Government of Canada Employee Reviews about "private sector"

Updated Jan 22, 2021

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Pros
  • "Work life balance is a good thing(in 106 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and working environment(in 70 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Red Tape, Risk of being micro managed, still lots of harrassment(in 39 reviews)

  • "Pay is not as good at private sector(in 27 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good

      Oct 9, 2020 - Legal Counsel in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good to work for this company.

      Cons

      Pay is not as good at private sector.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      decent employer

      Jan 22, 2021 - Software Developer 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      good benefits, pension, hours. lots of support for continuing education.

      Cons

      pay does not scale as well as equivalent private sector jobs

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      life as a public servant

      Nov 21, 2020 - Senior Communications Advisor, IS-05 in Ottawa, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      job stability, ability to move around without losing employment, benefits, pension or seniority

      Cons

      technology is not as advanced as in the private sector

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place

      Sep 24, 2020 - Director in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Lots of opportunities for growth

      Cons

      Not as fast paced as private sector

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Best employer in Canada

      Jul 3, 2020 - Senior Negotiator in Ottawa, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Unionized, health benefits, able to move up or laterally easily

      Cons

      Not as much money as private sector for some jobs. French language requirement

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good place to work

      Jul 4, 2020 - Senior Analyst in Ottawa, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Benefits and work life balance

      Cons

      Could make more in private sector

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      One employer thousands of jobs

      May 30, 2020 - Executive Director in Halifax, NS
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good compensation, lots of opportunities

      Cons

      Compensation at mid level executive is not competitive with private sector

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      justice

      May 2, 2020 - Paralegal in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      lots of opportunities to work with counsel

      Cons

      slow pace of work compared to private sector

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      If you can handle government culture, it's great!

      Feb 18, 2020 - Manager of Speechwriting in Ottawa, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Job stability. Great salary relative to private sector speechwriting. Interesting portfolios.

      Cons

      Bureaucracy. Risk averse management. Incredibly controlling management. Loss of autonomy over your product (the speech) Speechwriting by committee. A dozen layers of approvals on every product. Ministers offices that don't realize that humans write speeches and need more than 2 hours to draft something interesting. Disregard and disdain from political staffers.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Best place for young accountants

      Dec 31, 2019 - Finance Officer in Winnipeg, MB
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great work/life balance, telework opportunities and pension.

      Cons

      Government moves slowly. Your computer and technology will be older as compared to the private sector.

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