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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated December 19, 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. "Interesting potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Operations Management in New York, NY
    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 (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    Slow and outdated processes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


  2. 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.

  3. "Passable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits and job security

    Cons

    Not a merit based system, it is purely seniority based


  4. "Security... Pension... Some benefits"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pockets of innovation, job security, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Political influences, lack of clear project direction, complete disregard for merit-based promotion, unclear performance metrics, legacy thinking, legacy software, and systems.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage merit-based job progression, not simply about how many years your butt is in the seat. Work on projects for the benefit of all Canadians.


  5. "Slow"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada as an intern

    Pros

    Relaxing work environment, friendly people

    Cons

    Very slow, little work to do.


  6. "Govt Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you can manage to seek full-time employment status, you can get some job security. Great benefits but this comes at a price to the Govt.

    Cons

    If you want to seek employment within the Canadian Government, be very patient! The process is long and very bureaucratic in comparison to the private sector

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your hiring processes!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Unless you have to... stay away from the government"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay compared to private sector, excellent benefits, family and work life balance. Pension!

    Cons

    Awful work environment. Bureaucracy is absolutely ridiculous. Everything is about budgets and we are expendable. Management is awful in most places and I've done quite a few Departments so this is not just based off one place. They seem to promote micromanagers and idiots in middle-management.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to upper management... quit promoting the problem employees to mid-management positions. We are the ones getting stuck working under them!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "disposable"

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

    Pros

    good pay for the work you do

    Cons

    they dont care about contract workers. you're disposable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Science in Federal Government"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits - pension, medical and dental, sick leave are on par with what would be available in private industry.

    Cons

    Respect for professionalism/scientific rigour is systemically lacking; salary is less than what would earn at equivalent responsibility level in industry.


  10. "salary review"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    the benefits are good somewhat

    Cons

    YOu are only a number. No chance for advancement


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