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National Research Council Canada Reviews

Updated April 12, 2019
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  1. "Black Carbon Metrology Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at National Research Council Canada (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"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

    Advice to Management

    decrease the layers of approval processes: trust your people.

  3. "Postdoctoral Researcher at National Lab"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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"

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    Former Employee - Associate Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    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

    Advice to Management

    A good agency uses open communication, not fear & intimidation to get results / create positive work environment
    As a publications company, supply tools/ materials and equipment that will fit the real daily needs of staff / committee


  5. "Intern at company, great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers, friendly environment and creative opportunity

    Cons

    Sometimes a little hard to get a sense of your role relative to employer size


  6. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Occasional bureaucracy...but that's life with government

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Not too bad consider gov. job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible hours, working with interesting start-ups.

    Cons

    Typical government stuff; odd financial management deadline; paper work...etc.

    Advice to Management

    Fight back political push.

  8. "research officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time

    Pros

    excellent work environment and work culture

    Cons

    nothing to mention at this time. everything is fine


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place for mediocrity"

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    Former Employee - Research Officer in St. John's, NL (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Officer in St. John's, NL (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and pension, 9-5 easy projects, nothing too demanding intellectually.

    Cons

    Mediocres with good sense of corridor politics do very well at NRC, and they become group leaders and managers. Senior researchers with excellent scientific records have no chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, friendly colleagues and supervisors. Some opportunites to work on large-scale innovative research projects. You will learn a lot academically.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and red tape.

    Management seems only interested in revenue, not novel research that benefits the society.

    IT support is non existent, worse yet they restricted the IT environment even more. You CANNOT install software for research, you cannot use cloud computing without special permission.

    Advice to Management

    Do not restrict the researchers, instead look at mid level management, and why there are more people "managing" or "supporting" than the actual research staff.

    Cut down unnecessary procedures and forms. You don't need 100 forms to manage projects, or wait for a month to buy a new sensor.

    One possibility is to simply split the whole NRC into smaller labs, since we are not doing much collaboration anyway.