnumber here in terms of opportunities)
    - Older staff members take credit for the work of the younger ones

    Advice to Management

    Take performance management and measurement seriously. It is obvious to all that career mobility depends on how you look rather than what you can do.


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