One of the most dysfunctional IT units in government
IT Staff (Current Employee) – Ottawa, Ontario – 12 March 2012
It is difficult to put a finger on what has made IDRC a less pleasant place to work over the past five years ago. Current leadership has attempted to align the centre's work with political priorities that are not appropriate. At the top, most staff have little confidence in the current president, who care not a wit for non-program staff and activities. Most critically, IDRC has also gone from being small to being medium-sized, and this has resulted in the culture becoming obviously more bureaucratic in several areas.
IDRC has one of the most dysfunctional IT units in government. Any work that relies on the success of a team is rarely completed. Leadership both micromanages and fails to properly support staff. IT managers have little sense of what users actually want, and instead fetishize standards and policies that are increasing irrelevant.
Be warned: this is not a unionized workspace and IDRC staff only have the same access to federal government jobs as the general public. Layoffs mean termination, not potential transfer to another part of government.
four-week vacations, excellent benefits
few opportunities for advancement, no access to government jobs, poor management