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33 English questions out of 33

July 5, 2021

Does Canadian Nuclear Laboratories offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

Great work-life balance Great pay for the Ottawa Valley

Cons

Still very governmental. Lots of processes and most people lack the experience of private industry.

Advice to Management

Continuous improvement, keep an open mind to change. Challenge processes where appropriate. Improve roles, accountabilities and organizational structure.

Great pay for the Ottawa Valley

July 5, 2021

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April 15, 2021

Does Canadian Nuclear Laboratories offer an employee assistance or workplace counselling program?

Pros

I really enjoyed working here, not only did they have great pay and benefits but they provided employees some employee morale every year. Your group could get new coats or a dinner. We also got a great vacation package as well and options to improve our training and education

Cons

THE PEOPLE. I don't think some employees up there realize what they have but they continue to complain and bully others. A lot of Management (not all) are high-strung and they think they are better than others, but then again this is most of the people up there that are making over 60 - 70k.

Advice to Management

Continue treating your employees good and if you aren't, please start. Us little guys aren't only getting pushed around by you but other employees up there. Whether it's sexual assault, drama, or just bullying. We go to work to make money so we can enjoy our home lives. but working at CNL made it hard to get up to go to work not knowing what I am walking into everyday and it just wasn't worth the mental breakdowns

I really enjoyed working here, not only did they have great pay and benefits but they provided employees some employee morale every year.

April 15, 2021

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May 9, 2021

Does Canadian Nuclear Laboratories offer vacation time?

Pros

salary (Mscale) and some benefits

Cons

Eliminate ethics commission bias investigations, which are questionable, eliminate barter practice regarding the total hours worked – some departments asked employees not to include all hours worked in exchange of later paid time off , eliminate over-worked practice, no soft training programs, almost inexistent on-boarding, inefficiencies Old boys club, poor, arrogant and ignorant attitude from higher up management nepotism, favoritism, discrimination by the senior recruiting team members based on national origin and age

Advice to Management

Eliminate the existence of functional “silos” within HR, to highly considers a 3rd-party recruiting partner, encourage inclusion, diversity and multicultural work force, consider promoting from within, and decrease the reachback (exiting international work force imposed by the BOD (SNC-Lavalin / Atkins specifically), review and adjust rewarding and recognition policy and HR best practices

Eliminate ethics commission bias investigations, which are questionable, eliminate barter practice regarding the total hours worked – some departments asked employees not to include all hours worked in exchange of later paid time off , eliminate over

May 9, 2021

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February 3, 2021

Does Canadian Nuclear Laboratories offer relocation assistance?

Pros

The give you options for their benefits package

Cons

you have to pay a portion of the benefits cost and the pension eats away at your RSP contribution

The give you options for their benefits package

February 3, 2021

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September 29, 2019

Does Canadian Nuclear Laboratories have a pension plan?

Pros

Good benefits, friendly workers, interesting work, pension better than most other industries (but below par for nuclear). Pay is on par with other industries (but below average pay for the nuclear industry) GoCo model helped in increasing work efficiency and I was optimistic about it as things used to be okay up but lately things changed to the worse.

Cons

Safety is preached every day, but it is obvious that the company is extremely schedule driven. I had some good managers in the past that I learned a lot from them. However, now if you're a manager it just means you get to pump your chest and boss people around. Some employees are unfairly treated through bogus performance reviews, poor communication and contradictory instructions. If you do good work, you don't get any praise, instead your manager would get the credit. If you make mistakes you get yelled at and told that it was your fault for not consulting with management. I think that sub-contractors are paid outrageous amounts of money but permanent employees are underpaid compared to the industry. Travel is horribly restricted even if it is required for work. Satellite sites get very little support (out of sight out of mind mentality). Also, Chalk River life is only good if you are absolutely in love with outdoor activities to the point that you day dream about it. If you like it any less then you will hate living in the area.

Advice to Management

This used to be a good place to work, but it is not anymore in my opinion. I think that a major mentality change (on all levels; management and line employees) is required to get this place back in shape. Start here. Walk the talk. Safety trumps the schedule. Involve your technical employees in building your project schedules. The deadlines are completely made up and random. High performers are overworked and not appreciated. Provide support to them, instead of blaming them for the small mistakes they make when overworked. Review your pay rates for contractors, and double check their work. Promote accountability; implement a system so that if you're useless you are out, if you are a high performer you get a bonus.

Good benefits, friendly workers, interesting work, pension better than most other industries (but below par for nuclear).

September 29, 2019

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