Working with Canadian IDRC was a valuable experience
Senior Program Specialist (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON, Cairo, Egypt – 27 October 2017
Work was pleasure and interesting. I learned from 6 years of work with IDRC in terms of research management and coordination. It was collegial and exposed me to new realities. Hardest part of the job is to satisfy the expectations of various stakeholders.
Administrative Officer (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 25 June 2017
Enjoyed working with the other staff. Didn't feel that I was over supervised and able to contribute to making improvements to the job function. The hours were long initially but eventually became more reasonable.
Long hours, lack of ability to advance if unilingual.
The work IDRC does is excellent, the brain power wandering the halls is staggering.
Communications (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 20 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.
Working toward a better world, great in-house culture
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