Government of the Northwest Territories
3.8 out of 5 stars.
Write a review

Government of the Northwest Territories Pay & benefits reviews

Review this company
Job Title
All
Location
Canada51 reviews

Ratings by category

Clear
3.8Work-life balance
4.3Pay & benefits

Search reviews

Sort by

HelpfulnessRatingDate
Found 15 reviews matching the searchSee all 53 reviews

Good workplace, good benefits, good salary

Indeed featured review

The most useful review selected by Indeed
The GNWT is a good place to work. Yellowknife is a nice city, although the remoteness is not for everyone. I recommended the GNWT as a place to work. The benefits are generous.

Pros

Money

Cons

Stressful
Was this review helpful?

Docketing

It used to be that one of the benefits of being a government lawyer, despite lower pay, was no docketing. Well, not sure about all GNWT lawyers, but my group now has to docket every minute of the day. It's torture and I don't recommend working here. Big Brother is monitoring your every move.

Pros

good vacation

Cons

docketing every minute of the day
Was this review helpful?

Insights into Government of the Northwest Territories

Based on 4 survey responses
What people like
  • Fair pay for job
  • Ability to learn new things
Areas for improvement
  • Sense of belonging
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Supportive environment

I was very pleased while working for GNWT

Great place to work, good salary and benefits, great team and the immediate supervisor I worked with. The only disadvantage is the remote location far from major Canadian cities and cold winters in Yellowknife as well as shortage of medical staff. But overall it was a great experience there and if not for my health issues I would continue to work there.

Pros

Great place to work, good salary and benefits

Cons

remote location
Was this review helpful?

Interview process is largely based on who you know not what you know.

With the current department I’m with it’s hard to get information and training. I’ve been there almost two years, whenever I ask for information I get the run around and no one wants to share what they know. Promotions are given to friends and family of Senior management. It’s a very stressful and frustrating situation.

Pros

Salary and benefits

Cons

Training opportunities, getting information required for job, work environment
Was this review helpful?

A good place to work

Hard for non native to seek full time work, cost of living high, isolation, winter road access only, lacking in fracture for sports and you must love winter
Was this review helpful?

Rate your recent company

Share your experience to help others

Not what it’s cut out to be

Micromanaged, have to request vacation a year in advance, have to call all senior managers until you get an answer if you are sick or cant make it in to work. People who actually work, also do the work for those who are there to just collect a paycheque

Pros

Salary and benefits

Cons

Everything else
Was this review helpful?

Casual Sub Teacher

Very good benefits. I enjoyed working with the children. The wages are exceptional. GNWT treats their employees with proper respect and has positive ethics.
Was this review helpful?

Outdated hierarchy structure. Union set to go on strike.

Opportunities internally for some people. For other people not part of the clique you are in a dead end job. Bonus for the unlucky ones is is putting up with bullies, egos, ostracism. Everyone trying to get ahead at the expense of others. No flow of Information like everything is top secret.

Pros

Christmas off

Cons

High cost of living so salary appears much better than it is.
Was this review helpful?

The best all around employer

A very liberal set of benefits, pension, paid time off. There is much room for advancement, a perfect place to meet people and you won't have to work more than 37.5 hours per week, not unless you want to

Pros

Work Life Balance

Cons

It's cold up there
Was this review helpful?

Great opportunities available

Great place to work. Job security and good benefits. The Deputy Minister and Minister were very good to work with and enjoyed my time there. Atmosphere was great.

Pros

Advancement for career

Cons

Long days and many changes
Was this review helpful?

great pay

You will never have to worry about being poor and get to buy a house in the north. Work is repetitive people are easy to get a long with most of the time.

Pros

you get to buy lots of things

Cons

location
Was this review helpful?

Great people making positive change

Strong connectivity to the community. Relationship between operations and community creates effective opportunities for clients. Many staff are invested in making positive influence on clients.

Pros

Salary, project participation to acquire new skill sets.
Was this review helpful?

long time in the desk

Desk support sometimes can be stressful, the management get frustrated with the workers and micromanages the work place. But overall the life in GNWT was good and the work place rewarding.

Pros

benefits

Cons

management
Was this review helpful?

Can't ask for a better employer!

Practical Nurse in the NWT working in a nursing home in Fort Smith. This little community is beautiful. The NWT government pays great and have excellent benefits and incentives. Locum work can be anything as short as 6 weeks and you can stay as long as you can. Permanent placements even give the option to bank 20% of your pay each week and after 4 years you can take an entire year off - paid!! Just one of the many perks that make NWT one of Canada's top employers. As with anywhere, you will find people both easy and hard to get along with. However, if your only reason for working north is money, you may have a hard time getting along with your co-workers, as many hate southerners coming north only to "win the lottery," then leave as soon as their bank account is full. If you take time to know your co-workers, residents, patients, neighbours, cashiers, etc., you will find it more rewarding. An adventurous spirit goes a long way. As for the weather - it's actually beautiful this far south while still north. It's right on the Alberta and NWT border so you're surrounded by trees rather than rocks and January and February are the only months that become extremely cold, though it's a dry cold. Oh, and northern lights on almost any night without clouds!

Pros

Seeing Canada's great white north, good people, excellent work environment

Cons

Alcoholism, abuse, street people, summertime bugs
Was this review helpful?

Salary and benefits are great but, getting an indeterminate posting is virtually impossible outside of the very remote communities.

The geography and scenery are spectacular and the salary and benefits are amazing. This is all used up though, paying utilities and buying decent groceries. Thankfully the people Up Here are kind and generous and more than willing to share and help out.

Pros

Amazing people and places.

Cons

Crazy expensive to get out to visit far away family and friends.
Was this review helpful?

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Government of the Northwest Territories. Our community is ready to answer.Ask a Question

Overall rating

Based on 53 reviews

Ratings by category

3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

Compare Government of the Northwest Territories with