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Public Works and Government Services Canada Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Public Works and Government Services Canada Minister of Public Works and Government Services Diane Finley
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  1. "Construction inspector"

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    Former Employee - Self Employed in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Self Employed in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions need to know people higher in management


  2. "Accounting/Payroll Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Chief Clerk II Human Resources/Accounting/Payroll in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Chief Clerk II Human Resources/Accounting/Payroll in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Works and Government Services Canada (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is great to have a job that you really enjoy. It is even better when the job you have also represent the city you live in. I love working and servicing City of Pittsburgh residents.

    Cons

    Everyone thinks you can help with all city business.

    Advice to Management

    Please include team in change process from start to end. Good advice and creative ideals can come from any level.

  3. "Working for the Federal Goverment Nowadays"

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    Former Employee - National Business Systems Analyst in Navan, IA
    Former Employee - National Business Systems Analyst in Navan, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great department that strives on customer service. There are a lot of great people. You have the opportunity to try other type of work once you are with an indeterminate status. The opportunities are at level but you can learn and increase your work experience.

    Cons

    Because of the difficult staff cuts that had to be taken, there is a very high level of stress and very limited room for promotions.


  4. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Procurement Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are opportunities to move vertically and horizontally. The upper management is great and they will support your desire to grow within the department if you show initiative.

    Cons

    Way way way too much office politics. Who you know matters a great deal. Everyone wants to feel important so they give tasks to the administrative assistants that they could complete more efficiently on their own. It can really be a wast of time which is a waste of taxpayers money.

    Advice to Management

    We should focus on efficiency instead of this old school relabeled secretary-like approach.


  5. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time

    Pros

    Easy simple life with great pay and benefits. Good for people looking for a routine and a pay without looking to do something fun.

    Cons

    Heavy work structure and no career advancement. Don't expect to have an exciting work life or any projects you'll like working on.

    Advice to Management

    Leave 1980 behind and step up the offices, the way to work and get new blood and young people with bright ideas and let them express themselves.


  6. "Administrative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Standard government work environment
    great co-workers
    good internal resources for education, development
    good work-life balance

    Cons

    Promotion can be hard to come-by. You must be able to win a competition all over again.


  7. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work culture and people!

    Cons

    The work was not very challenging.

  8. "Good place to work if you are okay with being complacent and understressed."

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    Current Employee - Advisory Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advisory Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, good benefits, and a laid back environment with minimal stress. You can take time off whenever you need it, the work is not difficult. People are friendly and relatively outgoing.

    Cons

    Poor communication, lack of macro-management, mundane work, very bureaucratic and lots of red-tape when trying to perform daily duties. No real structure to any of the work that is done, a lot of random tasks assigned at random times.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

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

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable salary, okay benefits, job security, and good team environments depending on the area and branch. Reasonable work/life balance, depending on the team and manager. The department has policies for telework, leave, and compressed days off but it is all dependent on your manager and "operational requirements".

    Cons

    Not a learning organization (i.e. vertical communication, top-down feedback, bureaucratic, lack of flexibility in processes, poor communication between branches, culture and practices reinforce hierarchy, lack of investment in training employees). Management is often driven by preserving past traditions and practices. Change-resistant, risk adverse, and ineffective talent management. (Tendency to keep old dinosaurs in the same positions for 10-20+ years instead of dealing with performance issues because they are waiting for them to retire). Very few employees with graduate education (e.g. MBA).

    If you are thinking about working here (or any federal government department), look up the public service employee survey (PSES) results to see what you are getting into.

    Advice to Management

    There is a tendency to support and preserve old thinking (e.g. "we've done it this way in the past and it worked") without critically understanding how the environment has changed. Management needs to become aware that management and leadership are not interchangeable words, and PWGSC could use both leadership and management training.


  10. "HR Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Works and Government Services Canada full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work due to diversity of workforce and HR challenges.

    Cons

    Slow to see initiatives implemented and approvals are hierarchical and require too many meetings.


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