The Conference Board of Canada Employee Reviews about "flexible work"

Updated Dec 5, 2018

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Conference Board of Canada"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission to improve outcomes for Canadians Employees work on various research areas, Jobs are not narrow focused Opportunity to make an impact on public policy Flexible work hours Highly educated workforce

    Cons

    Non-profit selling evidence based analysis tough in current market conditions

  2. Helpful (18)

    "Invaluable Experience for Recent Grads.. Just Don't Stay There Long"

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

    I worked at The Conference Board of Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Conference Board of Canada is one of the most accessible companies for recent graduates with little to no industry experience. The diversity of work and amount of responsibility given to new employees is invaluable to someone looking to sharpen their toolkit. If you are lucky, you may have an exceptional manager who provides mentorship and is a pleasure to work with (which was my case). Interesting work and flexible work arrangement available

    Cons

    But there is an equal chance you will be placed with a supervisor with little to no management training, people skills and general sense of humanity. Grievances with these managers have been brought to HR, however the lack of intervention leads to a revolving door of employees. My largest grievance with this company is the lack of research expertise. I wouldn't advise anyone to draw meaningful findings from the benchmarking reports (purchased at high costs), as sample size are below 150 organizations and lack any semblance of representativeness across provinces or industry. I left the organization before the compensation review was implemented, however my new job is associated with a 50% pay increase for the same level of education, experience and type of work. I believe researchers in this company are EXTREMELY underpaid, and they will simply use it as a stepping stone to a new company that is willing to pay market compensation after they've gained a few years of experience at CboC. The lack of a union means that the organization can fire pretty much anyone at their discretion, with little to now reasoning provided to terminated employees. There is little to no job security at this organization.


  3. 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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    "They don’t walk the talk"

    1.0
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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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  5. Helpful (20)

    "Watch Your Back"

    1.0
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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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    "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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  7. Helpful (18)

    "Prospective employees beware"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Wonderful, dedicated, bright workforce, very generous with their time and energy -Good organizational reputation that provides decent workplace for young professionals (especially those lacking the bilingual skills the gov't requires) to build skills and experience -Flexible work environment (well, for the most part) -Current efforts to modernize systems and processes are needed, but tardy

    Cons

    -Frustrating "wait-your-turn" philosophy regarding promotions (not based on results or merit) -Senior leadership minimizes or denies serious problems, i.e. voluntary turnover rate that has quintupled (x5) in the last three years, coinciding with change in CEO -Incentive pay is touted as part of total rewards package, but has vanished in recent years

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues, strong work ethic"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with very intelligent, outgoing people. The atmosphere is one where people don't hoard information, they share it with each other. The pay is good (at least, for economists) and there is a flexible work environment (working from home or on odd schedules, etc). The opportunity is amazing for people just coming out of school, as you get to publish papers and conduct media interviews, etc. There is a lot of exposure.

    Cons

    Because it is a smaller organization (less than 200 people), there are not many opportunities for advancement. Expectations are high and people are often let go if they can't keep up with the workload and wining contracts. Compared to government and other organizations in the city, the benefits aren't great - especially the lack of parental benefits.

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