National Research Council Canada Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2020

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National Research Council Canada President Iain Stewart
Iain Stewart
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  • "Office work environment, only a lunch room with no option to purchase food(in 5 reviews)

  • "Typical government stuff; odd financial management deadline; paper work(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Black Carbon Metrology Student"

    5.0
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    Recommends

    I worked at National Research Council Canada for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy going government job. All employees are really friendly including the group leader. Had a family like environment at work

    Cons

    Not much work to be done. Will get boring soon due to lack of work. But maybe that is for students only.

  2. "Getting better"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting work

    Cons

    Takes too long to get get paper work done

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  3. "Postdoctoral Researcher at National Lab"

    4.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada

    Pros

    Good salary, good work experience

    Cons

    limited contract of 2 years

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Fear-based institute that's behind the times in management/retention; experience in-the-news topics via panels/lectures"

    2.0
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    Associate Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at National Research Council Canada

    Pros

    Committee Study topics and panels Close to the action of politics and policy Lectures series are hot curent events/topics

    Cons

    fear-based company Information is hoarded unclear goals; looking good cuts quality Endless rules prevent staffers from doing so much as ordering a stapler without permission management creates distrust and confusion among staff

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  5. "Great employer"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Help Desk Technician in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and stability. Ottawa campus is beautiful and have a lot of green areas.

    Cons

    Really hard to change positions. You will really like working there if you enjoy doing the same job for many years.

  6. "Inefficient processes, inconsistent leadership"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Communications in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, and excellent benefits

    Cons

    The NRC’s Communications Branch was different than any other communications shop I’ve worked with, and unfortunately, it was not in a good way. The main issues that have made it a challenging place to work are: A highly siloed organizational structure that made collaboration between communications advisors challenging – The Communications Branch is centralized, but its strategic communications advisors work with the NRC’s 14 research centres – none of which are located in the same building as the comms shop. This means that strategic communications advisors work primarily with people who are for off-site, rather than on their own team. This creates a workplace culture where people work physically near each other, but rarely actually interact. It can also make it more challenging to build client relationships. Too many levels of approval, even for Government -- Extremely small projects such as a tweet need 8 or more levels of approval. More significant projects frequently demand 12-15. And this is for good news stories that contain no sensitive or negative information. It's a lot of work for changes that are almost universally inconsequential. Inconsistent approvals processes – The Communications Branch has a highly detailed chart with the necessary levels of approval for each type of product. However, senior management regularly deviates from this chart to bring in additional levels of approval. This makes it extremely difficult to effectively manage project timelines. The official chart might say you need 12 people to approve a web post, and then Comms Branch management decides an additional 3 or 4 approvals will be necessary. Often, the logic of who needs to be consulted seems arbitrary. Strategic comms advisors can be caught in a double bind between two Directors-General – Strategic communications advisors work for Comms Branch, but also take orders from the DG of the research centre that they advise. This can place the comms advisors squarely in the crossfire. If the two DGs disagree on what should the communications priorities should be, the advisor is forced to make a decision that will displease one of the DGs, who are very accustomed to getting their own way, and don’t take not getting it very well. Inflexible management -- Workflow processes at NRC Comms Branch involve a lot of paper forms and can be pretty cumbersome. There are some fairly simple ways that efficiency gains could be made, but even when there has been a broad consensus that processes can and should be tweaked, management has been unwilling to seriously consider changes that would bring workflow processes more in line with contemporary norms. Workload – Some of the NRC’s research centres are far busier than others, and the workload of strategic communications advisors varies widely, depending on which research centre they’re working with. In general, the senior advisors work with the larger research centres have a much heavier workload. However, because the workflow and approvals processes are themselves so time-consuming, it can be difficult for senior advisors to leverage their experience for efficiency gains. These senior advisor roles (IS-05) are probably best avoided. Secondments and assignments – Communications Branch has a policy of not approving any secondments or assignments. Except when the DG wanted to take on an assignment. That one was OK.

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  7. "Great place"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk 

    I worked at National Research Council Canada part-time

    Pros

    Colleagues were very friendly and flexible for my requirements as a student. Building was very nice.

    Cons

    Didn't really have any issues.

  8. "Solid Job & Compensation, Rigid management"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible work hours, job security

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate government management structure, a lot of secrecy, hard to know how to climb up

  9. "Nice environment, nice facilities"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Student in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice environment, nice facilities. Supervisors are nice and patient.

    Cons

    Nothing special to be mentioned

  10. "Room for improvement"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Executive Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dedicated, talented people who take pride in their work

    Cons

    Risk averse, too many layers, head of org only concerned with how he appears to others

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