Good work when available, decent pay and benefits.
Ideal 8-4 or 9-5 shifts. 37.5 hour work weeks. Overtime during peak testing seasons.
Skills learned are listed in the resume. Both formal in-class training and on-the-job learning. Training varies from department to department and section to section. Some top-notch, other significantly less so.
Management is what is publicly perceived regarding the public sector. Some decent managers, some not so much. All are constrained by bureaucracy and knowledge gaps / disconnect between employee needs and management / governmental objectives.
Most difficult part of the work was the perpetual term contract nature and departmental budgets. Would work anywhere from 6-month to 12-month renewable contracts with frequent breaks in service to prevent employees from gaining automatic permanency after 5 years.
Co-workers are like in the private sector; some are career-driven, others are laggards, many are in it for the benefits.
Most enjoyable part of the job was the bi-weekly paycheque.
Little upward mobility, departmental and office politics, perpetual contract nature of work.