Various Roles (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 13 February 2018
Working at Natural Resources Canada is enjoyable overall. The Federal Public Service offers good pay and benefits, and opportunities to work in diverse subject areas and work environments, from office buildings to laboratories.
Good pay and benefits if you have an indeterminate position
Hard to move around or up if you don't have French
Good place for research with a very student friendly environment
Simulations Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Ottawa – 4 March 2017
I worked on a modelling team, aiding other teams and companies in computation simulation of fluid dynamics. The workplace had a good workplace culture with a notable number of sports and activities provided for co-op students at lunch. The hardest part of the job was teaching myself computational fluid dynaimcs, CADing software, and other software required for the job, but never taught to me in my undergraduate degree. A lot of independent studying and research was involved.
Engineering Assistant (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 8 February 2017
Ideal job for an internship, you have a lot of freedom in this job to explore. The people are all great and easy to work with. Pay is also very good for a student.
The job is very laid back, many times I would find myself without any tasks to complete with nothing on queue from my managers. You can make use of your down time though by shadowing engineers, or exploring different software tools they have available.
Professional, productive and friendly place to work.
Travel Coordinator/Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – Ottawa South, ON – 24 June 2016
- very professional yet friendly environment and co-workers - enjoyed being able to ensure the smooth flow of daily office operations - enjoyed handling all the department's travel and learning new skills
Database Administrator (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 14 March 2016
Everyday duties include:
Checking emails in the morning and working with clients. Viewing and entering metadata from new releases of publications. Working with co-workers in my own office. Managing what we include, exclude and modify the database. Hardest part of my job is to make sure there are no errors in the data I enter. Once saved it is accessible by the public. Getting here everyday and loving the atmosphere of office life with my co-workers and bosses. Love it.
Word Processing Operator (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 5 January 2016
Work with NRCan for 24 years, formerly Energy Mines and Resources, starting in 1989 until 2013.
Worked different level of jobs, started as a Word Processing Officer, than changed to a clerk, than Finance and Administration.
The hardest part of the job was being affected in 2013 while I was told that I needed to looked for another employment. That's when I moved to AADNC (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada) in Gatineau QC.
Program Officer (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 28 November 2015
Pretty good work place for the most part. Co-workers are amazing! Just avoid 2nd floor in building 1 if you can, its baaaaad news. I learned a great deal and made a few life long friends in the process.
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – 18 September 2015
Duties included design and development of internal web site and supply design work for conventions and tours. Was also part of a number of committees responsible for planning events that were held throughout Canada. Some design projects completed includes manuals, calendars, post cards, larger formatted posters, annual reports, monthly newsletters, and a number of smaller projects. Other responsibilities included coordinating all out sourced printing projects with local and national printing companies and also managed small printing and supply budget. Also responsible for updating intranet site at main office. Was also responsible for 500,000 for the communications department
I am friendly and like company of my friends. I believe in mutual respect and helping in work if there is a need. I learned about building houses, and energy savings. My coworkers are great and there is no politics or disrespect among us. So far I did not encounter hardest part in my job. Every day is enjoyable day.
Upgrading Engineering Co-op Student (Former Employee) – Devon, AB – 18 December 2014
Everybody working in my department was extremely helpful. A great place to learn about the oil and gas industry, I got the chance to participate in on-site visits. Worked in the project management side of things.
mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 30 August 2014
Everyday a new task need to be done. We had to input the Canadian Buidling Code into the CandQuest software and run the software for the results. that was a very interesting job because you have to find the error and the reason in case the software fails.
Social Science Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 30 May 2014
I was a research assistant with the social science team at the Forest Service. At the beginning of my term I was given list of papers which I was required to annotate in addition to other assignments which I received during the course of the contract. The hours were flexible as long as I completed the required hours within the term period and my supervisor was extremely understanding when it came to time off due to personal or school purposes.
I mostly read and annotated the articles provided and conducted other searches in the middle to give myself a break from reading. I was given my own office and my supervisor mostly left me to do my work with little to no supervision. However, he was always available when I needed help understanding something. Furthermore, he edited my work once it was complete which helped me not only improve my writing skills but also gave me an opportunity to discuss the research to gain a better understanding of the subject matter.
Overall this was a great learning opportunity!
the cafeteria had amazing food
sometimes reading such technical papers all day became very difficult
Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 6 February 2014
Typical Day at work would start with about and hour of lab maintenance, before setting everything up for test and regular culture transfers, feeding etc. Once everything was set up and cultures were fed tests were started, maintained or concluded daily.
The team I worked within was a lot of fun to work with, management and my supervisors were all good humored, helpful and it created a great working environment.
The most difficult part of the job was working through problems that didn't seem to want a solution. Were some frustrating moments when tests were not going as planned or completely opposite to expected but eventually the answers were found.