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Updated 24 March, 2019
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  • "Too much red tape to get anything done" (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Work pace is slow. Colleagues are friendly. Managers are willing to provide opportunities to develop skills. Good to maintain work and life balance.

    Cons

    Work pace is too slow. Afraid can't get used to working in private sectors.


  2. "Fantastic exoerience so far! Very diverse workplace and lots of opportunities for mentorship and growth."

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    Current Employee - Emergency Management Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Emergency Management 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

    there are lots of opportunities for professional development, such as mentorship programs and inclusivity initiatives for underrepresented groups.

    Cons

    The same challenges that all large and bureaucratic institutions have. Management in my division can be slow to adapt to issues.

    Advice to Management

    Implement 360 degree staff reviews a d better business management basics in divisions.

  3. "Support Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work is easy
    lots of help and resources to solve problems
    people are nice
    good benefits/pension

    Cons

    work is boring
    highly competitive to advance, lots of people in flux looking for positions
    salary less than private sector

    Advice to Management

    support employees that work hard and want to move along to more challenging positions by recommending them to others in management


  4. "It's not what you know....it's who you know"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    decent pay and benefits,

    Cons

    I like to follow rules and guidelines and the OPS has them for a reason. Far too often these were broken and no one seemed to mind. Family friends with no experience were hired for plum positions instead of posting jobs, staff just moved . from department to department so the union wouldn't force them to post a job. Some staff hadn't received a pay increase in years because management "forgot". It was always a challenge when I raised these issues as I was viewed as trouble but the reality is I wanted to make sure everyone had a fair chance at applying.


  5. "Employee Relations Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance and decision making autonomy as well as job security

    Cons

    Compensation often is frozen falling below industry standards


  6. "Senior Program Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Program Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - benefits
    - union (job protection)
    - some workplace flexibility

    Cons

    - pay freezes (salary increase not inline with inflation)
    - bureaucracy (inconsistent direction and difficult to get decisions made)


  7. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Hours are flexible and job security. Work life balance is great. Less Pressure.

    Cons

    A lot of inexperience people gets hired and not enough oversight of management. Sometimes people can be lazy. Pay is not the greatest.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees

  8. "Title"

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

    I worked at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and great people

    Cons

    long hours, high demands on lifestyle


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Young professionals beware"

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, sometimes salary and work life balance

    Cons

    If as a young professional,  you join the OPS via any OTHER method than the Ontario Internship Program (OIP) be prepared to sit in administrative positions for years with little to no opportunity of growth, watching the interns (who have practically no professional experience) be handed on a silver platter, all of the opportunites you work hard for and consistently ask for. Also be prepared to slowly lose motivation as you're surrounded by individuals who only are willing to work their 7.25 hours per day and who are literally counting down the days to retirement - even when they have over 20 years left. If you are motivated and hard working and care about your professional growth just be aware the growth is slow and cumbersome within the OPS.

    Advice to Management

    Support the growth of young professionals. People are not satisified sitting in admin roles for their entire lives anymore, this isn't 1970.


  10. "Program Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Program Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Program Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salaries, flexible and diverse career development. You can move around to a completely different ministry on secondment and not lose benefits.

    Cons

    Experiences vary from ministry to ministry so you barely ever know what you're walking into (some areas have a terrible culture but others are fine). Red tape can be demotivating, as can working for a government you don't believe in.

    Advice to Management

    Work on responding to employee engagement results year round, not just right after the survey results are released. It's transparent and we all know it.