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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Feb 19, 2020

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Government of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau
141 Ratings
  1. "Agent"

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    Current Employee - Taxpayer Services Agent 

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    - the benefits are amazing - friendly environment

    Cons

    - very structured - contract based (not permanent)

    Government of Canada2020-02-20
  2. "Employee at Public Service Commission of Canada"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work at.

    Cons

    work could be slow at times

    Government of Canada2020-02-19
  3. "If you can handle government culture, it's great!"

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    Current Employee - Manager of Speechwriting in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job stability. Great salary relative to private sector speechwriting. Interesting portfolios.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Risk averse management. Incredibly controlling management. Loss of autonomy over your product (the speech) Speechwriting by committee. A dozen layers of approvals on every product. Ministers offices that don't realize that humans write speeches and need more than 2 hours to draft something interesting. Disregard and disdain from political staffers.

    Government of Canada2020-02-18
  4. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Video Producer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    - Pension - Benefits - Predictable hours

    Cons

    - Slow action on any projects - lots of approval processes - stifles creativity

    Government of Canada2020-02-14
  5. "Automation Developer"

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    Former Employee - Test Automation Developer in Gatineau, QC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Everyone was super friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Work pace was slow and management wasn't organized but wasn't a huge deal

    Government of Canada2020-02-12
  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    It's the government, very stable with great salaries. Work is dry sometimes but can't complain.

    Cons

    The tech at the government is terrible and outdated. The networks are slow and there are often issues with applications and workstations.

    Government of Canada2020-02-10
  7. "Average work wage with average pay and holiday hours"

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    Current Employee - Investigator in Surrey, BC

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

    Pros

    Good hours and training is adequqte

    Cons

    Declining benefits and poor recruiting

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    Government of Canada2020-02-08
  8. "Good Place to Start - Major Drawbacks"

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    GOC has some unique pluses: - Total job security - Great benefits - High starting salary - Opportunity to learn if you want

    Cons

    Unfortunately many departments have common issues: - Incredibly bureaucratic culture obsessed with procedure over results - Slow paced environment with months where there is nothing to do - Very risk averse upper management and often highly incompetent (ie. Phoenix) - Demands you learn French when totally unnecessary - Mostly older workforce, not up to date or competitive

    Government of Canada2020-02-04
  9. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Junior Investment Analyst 

    I have been working at Government of Canada part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible hours, and competitive salary

    Cons

    Some slow days where you don't have much to do

    Government of Canada2020-02-04
  10. "Work for a small federal agency"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - collegial environment - decent benefits

    Cons

    -management can be lousy -bureaucratic - difficult to be innovative

    Government of Canada2020-02-03

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