Export Development Canada Reviews

Updated Feb 27, 2021

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Export Development Canada President and CEO Mairead Lavery
Mairead Lavery
32 Ratings
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  • "Only stick to hiring students from Ottawa mainly(in 9 reviews)

  • "Big crown corporation sometimes not a fit for all, restructuring occurs a lot(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Best company ever"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers and great work life balance

    Cons

    People are too nice and work can be slow

  2. "Good but not great"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great for early career - good responsibility - good learnings

    Cons

    Questionable middle career path. Upper limit to professional growth.


  3. "Lifestyle over money"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Inclusive, public policy over profit

    Cons

    You will not get rich working there.

  4. COVID-19

    "Very Good Employer"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Lead Counsel in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get to work on cutting edge deals with top flight people. Collegial work environment. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries perhaps a bit behind market.

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  5. COVID-19

    "Restructuration recently"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work from conditions during pandemic

    Cons

    Heavy at the top, limited career opportunities

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  6. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Risk Manager 

    I worked at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible hours

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up in the organization

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work with a lot of benefits. Growing in the company will take a lot longer if you are unilingual."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Benefits & work/life balance. Whole company is shut down between Christmas and New Years

    Cons

    French is needed for any real progress. Not really rewarded for work just for time spent in the company, which really depreciates your motivation to excel.

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  8. "Needs improvement"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Desk Jockey in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great benefits/pension - Amazing on site gym - Annual bonus

    Cons

    - archaic IT infrastructure - working from home is challenging given the poor IT services - small pay bumps

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Current CEO priorities puts purpose and people over the revenue! (Crown Corp)"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Financing Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time

    Pros

    Our purpose is to help small and medium sized Canadians businesses prosper; revenue is secondary thanks to us being a crown corp. The latest CEO, Mairead Lavery is from the private sector, and she has made sweeping changes to modernize the leadership culture. Now all the organizational groups are aligned around a clear purpose and have clear priorities. Doing something I believe in, that helps people, makes a very personally satisfying experience.

    Cons

    The leadership group was very self-oriented and ineffective for many years, as that was the leadership culture. Many of the senior leaders had been there since they got out of school, in the 80s so there was not much diversity in people or experience. But this has changed, mostly from attrition but also from bold decisions - and it is so much better now. Finally we have more modern practices and processes in lending, risk management, and leadership. I just hope that it lasts - the CEO job is by appointment so changes every five years. It's a political appointment. I don't know much about the process, but having a poor leader in place makes a huge difference in culture.

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  10. "They need to rethink HR"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Trade Advisor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Export Development Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great work, great community, great people

    Cons

    pay, work load to compensation, disorganized they like to talk a big game about how great they are but the morale of most employees is very poor (and for good reason)

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