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Ontario Public Service Reviews

Updated 10 December, 2018
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  • "Lots of micromanagement and red tape" (in 7 reviews)

  • "work environment can be stressful depending on your office like anywhere else" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Operations Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Policy Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Policy Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible workplace, good structure, room to move within the OPS

    Cons

    difficult to actually get the position advertised


  2. "Good place to work!"

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

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good pay for starting out (levels off after awhile in management)
    - Great benefits for full-time employees (and for your partners/family)
    - Good work life balance, depending on where you work
    - Smart people who care about their work and serving the greater good

    Cons

    - Vulnerable to shifts in political changes, which can be hard to deal with
    - Hard to get permanent
    - Hard to get in (points-based system for hiring) and to move up
    - Getting better, but lack of diversity at the top

  3. "A good place to work and gain experience"

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

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits; opportunity to grow and develop if you're willing to put in the work; good work-life balance can be achieved after putting in about 8 years of service

    Cons

    It is a very hierarchical environment involving "team work"; be prepared to sacrifice independence and autonomy to work in the public service

    Advice to Management

    To hang on to your top performers, keep considering ways to offer professionals with a solid track record some autonomy, flexibility and independence


  4. "CSO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    scheduling is awful and pay could be better


  5. "Review by former Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good environment, pay and benefits.
    Challenging work at times

    Cons

    Might get a little monotonous sometimes


  6. "Supportive, good pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Public Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay and good supports for employees

    Cons

    Can be a but if a rat race given the size of group


  7. "Admin Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and job security

    Cons

    Politics and toxic work environment

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging

  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Great good learning experience fabulous

    Cons

    Not applicable
    nothing to add

    Advice to Management

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  9. "Great place to get experience and learn how government works"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, interesting policy work, autonomy in your work

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, difficult to advance, your policy may not be a political priority


  10. "Policy and Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ontario Public Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the location was very good
    - supervisor was extremely supportive and non judgemental of my disability ( anxiety and panic attacks)
    - working and engaging senior executives on project meetings as well briefing notes

    Cons

    There was subtle office politics that can be very toxic at times and distracting to one's well being.