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Ontario Securities Commission Reviews

Updated September 24, 2018
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  1. "Summer Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment,Friendly colleagues,flexible working hours

    Cons

    Sometimes not much work to do for summer students


  2. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ontario Securities Commission full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work at!

    Cons

    not what I was looking for

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Innovating within the space"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Securities Commission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The OSC has found ways to innovate in a regulatory context and effect change within its own operations. Specific areas of business like the Investor Office and LaunchPad demonstrate an out-of-the-box thinking and a commitment to changing the status quo, both showing how the OSC can be a regulatory leader for reasons beyond its size.

    If you are able to secure a position within one of these new or changing areas of business, you will have the opportunity to work on new and novel projects that take a different perspective on both longstanding and emerging regulatory challenges. These projects can be highly rewarding and often shape the OSC's priorities for the future.

    Cons

    The institutional nature of a longstanding regulator like the OSC means that some legacy areas of business are not as quick or comfortable to embrace change or adopt new ways of thinking. This can be a source of conflict within the organization as collaboration across different operational silos is sometimes met with resistance.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage and foster innovation within your own operations and try to apply this new lens to all areas of business. Look to areas within your own organization, such as the Investor Office, for examples of how to take a new approach to existing ways of doing business.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Professional in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Securities Commission full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is no pros at all.

    Cons

    Arrogant. Rude. No opportunities to advance.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "For those who lack ambition and despise a meritocracy."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Securities Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance. 9-5 is an overstatement.
    - Generally liberal policy with regard to vacation or working from home.

    Cons

    - Highly politicized. Nothing is measured and the Peter Principle is in full effect.
    - People are not motivated to do good work. Those who do are often ostracized.
    - Market knowledge exists in very small, sparse pockets of the organization.
    - Little-to-no career movement. Promotions often have more to do with being lucky via backfill and you're unlikely to develop any marketable skills.
    - Some of the worst management I've ever worked with. At the same time good managers are often abused and driven out by staff infighting and internecine warfare.

    Advice to Management

    - Become results-driven and reward demonstrable performance.
    - Hire lawyers and accountants when you need them as opposed to assuming you need lawyers and accountants for everything.
    - Make people accountable including HR.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Rude and arrogant people, bureaucratic structure, no opportunities for career advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Securities Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good vacation, you don't get much done (not sure if this is a pro or con, depends on the point of view)

    Cons

    It's a very stagnant organization. There is no opportunity for career advancement at all. If you want to just clock in and out, or come to have 3 children and not have issues with mat leave, that's your place. But if you want to learn, progress in your career, complete something meaningful- I would not recommend this place for you. HR are completely useless, they are always on the managers' side. Management only worries about their own bonuses, and how the organization "appears" to external people, not caring about the people who actually work here. Harassment and bullying are totally ok, it's perfectly fine for a manager to scream at an employee's face. I am extremely disappointed by this place and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


  7. "Good work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits and vacation.

    Cons

    Impossible to grow and advance.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not a top employer."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    4 weeks cavation, 5 personal days, 2 optional days off, full defined benefit pension

    Cons

    Very political, slow to react, women-centric, difficult to transition back to Bay street.


  9. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work life balance; interesting work

    Cons

    Poor management; lack of growth


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Public sector lifestyle with high pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ontario Securities Commission full-time

    Pros

    - Hours (Strict 9 -5)
    - Passionate employees

    Cons

    - Little innovation
    - Little diversity in terms of staff background


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