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The Conference Board of Canada Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2019

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The Conference Board of Canada CEO Susan Black
Susan Black
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  1. Helpful (27)

    "EVERYTHING IS FINE!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board of Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Our employees are always getting to meet and work with variety of new colleagues. We produce top of the line research into organizational performance and leadership development. We fully take these practices to heart in our offices, thereby contributing to a harmonious work environment. In-person staff feedback is resoundingly positive.

    Cons

    Any negative sentiments towards our organization and its leadership team must be borne from a sense of entitlement by employees who deserve to, and probably already have had their “positions terminated”. No sweat though, our compassionate HR team are experts in quickly re-hiring the same positions every year to year-and-a-half. Those who have defied the odds and managed to keep their jobs have done so based purely on...

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    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, weather the storm, some other vapid cliché. Let’s all pat each other on the back and continue to proclaim that we’re one of Ottawa’s top employers with a viable business strategy and bright future. We should also invest more in planted Glassdoor company reviews.

    The Conference Board of Canada2019-04-04
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great work life balance"

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

    I have been working at The Conference Board of Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Flexible hours and great work life balance - Friendly knowledgeable staff - great benefits and vacation

    Cons

    No cons, great place to work.

    The Conference Board of Canada2019-05-03
  3. Helpful (10)

    "What’s worse, the hypocrisy or the incompetence"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Conference Board of Canada for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Even negative reviews consistently identify great co-workers and interesting work as positive aspects of working here. This means this organization has two of the fundamentals to succeed. Which begs the question ....

    Cons

    Where to start? The hypocrisy? The harassment and bullying? The lack of diversity? The sheer ignorance of leadership? The lack of humanity? I could go on. How has this organization gotten away with this for so long? Promoting workplace mental health for example, and making money from it, while tolerating a toxic culture and ignoring the mental health of its employees. Claiming expertise about innovation while stifling...

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    Advice to Management

    I’d offer some advice here but who thinks for one minute that they’d listen? Leadership is not interested in what anyone has to say for the simple reason that they don’t care.

    The Conference Board of Canada2019-06-05
  4. Helpful (10)

    "Wicked Problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Since taking office in May 2018, our new leadership has overseen one of the most prosperous transformations in history that will surely feature in a Harvard Business Review case study some day. Notable achievements include: -cutting 25% of our workforce in 12 months and pretending nothing has happened -forcing staff to post on glassdoor since there is no way for them to voice concerns internally without losing...

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    Cons

    We used to have many problems but they no longer exist now that we have a new website.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work enterprise wide and tackle wicked problems.

    The Conference Board of Canada2019-06-02
  5. Helpful (16)

    "Consistently Bad and Destructive Choices Leading the Org to a Dark Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Conference Board of Canada full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Experience for junior researchers to get publications - Mentors available - Fun events for staff throughout the year (though I hear this is now much reduced) - Interesting work topics - Opportunities to learn through work

    Cons

    Since CBoC somehow managed to get all of their negative reviews, including mine removed, I'll take the time yet again to voice my concern in the hopes that people who are considering working there will reconsider. CBoC has had a very long history of harassment in the workplace as well, this is not new. In reality, the work environment is as toxic as one could imagine. Working here has caused irreparable damage to...

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    Advice to Management

    Significant effort must be placed in improving the culture. This requires listening to employees at all levels and fixing deep culture issues. Some of that takes healing, and recognition of the trauma that has been inflicted on employees over the years. The Conference Board needs to take some serious responsibility for the harm they have caused to employees and stop hiding and making excuses. If not, employees will continue...

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    The Conference Board of Canada2019-05-17
  6. Helpful (15)

    "Awesome place to work as a middle aged white man"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Great place to tackle wicked problems and market aggressively through an enterprise-wide view in a values and culture based environment in order to empower and inspire leaders to build a stronger future for all Canadians through our trusted research and unparalleled connections. As a middle aged white man, my contributions are highly valued by our fair and thoughtful dear president. I highly encourage anyone that...

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    Cons

    None, this place is simply superb! Only challenge is I need to take four (4!) buses to get to work. Perhaps the only other substantive challenge about working here is the office tends to thin out a bit early Friday afternoons and leading up to holidays and long weekends. Other than that, the cafeteria food is tasty, our HR team is the best in the game, and I would give this place 10 stars if I could because we are truly...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Don't let the haters get to you!

    The Conference Board of Canada2019-05-17
  7. Helpful (16)

    "Award-winning HR Research!"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    The best HR research in the business. Read our work on compensation, diversity and inclusion, healthy workplaces, etc

    Cons

    We do the complete opposite of everything in our HR research. We are anti performance-based compensation, not diverse and anti-inclusiveness, and have an extremely toxic workplace thanks to our inept management. There really is little good to say about working here.

    Advice to Management

    Year one of the new regime has been a nightmare and if we are completely honest with ourselves, we are in worse shape today than when the new regime came into power. We are all aware of our financial mess which has only gotten much worse this year. Lets stop blaming others, spending time on glassdoor, and start reading our HR research so we can figure out how to clean this mess up. Perhaps you aren't best equipped to...

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    The Conference Board of Canada2019-05-14
  8. Helpful (13)

    "The Conference Board is not a luxury goods retailer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    -Flexibility -Friendly and smart staff -Decent benefits and vacation allowance. Average salaries

    Cons

    Wow, this place is a mess. For many years, staff have sought to diagnose what ails the Conference Board. The organization is in the same predicament as other traditional news/information outlets in the sense it is struggling to compete in an environment where many of the same services are being offered for free or lower fees by other sources. We all recognize this challenge but what really ails the Conference Board...

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    Advice to Management

    The Conference Board is in the business of selling knowledge and connections, not purses and coins. Our leadership team needs to take a serious look at the mirror and ask themselves if they are up to standard. As a data-driven and evidence-based organization, we already know the answer.

    The Conference Board of Canada2019-05-16
  9. Helpful (15)

    "Fighting one fire after another"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home and your own hours however leadership recently (unsuccessfully) tried to scale that back

    Cons

    Nepotism has become commonplace which has destroyed morale. Staff have been removed and then replaced with personal friends of the executive team, even if the replacements have no qualifications or are horrible team players. We have had recent cases of new directors being hired and terrorizing the building. Thankfully one of them left on their own accord shortly after Christmas but another one remains despite a multitude...

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    Advice to Management

    It is very clear after one year of our new leadership they are completely clueless which means this story is unlikely to have a happy ending.

    The Conference Board of Canada2019-05-12
  10. Helpful (13)

    "How the Conference Board Performs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    We do a great job of masking our dysfunction from the general public

    Cons

    We produce regular report cards on "how Canada performs." Here's how we as an organization perform: -Morale: F -President: F -Executive team: F -Wicked problems: A+ -Values and culture: F -Staff stability: F -Respectful workplace: F -Compensation: D -HR: F -Marketing: F -Management: D -Training and development: F -Employee engagement activities: D -Financial sustainability: F -Innovation: C It is no...

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    Advice to Management

    We have a Black Future

    The Conference Board of Canada2019-05-12
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