The Conference Board of Canada Employee Reviews about "executive team"

Updated Mar 9, 2020

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  • "Several of the senior management and executive team members are known bullies, but HR has yet to address the issue(in 10 reviews)

  • "For many years, staff have sought to diagnose what ails the Conference Board(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (23)

    "Prospective candidates, beware"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    meh. every other company offers the same advantages now.

    Cons

    Were shall I start? No middle-management left, they all are leaving or on leave. more than half the employees have been hired in the last year alone. Does restructuring last two years? The executive team members are not expert in their fields of responsibility Three more (very) senior economists are gone chief economist is not even in charge of the economists (ain't that strange?) Executive team thinks the problem is the employees when it is clearly at the top. Salary is a joke. Benefits are ok. There is no room for advancement unless you're a friend of the executive. Toxic masculinity all over the place More people are on their way out.. just wait for it. HR enables harrasment by their buddiesWere shall I start? No middle-management left, they all are leaving or on leave. more than half the employees have been hired in the last year alone. Does restructuring last two years? The executive team members are not expert in their fields of responsibility Three more (very) senior economists are gone chief economist is not even in charge of the economists (ain't that strange?) Executive team thinks the problem is the employees when it is clearly at the top. Salary is a joke. Benefits are ok. There is no room for advancement unless you're a friend of the executive. Toxic masculinity all over the place More people are on their way out.. just wait for it. HR enables harrasment by their buddies

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  2. Helpful (19)

    "Disappointing experience in an unstable environment"

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

    I worked at The Conference Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on a variety of topics with interesting, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Working here was a stressful experience, thanks to the quarterly mass layoffs, having unrealistic timelines in which to produce results, and low office morale. Several of the senior management and executive team members are known bullies, but HR has yet to address the issue. This job looks good on a resume but it's not worth the drama.

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  3. Helpful (18)

    "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 is its awful leadership. We have failed time and time again to hire the best and brightest leaders with a vision on how to get the organization out of its morass. Our leadership team consists of people with experience selling luxury goods, coins, or no pertinent qualifications whatsoever to even be a part of leadership (other than they managed to get a role on the executive team because of staff turmoil and they were willing to accept lower pay). One of the most perplexing developments in recent time has been the shift away from hiring economists, researchers, and people with experience selling/marketing services towards the hiring of staff who do not conduct any of these valuable activities. In spite of the recognition that our overhead costs are too high, we continue to staff-up on the corporate services side while our revenue-creating staff attrition.

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  4. Helpful (21)

    "Bullying is Welcome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, good work life balance, opportunities to learn and try new things and pay can be decent depending on your role.

    Cons

    Bullying is welcome at the Conference Board of Canada and it regrettably starts at the top of the organization. Numerous members of the Executive Team have been the subject of bullying complaints in recent months and while each one of them remain in their roles, most complainants have been ushered out the door under the guise of cost-cutting, obsolete skills, or the complainant having an attitude problem. You would think that our new President's HR background would serve the organization well but she has weaponized her experience to shape the organization to her liking. Those that adopt a "win at all costs" mentality are getting ahead under her while genuinely good people are ushered out the door. Bullying has been commonplace at the Conference Board for years and while the organization has often been late to respond, it has in the recent past removed culprits. Under the new regime, this is yet to happen despite egregious cases of a VP, C-suite staff, a director and an associate director running riot knowing full well the President has their backing. In one particularly egregious case, an employee complained about their VP's behaviour and then weeks later that same VP sent out an email informing us that employee had been terminated. What message does that send? Perhaps it will take another "APTN News" scandal to shock the Conference Board for appropriate action to be taken. For now, the bullying continues and there is no recourse for staff.

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  5. Helpful (24)

    "A Hot Mess"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Conference Board of Canada full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    * Many intelligent, dedicated, hard-working, collegial staff — esp. researchers, sales, communications, publishing * Brand recognition for the research and impactful (policy and practice) work * Growth opportunities depending on your manager * Flexible work arrangements depending on your manager * Merit-based promotions (generally)

    Cons

    * Incompetent and disorganized Executive Team with little to know research expertise or actual leadership competency or vision * Bloated and ineffective marketing team * Low morale due to lack of transparency, communication from management, distrustful CEO and executive team * Heavy emphases in process over content * Research rigour is slipping * Undervaluing staff (and not just in terms of compensation) —mentality that everyone is replaceable, except they don’t actually get replaced * Cost-cutting is extreme but not thought or action on getting business which will affect long-term sustainability

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  6. Helpful (29)

    "I scream you scream we all get Ice Cream!!! (Just not bonuses)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people work there.

    Cons

    - Absolutely disorganized ET - Marketing VP's vision can best be described as a absolute dumpster fire - Due to recent firings, everyone has become a bobble-head out of fear if they really told leadership what can be fixed and what needs to be addressed in a diplomatic manner that they will be the next to be fired. - Morale at an all time low. After work drinks used to be to celebrate, now its so we can forget that place. Even for a night - Pay substantially low - In lieu of a bonus we all got ice cream. While the Executive Team received received one. (we still remember) - Many great people have left either voluntary or involuntarily.

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  7. Helpful (25)

    "They don’t walk the talk"

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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

    Pros

    - amazing colleagues. Absolutely amazing people pass through here. - flexible work environment (currently being clawed back by archaic minded newbies) -interesting work. It really could be (and was) a great place to work.

    Cons

    - Incompetent Executive Team, in particular the new Marketing “Leadership” Team - inappropriately low compensation - toxic culture

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  8. Helpful (20)

    "Watch Your Back"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Conference Board of Canada for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -'potential' for flexible work schedule and site -cheap parking -very smart colleagues -if you survive long enough you can leverage network relationships

    Cons

    -most toxic work environment ever worked in -very bad, if any, on-boarding yet very high expectations of hitting the ground running. Then you must keep running until you drop -worst CEO I've ever experienced (!!!!!) and worst executive team ever (reactive, arrogant, mean spirited, no conscience or loyalty) -HR practices are archaic, especially given their access to research on HR practices -buyer beware! -culture of fear and competition- each man for himself -executive salary disproportionate to the people delivering to customer -staff have no respect for CEO or leadership team -two (or more) sets of rules -staff turnover at every level extremely high -people fired for seemingly no reason and no warning, likely so exec team can hit their targets

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  9. Helpful (18)

    "Mismanaged Resources"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Conference Board of Canada full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of bright and passionate front-line employees (e.g., researchers, economists, network managers) doing great work, daily. The organization provides a flexible work environment (e.g., options for working remotely, options to complete your 35 hour work week during the times that make sense for your/your family).

    Cons

    There are serious unacknowledged issues with workplace discrimination, wage inequity, and negative workplace culture among the executive team. Their overall lack of leadership contributes to toxic managers being allowed to intimidate employees, undervalue/under-compensate deserving employees, and mismanage work flow. It is a very frustrating work environment for any employee who doesn't fit in with an "old boys club" culture, as taking the initiative is discouraged if what you are trying to do even slightly resembles out-of-the-box thinking. And while you'll be told time and again that the organization is an evidence-based think tank, there is, at times, an alarming disregard for evidence and thinking.

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  10. Helpful (14)

    "Worked at the CBoC for 10 years."

    2.0
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    Networks in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compared to what other organizations offer, I can't think of anything. Was a much better organization under the leadership of Anne Golden!

    Cons

    Durning my tenure there were lots of management changes including a new CE0. This prompted many 'layoffs' and terminations. There is an air of arrogance with management especially with a couple of members of the executive team which leads to avoidance.

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