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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated April 20, 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. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great hard working colleagues, great pension and benefits

    Cons

    Patience is the key to being happy in a government job -everything moves very slowly


  2. "I would very much like to be part of this work and contribute to the users of the state"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The state has the entire organization to serve its users and the tourists who come to know Canada

    Cons

    Everyone should work for everyone to be well attended and to make many compliments to the infrastructure of this and its services rendered to the community

    Advice to Management

    A great opportunity to work and contribute to improve service


  3. "workplace review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Good job stability and benefits

    Cons

    Sick leave cannot be redeemed upon leaving.


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  5. "Trade Commissioner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Commissioner in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Trade Commissioner in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Pros

    friendly office environment, life work balance

    Cons

    low pay, no career development


  6. "Stable, but dreary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's a stable environment with good salaries, a good pension plan, and decent career growth prospects if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    The pace is slow, there are many layer of bureaucratic red tape, and the work may not feel meaningful, depending on the specific role and department or agency in question.

    Advice to Management

    Look for growth opportunities within your staff to keep them engaged and motivated.


  7. "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.


  8. "Senior Strategic Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Really interesting job for people with analytical and strategic views.

    Cons

    Required form time to time overtime


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mobility, and opportunities for many

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sometimes frustrating to move deconstruct quickly


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities for people willing to do what it takes. Bonus points for being bilingual.

    Cons

    Phoenix...nobody gets paid on time anymore. Union involvement can take away from the experience.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you look after people you want to keep. Support those who struggle to get their work done.


  11. "Economist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work-life balance, pension, work hours, flexible hours, various leaves, unionized

    Cons

    bureaucracy, bad managers, hierarchy, tedious work, lack of creativity,


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