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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  1. "A good place to work - but depends on your director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Policy Advisor
    Former Employee - Policy Advisor

    I worked at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    The department has a lot of resources and information to draw from

    Cons

    Hierarchy - structure is not as flat as provincial government

    Advice to Management

    Openness to change, not working in silos


  2. "Job as Patent Examiner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and benefits. Friendly people. A good way to use scientific training in a new way.

    Cons

    Lots of time spent working alone at a computer. The work is highly repetitive and not terribly interesting.

  3. "Fun Group"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It all depends on who your team and manager is.
    Good pay as a student Co-op.

    Cons

    Sometimes workers can become lazy and complacent.
    If you are used to the private sector, it will be a very noticeable change.

    Advice to Management

    My manager is amazing, and I wouldn't change a thing about him. But advice for any public sector manager - incentivize your team to help maintain motivation.


  4. "Slow Paced, Amazing team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Team dynamic
    - Constructive criticism
    - Ability to meet CEO's

    Cons

    - Slow paced
    - Low pay


  5. "Gov job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good salary and benefits - most of the time you have good work/life balance

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  6. "Not the place to work for career advancement"

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

    I have been working at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are second to none!
    Work hours are consistent, 37.5 hours per week
    Unionized environment
    Heath Benefits

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities
    Un-supportive management
    Management will try to stop any attempt at career advancement, and will deny any attempt to take developmental assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with the learning plan; offer career development opportunities to those who want it.


  7. "Industry Canada, Telecommunications Sector"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people and work environment, challenging and rewarding work that involved supporting Canada's telecom sector.

    Cons

    Moving towards less specialized service and a more generic job description at the expense of less service to the customer clients, less interesting work..

  8. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to get the resources and time to do the research I wanted. Was a good co-op experience given it was out West in Saskatchewan.

    Cons

    Pace is fairly slow - which suits some people better than others.


  9. "Government is better than you might think!"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader - Human Resources in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Team Leader - Human Resources in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A wide variety of opportunities to service Canadians. It's like choosing from over 30 companies to work for within one.

    Cons

    Most people work hard, but some don't pull their weight and it's difficult to let them go!

    Advice to Management

    After 20+ years in the private sector it's nice to be driven by a mission that's not bottom-line driven!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away."

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Can take vacation at will.
    Flexible work hours.
    Teleworking is permitted.

    Cons

    Promotions are not fair and transparent. Favorites are immediately promoted up the chain while senior and deserving people's advancement, potential, and career development is completely ignored.

    There is a distinct language bias by French Canadian supervisors and management.

    There is relatively no turnover as the jobs are dead-end. Working at CIPO simply erodes one's skill set, and after a few years, your stuck. You are not marketable in engineering nor are your skills recognized by other departments in the federal government.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone deserves the opportunities for promotion and professional development - not just kids graduating from Quebec universities.


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