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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
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
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.
Difficult to get permanent employment
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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
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.
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.
- 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.
Salary, number of holidays.
Demoralizing, pointlessly bureaucratic, stressful, no career development.
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.
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.
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.