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Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Reviews

Updated December 19, 2016
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  1. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work. Excellent opportunities

    Cons

    nothing I can identify as a con


  2. "One of the worst workplaces I've ever experienced"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well, it's in downtown Ottawa. Easy to get there via public transit.

    Cons

    This seems to be the biggest collection I've ever seen of managers looking over their shoulders, of surly technical people, and of team leaders who are afraid of the manager who works beside them. The place is completely bereft of anything resembling team spirit.

    This is the place where one of the leads buys sandwiches for the people on the floor, and yet who hides this from his own boss. This is also the place where the birth of a child - a momentous event in anyone's life - was not celebrated at all because the parent was a contractor (heaven forbid).

    And it's also the place where I stayed late one evening helping one of the technical gurus troubleshoot a problem that had haunted him for days. But the following day, just like all the days beforehand, he wouldn't even say hello in the morning.

    Every single lead seemed to be on edge, for fear that the CIO would ream him out.

    Advice to Management

    Try shielding your own people from the poisonous politics that infest the place.


  3. "IRB Review"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada as a contractor

    Pros

    Very laidback, everyone is really nice and helpful. Stress-free environment, almost impossible to get fired. Once you get your foot in the door you'll be able to stay long, they always renew contracts. Location is good, right by Eaton's Centre

    Cons

    Commute was rough if not living downtown, and i dont know if it was where i sat but it got really hot inside the building.

    Advice to Management

    make it easier to extend contracts and make sure pay is on time. When i signed a new contract my pay would always be back logged and i would wait over a month to get paid


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  5. "IRBC Independent Contractor"

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    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They provide training for free and they have really nice staff. You also get a lot of experience and knowledge just by observing in one of their hearings.

    Cons

    They call you based on their need for translating to your language. Their cases have been slow/they have less cases lately and we have not received a call from them for more than 3 months now.


  6. "It is a very nice place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Hsa in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Hsa in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay, Comprehensive Training, Friendly Co-workers, Paid Leave, Amazing team leaders. The big boss was really involved with workers. They had lots of employee appreciation events... it's a really great work environment.

    Cons

    Its definitely a high pressure job, but you learn to let the bad call just roll off you, and they aren't even that common as long as you're friendly and understanding


  7. "Bureaucratic environment, stressful and cold"

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    Current Contractor - Interpreter
    Current Contractor - Interpreter

    I have been working at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Biggest advantage is flexible schedule

    Cons

    Restrictions on earnings, few assignments


  8. "Great part time and casual opportunities."

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    Current Contractor - Interpreter/Translator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Interpreter/Translator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary, friendly work environment, flexible work schedule, safe and clean work environment.

    Cons

    Payment of salary is mostly delayed several weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Clear up delays with payroll.