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

  • "They do offer a course you can take for interview skills, it does help, otherwise it could be a long process to get on permanently (and full time)" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Great working environment
    - Work/life balance

    Cons

    - Slow work
    - Very political


  2. "Work is interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is a pro!

    Cons

    Not sure what to say.

  3. "OPS"

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    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move around within the OPS, Networking opportunities

    Cons

    Precarious work conditions for contract workers

    Advice to Management

    create full time permanent positions


  4. "Great organizational culture! and high performing teams; but not for one's full career"

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    Former Employee - Policy Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Policy Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good organization culture (Best organization for work/balance)- Great work culture for anyone new grads and young adults through organizations like TOPs, mentorship programs etc.

    Ability to advance quickly to gain more responsibilities and gain experience in a specific subject matter areas through projects, assignments and policy development

    High performing teams - The culture contributed to the development of high performing teams and thus made collaboration on projects easier, fulfilling and seamless. There is also training- for things like project management, legislation, career development, etc.

    Cons

    "gravy train"- At times work itself was mediocre, boring and repetitive

    Lack of Innovation- Any process or procedure which seems new to management is not supported

    All 'gigs' - However this depends how you see the situation. I enjoyed the subject matter and how it fit my interest. I liked the ability to explore interest; however, gigs were short timeframes.

    Old office spaces and technology made collaboration difficult and frustrating when needed.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "Web Development Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Government is famous for its benefits and pension plan packages. The tasks are divided to very concise manner.

    Cons

    In terms of technologies used, this may not be the most well known place for trending technology. While there are units specialized in tech, other units' technologies are meant to be supporting the daily tasks. There are websites last updated many years ago. In order to update the sites, the approval process involves multiple layers. Elections may play influences.


  6. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Decent pay, good benefits.
    - Smart, driven co-workers.
    - Work can be interesting depending on the branch.

    Cons

    - Unfair hiring practices - favouritism, nepotism, sexism. Union is a joke.
    - Top down, very hierarchical. "Analysts should be seen and not heard" attitude.
    - Lacks innovation
    - Lots of micromanagement and red tape. It is very hard to get things done.
    - Lots of smart Directors and ADMs but terrible middle management.


  7. "Good job in a tough climate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Steady work, helping Ontario achieve success

    Cons

    A lot of negativity and that we 'riding the gravy train'

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hiring practices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits, vacation, friendly environment

    Cons

    hiring only happens with family members


  9. "A great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    The people are great, the work is fun

    Cons

    Work is a little bit repetitive


  10. "Good work environment but not a lot of responsibilties"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ontario Public Service full-time

    Pros

    Great people and environment
    Decent Salary

    Cons

    Not getting a lot of work to learn from
    Too big an organization to contribute as an intern


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