CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY
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Everyone is friendly toward each other and willing to help if problem arises. Teamwork is excellent as well as communication. My team have weekly meeting which helps with our tasks and keep everyone up to date from day-to-day work.
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Because there is a group dynamic, personalities matter. The supervisors were pleasant, but some lacked a practical understanding of the job. The CFIA organization is government bureaucracy at it's worst. Workers living in the West sent to work in the East, workers from the East sent 2 hours West to do the identical job. No practical sense of efficiency. However, once I turned off my brain & only concerned myself with my personal responsibility, the work was enjoyable & paid twice as much as the private sector for similar skills. Best job ever.
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good job no weekends enforce act and regulations deal with outbreaks good benefits as well 15 sick days a year as well as family days thanks for reading
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nice to work for, very educative, information and knowledge
lot of experienced people. Lot of information was there to learn and i learnt a lot from the people there.
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Could be a great job but thanks to public sector unions (protect the lazy and incompetent), this environment was toxic. Management was a disaster, so many lazy people with a massive sense of entitlement. Cant count the number of times I heard the phrase 'I'm entitled.' Would never work in a union environment (public or private) again.
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Worked with some amazing people
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Union environment
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Worked as an EG 01 Primary Field Inspector. Overall good place to work over the summer (provided you are not unlucky enough to get Phoenix pay system errors), but would not personally choose to make a career out of it if there are other options.
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vacation days payout
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no health benefits at all
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Very good place to work. Have chances to work with high-tech equipment. Learning many new things about processing data as well as trouble shooting instrument
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stressful but interesting , running a level 3 facility that is 50 years old was a challenge. At times was difficult with senior management constantly changing
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integrity
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long hours, weekends
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I honestly had a great experience working with this company !
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Very helpful in providing information to new employees and to orient them to become a very solide new employee with all working tools required to proceed in the job environment.
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I have had nothing but anxiety and depression since I started working at Cfia, the management is absolutely horrible, they treat there employees like animals. Fallowfield location is a very corrupt facility where the managers seem to get away with anything they want. I hope they have an internal investigation.
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The job is wonderful, always learning something new, the people are amazing and become like a second family! The jobs are split into research and diagnostics.
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The pay is based on your level of education/experience. Family-feel in the office but hard-working coworkers. Great experience for students! Could offer better training however.
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The Canadian Food Inspection agency was an incredibly entertaining and rewarding job with an excellent salary and agreeable work weeks and overtime wages. The work was relatively easy with a low learning curve, even though the work itself could sometimes be fast paced and even stressful.
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Great place to work if you are trying to get a government job or into the government. They allow you to move ahead and the management is relaxed. I did my co-op term here and would love to go back to work full time.
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Was a summer student doing invasive plant and insect work. absolutely loved it.A great learning environment lots of flexibility and responsibility at the role
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The CFIA is a great place for anyone to get a job, with the right background and skills you will have no problem fitting into the job, overall great place to work!
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Excellent organization and wonderful team. They respect work-life balance and coordination of care for patients. All staff treated equally and honoured.
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Employees have very little job security. Expect to be a term employee for a number of years before receiving a permanent position. Management manipulates and shoves workers around with very little concern of employees needs, desires, or opinions.
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The agency has been in a constant state of change, since the beginning. Which is fine, if you like that but it can also give some staff a feelng of instability and uncertainty.

Hiring policies prevent most levels from being promoted into higher positions. You have to compete for those positions. People not already working for the agency are only offered term positions that are 12months or less. To become a permanent employee, you have to compete again, against other internal employees.


The role as a food processing specialist inspector is a great job if you like constantly changing priorities and you don't mind having to completely drop what you have planned to respond to a food safety investigation. And if you're comfortable dealing with difficult or demanding people (public or industry representatives).


Some days can be very busy and hectic other days more relaxed, where you can actually get some of your routine work done.


There are flexible work arrangements that support a healthy work life balance. Rates of pay and benefits are reasonable. There are opportunities for training to support professional development, if you choose to take advantage. From my perspective, the culture is more collaborative than competitive.


Overall, it's been an enjoyable working experience for me.
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Training and professional development, salary and benefits
Cons
Constantly changing priorities, new hires are only for short terms (12 months or less)
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The office is toxic to work in. The operational staff is encouraged to spy on their colleagues and report them to management. Management also expects the operational staff to donate to (unnamed charity). However management does not donate a dime. The staff work overtime and the management receive performance bonus.
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