INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTRE Employee Reviews

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The work IDRC does is excellent, the brain power wandering the halls is staggering.
Communications (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON20 August 2015
The work IDRC does is excellent, the brain power wandering the halls is staggering. Bilingualism is a must. They have been experiencing high rates of turnover and restructuring for the past several years and it have contributed to a bit of uneasiness in the staff, but that seems to be easing now. The hardest part of the job is the workload expectation balanced against the amount of staff available to work on projects.
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Working toward a better world, great in-house culture
Cons
Education snobs
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Too short lived
Reference Librarian (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON5 September 2013
Didn't have time to develop enough but it is an interesting place.
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A place where change happens
Research Officer (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON31 May 2013
An excellent opportunity, and a group of intelligent and motivated people making real change in the world
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One of the most dysfunctional IT units in government
IT Staff (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, Ontario12 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.
Pros
four-week vacations, excellent benefits
Cons
few opportunities for advancement, no access to government jobs, poor management
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