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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated May 13, 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. 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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "census"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You are able to make your own schedule which is very flexible a long as you put in the minimum hours per week.

    Cons

    limited to the amount of hours worked within a week

    Advice to Management

    Let those people who want to get the work done go and do it


  7. "Decent job if you like being told what to do"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is above minimum wage.
    Ability to grow your career.
    Benefits after 6 months.

    Cons

    No room for shared ideas, or opinions.
    So much red tape, and people in control who have constricted views on how things should be done.
    Not much room to learn more, very repetitive, and monotonous tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open with employees. Respect their opinions.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, toxic management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are wonderful and care about what they do. If you have kids or family, the benefits are great, if you are single, without kids, you basically get the short end of the stick stuck working more (to cover those that take time off to take family to doctor's appt etc) and are stuck working over the najor holidays. Salary and work/life balance for junior level employees are excellent. Mid to senior level are in line with the private sector. Opportunities to attend training courses (depending on the department's budget) is made available to employees. Travel is minimal at all levels. If you are employed in Ottawa vs. the rest of Canada, you generally get paid at a classification higher then regional counterparts, and have less work to do.

    Cons

    The 2014 Public Service Employment Survey identified a number of serious issues public servants felt needed to be addressed:
    1. Employee Harassment;
    2. Modernization (technology);
    3. Retraining, retention and hiring to replace baby boomers.

    Other issues raised are appointments of individuals that are not qualified for positions (nepotism, and abuse of authority by management when hiring); the Ottawa vs. Region disparity (work outside Ottawa is seen as less complex and important the that carried out in Ottawa.

    Advice to Management

    Why waste time. They dont listen.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    filled the void while I searched for project management work in a private company, again. I worked at Nortel with the best of the best in managers and individual contributors who were up to date in the latest in technology.

    Cons

    No growth potential......government employees have a very poor work ethic.


  10. "Policy Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good benefits, good work space

    Cons

    Jaded colleagues, ambiguous objectives, no real sense of value.


  11. "Leadership is a problem"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    If you are fortunate enough to have influence and be taken seriously, you can positively help citizens of Canada

    Cons

    Leadership. Management at the most senior levels is most concerned about protecting themselves rather than working toward the greater good and supporting their staff to do great work.
    Micromanagement
    Too many silos, poor communication across organization
    Not enough investment in mentorship and professional development
    Lack of support for creative and critical thinking
    Not enough resources to support staff (more work than people)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff
    Train your leaders.
    Invest in people development.
    Hire people who care about their work and then get out of their way.


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