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Workload is non excessive, people are great

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Great compensation and people, education may hold you back though dont let it deter you from applying. The work-life balance is easy to maintain and the location is great
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Good place to workFlexible ManagementGood working teamsThe team was very kind for me and they learn me many things about servers management , SQL app, etc...
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Impactful work

I enjoy working here and am challenged all the time. I envision spending the rest of my career at the NRC as long as I am able to reach the next level(s).
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A top rank organization with high standards and a very rigorous recruiting process

The NRC iis a world class R&D organization with state of the art facilities and the most qualified professionals in the country. Management is competent and fair, but in the past few years the continuity of some important projects was unfortunately affected by political changes at the federal level in Ottawa. Despite this, NRC is one of the best organizations I have worked for, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.


Very sophisticated, highly qualified people, fair remuneration, excellent work environment


Excessive bureaucracy and expenditure rules, typical of government agencies
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Not impressed with the management style, they spend all day long in meetings

It’s a government agency with many many policies that stop you from being very productive, if you’re happy with being complacent and being paid to not get much done then it’s a place for you. It wasn’t the place for me. Many lazy people work there, and when you are productive like myself you don’t make many friends working real hard at this establishment. People are very complacentTo get paid and not accomplish anything


Holidays, paid sick leave


No job security I had a permanent position and got laid off
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Welcoming and diverse. Excellent community. Well-managed.

Work schedule is relaxed. Work done is more important than time spent. Quality and safety are prioritized over speed of output. Care is taken to ensure employees are informed of concerns regarding all facets of safety, ranging from physical through intellectual. Even ergonomics (often ignored by more corporate facilities) are closely monitored with yearly surveys and fund allocation. Safety officers are almost obnoxious in their efforts to prevent accidents of all kinds. Thanks to them, lab accidents are almost unheard of outside of minor spills.The hardest part was finding something productive to do while waiting for necessary supplies or incubations.


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Difficult to get permanent employment
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Great Work Life Balance

Great Place to learn new things. Flexible timings Many Campuses Best Research Centre in Canada Comfortable work and people work with highly experienced people
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Productive and interesting place to work for

The company does a lot of testing of Aircraft engines. It was an exciting and good company to learn in Instrumentation. The company still does ongoing research and its a great place to learn.


Go team atmosphere


Slow environment
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Working on a team of professionals in order to develop scientific solutions that will further develop the country and make the lives of Canadians citizens and others better is great.
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It was flexible, productive, good compensation

Literature search, design synthetic routes, apply those synthetic routes in the lab, analyzing those results, was the most enjoyable part of my daily job
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Stable but not stimulating enough

Stale workplace - needs change to accommodate job growth and career development ambitions at all levels. Tends to be beaurocratic and over-administered.
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Always new problems and great management

Management was approachable and very helpful. They made the group feel warm and welcoming for me and my fellow student employee. I had a pleasant time working there.
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Great team of people at ARG

Had the opportunity to work with ARG on contract. Great group of people, with a fair management team. Would definitely recommend working here (if you get the chance!)
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A stable workplace with good work life balance

NRC has a good work life balance and as a government job, is very stable. Administration and bureaucracy can be a bore sometimes though. Overall is a good place to work.
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Productive workplace with very nice people

Very nice and welcoming workplace with people who are always ready to help. Never a dull day at the office, there is always something to do or someone to help. Getting used to the system can be a little confusing but everyone is willing to help always.
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Work is of high quality, highly competitive, men are preferred

I had a two-year contract and could not obtain permanence because my male collegue was 20 years younger than me, had lots of kids and jobless wife,both born in Canada, one kidney and schooled in Canada. When from two probationary only one gets to stay, it will not be the woman staying.
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Demoralizing, pointlessly bureaucratic.

- IRAP in NRC is a Govt Agency but NOT a Crown Corporation. - So NO horizontal movement into any other Govt organizations to similar positions at an equivalent salary scale. - Job title and salary DO NOT necessarily translate into an intriguing work life, let alone a promising career path. - Workplace culture is poor, stressful and unproductive; consisting of repetitive tasks, incompetence and inefficiency. - A lot of micromanagement and emphasis on documenting and inflating every minute steps taken in order 'to show off' the amount of work done. - A large number of people at the later stages in their career, waiting to retire with no motivation to do something effective or cooperate to improve.


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Demoralizing, pointlessly bureaucratic, stressful, no career development.
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Highly scientific and interesting place to work

While the workplace culture is typical of that of most government jobs, working at the NRC is highly rewarding. The calibre of the employees is top notch and the equipment available for use in testing is world class.
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Ideal environment for contractor

The work was interesting and varied. Subject matter experts were readily available, keen to share their knowledge and understood the role of the technical writer and how it contributed to the overall success of each team. Contractors were well treated, always included in meetings and made to feel part of the team.


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Good place to work

The working environment is great. Poor management, a lot of useless meetings, a lot of publications without many sense. My boss was not a good manager.
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Good colleagues, bad upper management and support

Colleagues and supervisors are knowledgeable, good opportunities to tackle large scale research projects. Too many mid-level management, bureaucracy and red tapes. Little communication between departments, no/little IT support, they cause more problems than solving. Lack of ambition. This is a research council and should do more research in public interest.
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