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National Research Council Canada Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. 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


  2. "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.

  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. "Good Working Environment and life balance"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Working Environment and life balance

    Cons

    less work than companies. Need to learn to keep up with the world


  5. "Acoustic physicist"

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    Former Employee - Acoustic Physicists in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Acoustic Physicists in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work. Real cochleas from human ears.

    Cons

    No downsides, though did not have a car, so had to take the bus or bike.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start your research career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fairly open working environment. Lots of positive feedback received from peers

    Cons

    IT system is lacking, a lot.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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!


  10. "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.


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