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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated July 21, 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. "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.


  2. "Not great place if ambitious (at least if outside National Capital Region)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Humane and flexible, allowed to work from home, my manager doesn't micromanage (obviously this is different from manager to manager)

    Cons

    Few opportunities to move up; management does not seem to care that people are unhappy, attitude seems to be that everyone is replaceable (because everyone wants to get into government)

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees

  3. "Aircraft Maintenance Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    low pressure but professional environment. Time off is generally not difficult to get. There is some OT if you want it but not too much so that you can't have a life.

    Cons

    Like most large organizations there are many inefficiencies and people that have been out of the industry for so long they don't remember what it is like.


  4. "Working for the Federal Government"

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    Former Employee - Manager Procurement and Sales in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager Procurement and Sales in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to be innovative and autonomous. Lots of interesting challenges.

    Cons

    Response time to obtain decision from client sometimes long due to heavy workload,

    Advice to Management

    Keep communications open with employees.


  5. "Good pay and benefits, bad management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Pay, good benefits, lots of vacation time, flexible work arrangements.

    Cons

    Poor management, harassment and favoritism runs rampant. Each department is like working for a different company.


  6. "Project Manager"

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    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


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "Trade Commissioner"

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    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


  10. "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.


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