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Government of Canada Employee Reviews about "private sector"

Updated Nov 22, 2019

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Government of Canada CEO Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau
155 Ratings
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  • "The work can be very slow and full of red tape(in 31 reviews)

  • "Work hours, lower pay than private sector(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Malware Analyst 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Good work/ home balance, alot better than in private

    Cons

    Salary not competitive, better in the private sector

    Government of Canada2019-11-23
  2. "Good job."

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    Current Contractor - Citizen Services Officer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unionized, very fair working environment.

    Cons

    Not paid as well as some private sector jobs, for higher levels.

    Government of Canada2019-11-02
  3. "CFO"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, great and suppotive colleagues and staff.

    Cons

    Work hours, lower pay than private sector.

    Government of Canada2019-04-26
  4. "Summer Co-op"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Co-workers Low stress environment Flexible hours

    Cons

    Public sector salaries are smaller compared to private sector

    Government of Canada2018-10-29
  5. "HR Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Pension, flexible paid leave, amazing job security

    Cons

    The older generation of worker/ clientele within the government can be lazy and resistant to change. Salaries are not competitive to the private sector once you reach a certain level.

    Government of Canada2018-10-17
  6. "secure, rewarding employment"

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    Current Employee - Policy Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many employment opportunities, excellent benefits, recognition of importance of work-life balance, quality management.

    Cons

    Base salary is probably not great compared to the private sector; however, that is somewhat made up for by db pension plan.

    Government of Canada2018-09-19
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Govt Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you can manage to seek full-time employment status, you can get some job security. Great benefits but this comes at a price to the Govt.

    Cons

    If you want to seek employment within the Canadian Government, be very patient! The process is long and very bureaucratic in comparison to the private sector

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your hiring processes!

    Government of Canada2017-08-23
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Unless you have to... stay away from the government"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay compared to private sector, excellent benefits, family and work life balance. Pension!

    Cons

    Awful work environment. Bureaucracy is absolutely ridiculous. Everything is about budgets and we are expendable. Management is awful in most places and I've done quite a few Departments so this is not just based off one place. They seem to promote micromanagers and idiots in middle-management.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to upper management... quit promoting the problem employees to mid-management positions. We are the ones getting stuck working under them!

    Government of Canada2017-06-04
  9. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Balanced workload Excellent place to learn new skills Competitive wages A fair employer Opportunities to become bilingual Superb benefits High job security

    Cons

    Decision-making is not as fast paced as in the private sector Unfortunately not the first choice for top graduates partially because majority of the federal government is in the capital city

    Government of Canada2017-02-16
  10. "Senior analyst"

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    Senior Financial Analyst in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    good benefits such as sick days and family days. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    lower pay relative to counterparts in private sector

    Government of Canada2016-11-21
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