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The experience can be more or less agreeable depending on your specific role and temperament. If you are someone who loves routine and security without needing to be intellectually challenged or creatively stimulated, you could be very happy here.Pros: The work is generally low stress. The management goes out of its way to appear fair. Depending on your job, you may be able to work 100% remotely. The medical benefits for your family are very good. Cons:Again, depending on your job, there may be little room for advancement. The managerial level is like a parallel universe that seems to move through departments with the ease of a hurricane. There is very little creativity. The only funny guy on my floor got fired.


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Busy office, you can move up if you are interested

You can always move up and be promoted if you are interested in doing so and do the work. Also not supposed to be political, but lots of political comments in the meetings and boardrooms (public servants should be impartial and keep their opinions to themselves in the workplace) , this can take its tool. Federal government pays better than provincial or municipal.
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  • Fair pay for job
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Très difficile pour le morale de l'équipe endroit négatif et patron qui attendait juste leurs retraite

Très belle endroit très mal dirigé centre sportif et house clclub personnel absent à cause de la direction.


Fonds de pensions


Mauvaise ambiance
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Love my job

Challenging, fast paced and no day is ever the same. Interesting and always learning. Typical day at work is working with and assisting public with any inquiries, including problem solving.
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Productive, rewarding job

Typically 12 hour shifts in RCMP detention cells. Most rewarding part is knowing I make a difference in someone’s life at probably some of the worse time in that persons life.


Safe workplace, free lodging, per diems and free travel to and from work.


Long hours
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Good place for those who want to esquivante and get to top position

What is the best part of working at the company?Vacation/personal/sick days, pension planWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?À lot of changes (management, budget, procédures)What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Everyone is for themselves, you cannot make friends What is a typical day like for you at the company?Work, trainings , work, meetings,
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Very demanding and not a lot of care for employees

I worked in Service Canada and they micromanage you and make it impossible to accommodate your health needs even when advised by a doctor. Managers expect a lot but don’t deliver as much.
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Work life Balance - Stability

Good work life balance and stability.Not innovative or fun. Can be very bureaucratic but generally people are nice, and the work is ok. However you have people who are extremely busy and others who are bored. The workload is not consistent.
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Rewarding Career with great Benefits and a great work life balance. A lot to learn at first and report writing. Working in the community you get to meet many contacts
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Lots of information to learn and although there is an info source to access while on a call, it often got very confusing to find the info you needed and stressful knowing the caller was on hold.


Good pay, benefits, pension


Stressful job
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Great Job!

Great pay, great union, great job! I enjoyed my coworkers, and I found the work challenging and fun. Would go back, but had to leave for a personal reason.
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Love the pension

Everything is done twice because of English and French, which means Everything takes twice as long to get approved. Things move slowly. News release writing is not news room friendly... You're forced to write in bureaucratic terms. Pro.. if you dislike your workplace or boss things change frequently.. you never have to work with the same people for more than six months since people move around.
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Too much power centred on one person.

I feel that the Manager's have too much power vested in them and there is no one to question their decision especially when it comes to hiring and firing Contractors. Its more like based on their emotional attachment to the person.


Good Pay


Too much authority on centred one person
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Way too much expected from their employees

Do not EVER work for the EI call centre. Way too toxic of an environment. Your work is constantly being assessed and it’s never in a positive way. The “experts” are overly critical of your work (if you add an extra space between wording or don’t add a period at the end of a sentence then you get marked “wrong”. You are expected to be a human computer. The 10-12 weeks of training they put you through has very little in doing the actual job. Worst job I have ever had and I had many many days where I felt completely stupid and not confident at all. There were quite a few occasions where I was so frustrated and stressed at the end of my day that I cried. I had a headache every day and felt nauseous. It got to the point where I dreaded going to work. Above all of this there is a series of tests that you are required to pass but even if you do it’s still not good enough. This is such an awful place to work that they have classes that start every month for new hires. Zero retention here. My class had over 20 people to start and only 4 are still working there. So if you want a job that reduces your confidence to zero then go ahead and work here.


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Toxic work environment, way too much is expected from the employees.
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I quit working for the government because of the lifer attitude in so many departments. Though the pay and benefits are good and far surpass the value of work completed
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Informative and good trainers

Training week was very helpful. Knowledgeable instructor who prepared me well for the job role to succeed at my government job. Good lunches. Friendly co workers


Good working atmosphere, knowledgeable and dependable mangers


Long hours, not good benefits
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high stress environment

good pay. great pension. very high stress environmentmanagement is below averageoverall job is good. environment can and is very challenging. Dont expect employer to provide support.
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Keep your nose down and watch your back

What is the best part of working at the company?Not many layoffs. Defined benefit pension What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Incompetent leadership. Or managers who just don’t careWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Task oriented. Uncaring. You can be replaced attitude. What is a typical day like for you at the company?The work can be interesting. My days were dealing with taxpayers and solving problems…not theirs, but why their income was low. Tons of paperwork, buried in it.
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Enjoyable work environment

There is opportunity for growth and continued education. I enjoyed the job as it provided a sense of purpose and my coworkers were great to work with. Excellent benefits.
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GOC is a for better or worse. However they have very ambitious goals, which is both admirable and challenging as this entails some growing pains. Work environment was very good as was general culture, and the owners tried to be helpful.In some cases it seemed as though the company was not quite ready to support the position I worked in. In addition, salary was not amazing, (although that's likely partly on me for not negotiating better). 9 hour days are common which seems unnecessary to me given that multiple studies have shown productivity isn't maintained for that long.
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Great place to work

Great place to work. Love it here. Won't be leaving anytime soon. Great coworkers. Good benefits. Good pension. Nice people. Happy to work here. Will stay.
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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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