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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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lack of proper structure combined with phoenix pay nightmare

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.


vacation days payout


no health benefits at all
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Fastpaced at times but rewarding and easy work

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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Constantly changing agency priorities

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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Constantly changing priorities, new hires are only for short terms (12 months or less)
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great place to work

low - stress, focus on team building. great hours, above average pay. co-workers were easy to work with. Open communication between management and staff.
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Great career advancement potential

Good working environment. Advancement potential for hard-working and diligent employees who seek to develop and improve oneself. Great benefits and pension.
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stable place to work in

Worked with amazing people, like any other place, there are good and bad, but is a very stable environment to work in, you will learn a lot if you have the desire.


good benefits
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Conduct regulatory inspections at any food manufacturing/distribution/storage etc. Monitor recalls. Conduct sampling. Submitting samples to laboratories for evaluations, taking followup activity, address consumer inquiries complaints etc. Unionized but designated essential by Ottawa.


Friendly staff, good salary


Interesting work, Lousy office location
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 – 19 June 2017
Interesting but 75 % of activities unplanned and constantly shifting priorities, FYI

Challenging and good atmosphere to work in.

The company offered training on a regular basis. There wasn't always opportunity for advancement but in this position there were challenges every day.


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Too much overtime
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Challenging environment.

Typical day consists of convincing people to do things that they don't want to do, but they must do in the interest of food safety.We have to enforce regulations concerning humane transport and handling of food animals as well as the production of food products.Good job, good career.Ready for a change.


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stress of dealing with difficult people.
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