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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated December 13, 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. "Good place for IT software developer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst Team Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst Team Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great. There are many flexible options and there is good working environment.

    Cons

    Salary increases are slow and not up to industry standards. But the benefit packages are better.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate IT better


  2. "It's the government"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and salary, flexible work arrangements, endless supply of resources, pension, security, consistency, and about 500k other civil servants in the city to commiserate with.

    Cons

    Most other things. A lot of people think of working for the government as selling your sole. I disagree with that, its' more like selling your life. They will pay you to sit in that fabric covered box for 35 years.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management. Instead i'll say this. If you're coming out of school and have a chance to work for the gov I suggest you take it. You can get lots of great experience doing all sorts of things. Some people even like it here. You are better off looking for your dream job from a government job than from the sidewalk.

  3. "Passable"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Program Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    working with stakeholders is motivates me to do be better

    Cons

    none that I can think of at the moment

    Advice to Management

    to trust your program officers and support them


  5. "IT analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada part-time

    Pros

    Pay is good, job is within reason and does not require overtime. The majority of duties involved trouble shooting basic computer issues.

    Cons

    Only downside is job was not as challenging as expected


  6. "Manager R&D contracts"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with scientists
    Working with colleagues in other sectors
    Lunch hour soccer

    Cons

    No career advancement
    being held back
    abusive managers

    Advice to Management

    why bother? all they care about is being on the phone with deputy ministers and flying around the world on junkets.


  7. "Great working place"

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

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

    Pros

    overall respect in the workplace, integrity and flexibility work hours

    Cons

    lot of taxes but this is the case for all canadians

  8. "Security... Pension... Some benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work requiring some traveling throughout the province of Alberta

    Cons

    Sometimes an employee may disagree with government decisions or policies

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in an employee's shoes to understand him/her better


  10. "lawyer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    great people , security, intellectually stimulating, good mobility

    Cons

    none, bureaucratic, long staffing processes

    Advice to Management

    be consistent


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