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Parliament of Canada Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  1. "Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advisor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parliament of Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, downtown location easily accessible by bus, professional employees, salary and benefits are good, 4 weeks vacation + pension, good conditions and work spaces, options for flexible work hours, interesting work supporting Canada's leaders. Different training opportunities for all employees, advancement opportunities, good balance between high workload and family life, and access to beautiful parliament buildings!

    Cons

    No cons I feel so lucky to work in a beautiful building I enjoy coming to everyday where I feel valued and productive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking the time to get to know employees at all levels.


  2. "great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Meet brilliant and interesting people

    Cons

    political games get exhausting and the work is often thankless

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A golden bubble in tha public service - great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Parliament of Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have a 16 year professional career and about a year working at the HoC. Si far this have been the best place to work,,, its amazing, young people , respect, nice offices, unlimited budget for projects, stability, great balance between family and work. excellent benefits, its a dream for any networking analyst

    Cons

    No cons this place is absolutely perfect. The only complain is that there is no parking! hehehe

    Advice to Management

    Improve in communications and roles definition however that's something its being already taken as a plan


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Legislative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is no better place to work!...Everything here I love.

    Cons

    I do not see too many cons working on Parliament Hill. Considering the opportunities everywhere else.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parliament of Canada (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a fast-paced work environment where risk oriented people will thrive. You will learn a lot about the legislative process/the workings of parliament. You will meet lots of enthusiastic, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Experiences on the Hill are going to vary from office to office. Some office environments are terrible to the point of being abusive, while others are positive and healthy environments. All too frequently offices are the former, rather than the latter. In all offices you will be asked to work long overtime hours without pay. Job descriptions rarely match the actual work being done in a position. Every four years an election rolls around, and you risk losing your job. All in all, a very unstable work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Job descriptions should be matched more fully to the actual tasks of the job. Pay should match the requirements/level of work actually being put into the position.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "IT Intern Review"

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

    Pros

    A lof of opportunity to work with interesting people that come from a variety of different backgrounds.

    Cons

    Definitely not the best environment if you're a person who prefers working fast, or do not like dealing with bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer opportunities to young interns, but also expand the types of roles offered, and place a greater emphasis on technology and innovation related roles


  7. "The Hill never sleeps"

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    Former Employee - Parliamentary Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Parliamentary Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parliament of Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    THe Staffers are all super engaged, and willing to help anyone and everyone at all times for the most part. There is a strong sense of community engagement amongst the Hill Family.

    Cons

    Its continiously on the go, and at times people don't fully manage the work/life balance.
    It can be overwhelming for the high strung individuals.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "No protection. Very abusive"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parliament of Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting. Fast paced. Great learning potential.

    Cons

    YOu have no protection from discrimination or harassment. The workplace is fraught with abuse that doesn't get dealt with. Dealing with big egos (politicians) and no management skills. Extremely macho. Terrible place to be a woman or have a family.

    Advice to Management

    Stop abusing your staff. Allow the labour board of canada to regulate the workplace.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Political Manager"

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    Former Employee - Political Operations Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Political Operations Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Parliament of Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of networking opportunities and flexibility in job roles.

    Cons

    Parliament administration is poorly equipped to support political staffers.

    Advice to Management

    Ottawa


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Working for IT at the House of Commons"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Parliament of Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You feel important, if hurbris is to be considered a "pro".

    Cons

    - A Draconian nightmare. Higher-ups track everything you work on. If you estimate 2 days and it takes you 2.5, people are immediately in your face. They schedule no time for system improvements.
    - You're underpaid. In my case and my coworker's case, by $20k - no small sum.
    - Horrible Project Managers who rigidly follow process with no attempt at adapting it to the unique needs of the House. They would rather lead from behind with a stick than from the front with, oh I don't know, good manners and respect for their fellow human beings. For whatever reason, executives believe that project managers need to be bulldogs.
    - Horrible executives. The Chief Technology Officer, formerly the head of the department, announced at a yearly departmental meeting that there would be budget cuts. He then followed up that intro by spending the rest of the presentation speaking about his promotion to CTO. Completely tactless. This is a man who I regularly opened the door for and not once received a thank you.
    - Rude clients. Imagine the type of people that work at the House; every problem they have is the most important thing in the world because they or their client (MPs) are the most important people in the world. Get used to that.
    - A generally stressful environment
    - Lack of mentorship

    Advice to Management

    Consider retirement.


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