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National Research Council Canada Reviews

Updated December 22, 2016
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  • Client based worked can often be overwhelming and deliver little work satisfaction (in 2 reviews)

  • However, f you happen to be good at making money, that may work for you (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. 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


  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time

    Pros

    Less work, good work life balance

    Cons

    Based on the project, teach yourself techniques you need


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  5. "Client Information Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time

    Pros

    this organization links practical technical resources with SMEs who undertake innovative projects and require additional support to maximize commercial potential. Engaging workplace.

    Cons

    Working inside government structure and processes can be frustrating at times, and being at the sidelines to the actual commercial activities and projects is less risky, but somewhat less fulfilling for some.


  6. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at National Research Council Canada (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great learning opportunity
    - Good work-life balance
    - Smart and knowledgeable coworkers

    Cons

    - Relatively uncertain career path
    - Bad management
    - Increasing office politics.


  7. "Politically driven and leadership corrupt (self-serving)"

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    Current Employee - HRB in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - HRB in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great minds, wonderful colleagues, well equipped and great locations.

    Cons

    Over the years NRC essentially lost itself and what made it strive and excel has been changed to serve hierarchy and cash flow. Research for hire! Short term vision which often defines political agendas,
    working within a corporate branch and morale is low, workload very heavy and environment supports and encourage micro-management. I would of given a 5+ 10 years ago. Now I give a 2 for all the great people that are still hoping things will change.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees and discourage bullying and micro management.
    Review the organization's values to include what makes or break a great place...PEOPLE
    New President: look at who are your leaders in corporate management and don't just trust what you hear. If you want the truth and the real picture, go to the source.
    Make this organization great again, care for the wellness of your employees and respect, value all contribution!
    Walk the talk!


  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at National Research Council Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked here as a co-op student doing research with nanocomposites for the aerospace sector. I found the job very rewarding as I was given a lot of responsibility in the lab. I was also given a lot of freedom to pursue my own research projects.

    Cons

    The pay is low (government job)


  9. "Research Officer:"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Challenge, R&D Oriented, Good Advantage package

    Cons

    Location Issue, Paper work and less flexibility


  10. "ITA"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Technology Advisor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Industrial Technology Advisor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Research Council Canada full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good place to work relax and progressive

    Cons

    too much paper work and customer dealing


  11. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at National Research Council Canada (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Engaging work, diverse. Not too complcated

    Cons

    Slow most of the time



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