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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Jan 6, 2020

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Government of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau
163 Ratings
  1. "Taxpayer Services Agent"

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    • Senior Management
     in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salary, close to transit routes,

    Cons

    Morale has fallen very low over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Less focus on stats more focus on employee mental health, flexibility and morale. Stats will fall in line as a result.

    Government of Canada2015-06-30
  2. Helpful (3)

    "It's a decent steady reliable paycheck, but don't expect to be challenged"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable with great benefits, notably pension, which is inexpensive and is a defined benefits plan.

    Cons

    Hyper compartmentalized work make progression across disciplines or changing careers unnatural and difficult, especially when considering the GoC has 280k+ employees.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate flexibility of the workforce

    Government of Canada2015-06-04
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Chief Departmental Internal Control"

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    • Senior Management
    Chief Departmental Internal Control in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work to life balance, interesting work, multiple projects on the go, great benefits

    Cons

    Red tape, french, difficult at times to move up

    Government of Canada2015-04-16
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good career opportunities and interesting files/subject matter, but difficult environment to work in"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Gatineau, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Subject matter is very interesting. There are a lot of career opportunities and paths within government. Great benefits and salary.

    Cons

    My experience (7 years) was in a very toxic environment. A lot of entitlement. Can be a very frustrating place to work since progress is slow and it's a very hierarchical organization.

    Advice to Management

    Grow internal talent! Nurture good ideas and give people the space and ownership to drive initiatives.

    Government of Canada2015-03-24
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Communications Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits include a pension, sick and family related leave (with pay), flexible work hours, pay for all stat hours There is job security - to a certain degree It has zero tolerance for work-related harassment

    Cons

    The pay is lower than in the private sector. They are very bureaucratic - things take way longer to happen than they should. It can be difficult to advance up the ladder on a permanent level - this organization mainly hands out acting positions versus permanent appointments.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be more flexible - life doesn't always fit into a black and white picture. Learn to be more open to modern technologies.

    Government of Canada2012-09-08
  6. Helpful (1)

    "I take pride in my work for this employer."

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    • Senior Management
     in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Enjoyable work and great benefits

    Cons

    Stressful at times at times vacation time is restricted.

    Government of Canada2011-12-07
  7. Helpful (1)

    "great employer"

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    Chief Engineer in Summerside, PE
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    good money and great benefits. Lots to do, if one is interested

    Cons

    not much overtime, limited chances for extra income.

    Advice to Management

    more positive feed back needed

    Government of Canada2011-10-03
  8. "Great Benefits, Unbelievable Maternity Pay/Benefits and Great Work/Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Analyst 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Benefits are great, hours are 37.5 hours/week, anything after is overtime. Travel per diems are good, parental leave is 93% of your salary for an entire year, can take 5 years off for staying at home with kids and are guaranteed a position at your level when you return. Great benefits, unbelievable pension

    Cons

    RED TAPE RED TAPE RED TAPE! But its government, like any major corporation, you can'tget away from it.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to hire based on performance, not based on the person who studied for a test the best

    Government of Canada2011-06-09
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very good for work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
     in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Great perks; great benefits; defined benefit pension

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic; can be political; can be slow at times

    Advice to Management

    Rewards those who are innovative, creative and entrepreneurial.

    Government of Canada2010-08-31
  10. "Great Career, Great Work-Life Balance"

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    Chief Auditor in Toronto, ON
    Recommends

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    The following pros are based on my particular branch of the Government of Canada, and not necessarily representative of working for the Government of Canada in general: variety in work; challenging work; flexibility, independence and accountability in doing your work; great benefits; great work-life balance; reasonable compensation; great fringe benefits, and of course great job stability.

    Cons

    Unlike the private sector/corporate world, there are NO perks, bonuses, etc. The higher up the ladder you go, the wider the salary gap compared to the private sector (in the private sector one can obviously make more, but the caveat there is that there's usually significant overtime required whereas this is not necessarily the case with government). Government operations can at times be a bit slow moving, since managers and executives don't necessarily have the same amount/extent of authority as their peers in the private sector, and the bureaucracy and sheer size of the entity is huge.

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    Advice to Management

    Succession planning is key, since so many in the Government of Canada are due to retire in the near term. It's thus critical to ensure adequate succession planning, and ensuring that the people most suited and most capable are the future leaders.

    Government of Canada2009-08-20
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