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Export Development Canada Reviews

Updated 14 December, 2018
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  • "Work life balance, better planning" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Its a crown corporation, which by default has limitations" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Culture, people, pay, work-life balance

    Cons

    Ability to move around and politics


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Financing team and in general"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting work, you will learn every day.
    Travel opportunities
    Excellent leave and health benefits package
    Work from home
    On-site gym
    Location within Ottawa

    Cons

    Training and carreer development plans are absent
    Lots favouritism and politics leading often to non-sense promotions.
    HR are just here to support management, they are not there for employees.
    Worklife balance is unpredictable. (Although better than what it used to be)
    Pension is neutral: a DC plan. Others crown corporation were good enough to revert to a DB plan to retain employees. Not here
    Quality of new hires is on a downhill
    There are so much change happening these days that it’s becoming very bureaucratic. Processes are very heavy.
    Place is packed with consultants who manage projects after projects with no signs of improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Build carreer plans with your employees and stick to it.
    Promote logically and eliminate favouritism
    Improve recognition
    Consider switching the pension back to a DB plan
    Bring back the “fun & cool” feeling of working at EDC

  3. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great organization with a clear mandate to help Canadian business prosper and increase exports. Lots of training available, including formal on the job language training .

    Cons

    Its a small organization and predominantly in Ottawa. Nice building though.


  4. "Underwriter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    excellent work-life balance, great people

    Cons

    your career will stall for a while when you get more experience


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great organization to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Crown corporation that values employees

    Cons

    Career progression limited unless in Ottawa


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, work from home, nice gym, good recycling, great building.

    Cons

    Ridiculous targets, weak Executive team, lack of focus or direction, slow decisions due to multiple layers of approval, poor corporate climate

    Advice to Management

    Setting targets is not a strategy. It’s just the desired outcome.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Principal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    work life balance
    people are great

    Cons

    bureaucracy
    lack of courage to make bold decisions
    entitled employees who resist change

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it seems"

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

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits and very friendly coworkers, a great gym.

    Cons

    EDC talks a big game, but the way senior management makes decisions about staff and people demonstrates there is little care for people and well being of employees, especially mental health and work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your decisions about people management will have a long term effect on your business.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Business Development"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Business Development in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and good gym

    Cons

    Currently going through change has made the entire organization extremely shady and unfriendly


  10. "Organization in General"

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    Current Employee - Leadership Role in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Leadership Role in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work at and great team environment !

    Cons

    Reasonable benefits. Ambitious targets within a short span of time.