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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated Jan 1, 2020

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Government of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau
163 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mindless work"

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    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and pension benefits

    Cons

    Mindless work. Pigeon holed and not able to be innovative due to managerial red tape

    Government of Canada2016-08-07
  2. "Life in Public Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    interesting, challenging, chance to make a difference

    Cons

    red tape, too many levels of approval, limited authority yet responsible/accountable for decisions made by others.

    Government of Canada2016-08-11
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great job security and benefits, lots of job options"

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

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    There are so many departments you can choose to work for. Once you're indeterminate the job security and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Staffing processes take forever. You must work with very old technology and there's a lot of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade technology. Streamline approval processes. Deal with bad employees instead of ignoring them and hoping they'll go away.

    Government of Canada2016-06-29
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Variety of jobs available throughout the government, competitive wages, room for advancement under the right management.

    Cons

    Red-tape, many departments are staffed/managed by people lacking the skills they need to help their teams succeed, too many people just biding their time until retirement which gives the government a bad rap (i.e. "typical government employee'), too much emphasis on bilingualism in Ottawa, potentially disqualifying many more qualified people for roles that don't actually require bilingualism. Needs more fairness in hiring practices and better employee performance management.

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    Government of Canada2016-02-03
  5. "Officer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Good stable job. Lots of training. People were great. Good hours. No weekends or evenings. Interesting work. Good boss. Overall good experience.

    Cons

    There could be lots of red tape and we had little say in program direction. There could be lots of red tape and we had little say in program direction. There could be lots of red tape and we had little say in program direction.

    Advice to Management

    Overall good experience. Co workers and boss made it enjoyable. Sometimes bureaucracy and red tape could make it somewhat frustrating.

    Government of Canada2016-01-24
  6. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Security, benefits, purpose of work, potential impact of work, complexity of work, possibility of variation of work are a important pros.

    Cons

    Red tape, unmotivated colleagues, lack of incentives for exceptional performance, less than perfect perception of industry, restrictions and timelines regarding upward mobility are cons.

    Advice to Management

    Work to identity, support, and reward high achievers, keep value for Canadians' money front-of-mind, think critically about expediency vs due process, recruit aggressively for top talent.

    Government of Canada2015-09-12
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your management team"

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    Senior Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Decent pay. Respectable benefits. Opportunities for formal training and education benefits. Job security is still there

    Cons

    The red tape of government has us working with ageing technology and makes getting even the simplest tasks long and onerous. Some people just need to retire A better process to dismiss deadwood needs to exist. As much as I can appreciate experience many times the experience brought to the table is no longer relevant or is wrapped in layers of negativity which is toxic to the overall environment

    Advice to Management

    I'm lucky enough to have a young and intelligent management team who are willing to think outside the box.

    Government of Canada2015-09-05
  8. "Co-op Student: CRA"

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    Current Intern - Junior Project Officer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unmatchable work experience, incredible career opportunities, excellent compensation, great benefits package, flexible hours, good working relationships with management and co-workers, convenient location, good work-life balance!

    Cons

    Poor communication from upper management, lots of bureaucracy/red tape which slows down our work

    Advice to Management

    Reduce unnecessary steps and procedures and simplify lines of communication and contact between upper management and employees.

    Government of Canada2015-07-09
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Chief Departmental Internal Control"

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    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
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Decent benefits, great pension, good salary. But that's really it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great pension, good salary. But that's really it.

    Cons

    Inefficiencies, lack of communication, slow paced and red tape can drive you bonkers. If you are used to progression, efficiency, great team players who are committed to doing high quality work and on time, you might be heading for disappointment to work for the government. It might be honeymoon for the first year, but it will likely get to you coming from another company before 'retiring' at the government. You are surrounded by people who are frustrated, lack drive, who have to take big breaks from work (month + vacations, go on average income to get away for months, compressed work weeks, etc) to get away from the work chaos/stress . That says a lot about the enjoyment of the work there. If you are a person that is ambitious, likes variety, thrives on progression, I encourage you to look elsewhere. There are many other jobs out there that pays decent and better for your mental health. Also, as you move up, the pay doesn't change much but the magnitude of chaos increases.

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    Advice to Management

    Management needs to increase morale by recognizing work of those who DO the work and encourage social events to gel the team. People work there for more than ten years and the bosses have no idea, that's sad. Or people who work late nights, weekends, and the bosses don't recognize that either, that's sad too. Employees are often mistreated because everyone else thinks that they will commit their entire life to the government due to pension, benefits and salary. I had to leave.

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    Government of Canada2015-04-01
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