Government of Canada
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friendly coworkersbut little advancement opportunities w.o being bilingual and networkingManagement depends, most are very supportive, some are micromanaged.too much paperworks and bureaucracy.For IT classification, salaries are too high for some (example, technical support help desk) but fairly low for application development (who need to update knowledge constantly to keep up with tech)

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friendly environment

Cons

little advancement opportunity w/o being bilingual
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High caseloads

Interview process from start to finish was 18 months so don't expect to hear back right away; human services positions are frequently short staffed.

Pros

Work from home 3-4 days/week

Cons

Poor work/life balance
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Time and location flexibility
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Great job to work at! You feel like you have a purpose

Loved what I did there, did not like the way they handle employee review/mentoring. If you make what somebody above you perceived as an error you can be dismissed, even if you can prove you were within protocol and guidelines set forth by those above you.
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Secure but low pay

It really all depends where you work. As a software developer you could range to be working on legacy systems that have been there for longer than you've been alive, to internal tooling that barely anyone uses and no one knows about, to critical systems where you're working 24/7. You are definitely underpaid as a software development and advancement and HR processes are tough and convoluted. Pray that you don't fall victim to our horrendous pay system. There are moments where you feel like your work has meaningful value and those moments you will cherish

Pros

Work life balance is excellent. Very secure job, you're very unlikely to be fired

Cons

Work can be very boring sometimes. Compensation and advancement is not as it should be
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Slow pace

Slow pace environment not too challenging but because of that was psychologically burning. Still if you have the right team leader experience might also be better
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It’s a tough position

Definitely the most mentally straining job I’ve had. Something that is definitely not for everyone. You have a huge responsibility to the people to do your absolute best. Don’t feel bad if you don’t make it to the very end. Phoenix pay system was a big pain to deal with. Everyone associated with your roll understands what responsibility’s you have and does their best to make your day better. Take your breaks, you need them.

Pros

Amazing people

Cons

Mentally straining
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Secure and Great Places

Depends on the department, but can be awesome. Pay is potentially less competitive at higher levels but benefits, work/life balance, and security is really key.
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Very interesting work and many positions within the BSO group. Friendly and polite staff to work with

I always thought my work had a real purpose. Working with people from across Canada. Learning and changing with every new day. Representing many other government agencies. Work was a delight.

Pros

Free lunches twice a year. Pot luck dinners on special occasions.

Cons

Long drive to work. A lot of time spent away from home.
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Micromanaging and constantly being scrutinized

Chained to your desk and dealing with micro managers and being scrutinized and listened to all day long. No opportunity to move around to other departments or jobs

Pros

None

Cons

Horrible work place
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Great work place

Of all the places I have worked this is one that I enjoy the most. There is a lot of change and a lot of things to keep up to date on, but if you have a good memory, and a willingness to learn it isn't that hard to keep up with things.
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Great place to be

Overall a really good place to work, depending on which organization and team you work for. Once permanent you have the opportunity to move around and try new jobs across various organizations.
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Awesome place to work

Training, promotional opportunities, comraderie. Language training opportunities as well. Great opportunity for full time permanent job and opportunity to travel and work in national headquarters

Pros

Gain great experience

Cons

None
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Relaxing place to work

Easy going, which can be good if you're looking for work life balance, but not great for developing industry leading skills, and the slow pace can sometimes can be frustrating
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Really Just Meh

Working for the government is exactly as one would imagine. Boring and bland. If you get lucky, you will find yourself on a wonderful team and that will for sure make your experience much more enjoyable. If not, days can be long and the work can be repetitive.

Pros

Stable, benefits, good pay

Cons

strict hierarchy and very little room for individuality
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Great benefits

3 weeks vacation to start excellent work place. Good benefits excellent work environment. Equal opportunity employer. Great work life balance. Good time off.
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Great Job and benefits

Great job and good benefits. Lots of training provided. Managers are willing to listen and are flexible with work life balance. Strong french language skills are essential to move up.

Pros

Good benefits and salary

Cons

Need french to move up
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Loved my job

Loved my job but due to illogical, unethical, and unscientific vaccine mandates I lost it. Otherwise great team and fulfilling work. Bringing back unvaxxed but may lose again
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Stable work - hampered by the slow pace of governmental change

Decent place to work - frustrating at times due to the slow pace that government can sometimes move at but flexibility in work hours and decent compensation make up for it.
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Short term employment, long hours

Very long hours, up to 15 hours a day, but we got paid well. Management isn't amazing I found, it really depends on your supervisors. If the location is hot, then it's really hot typically with a ton of voters/customers at any given time, and when it's not hot it's ice cold, there isn't anything to do typically.

Pros

1hr break; guaranteed work

Cons

Long hours; Breaks are not hard and fast, you may have to work through them.
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Productive fun place to work

Support from managers and happy working there, really helpful support staffs and plenty of resources. Really liked going there. Good pay. Liked the environment
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Nice environment with good pay but zero job security

If hired for any position below SP04, the job security is 3 over 10. Most times with a good performance you can be told to go home after the end of the contract and your contract can be terminated earlier if the workload is very low.However, it's an amazing place to work in, good pay, work life balance, great support system.

Pros

Good pay, work life balance

Cons

Close to zero job security, work pressure because production is all that counts
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Based on 390 reviews

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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
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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