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Old 02-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Has anyone here worked for Environment Canada or know anything about them? How is the learning experience and pay wise here? Specifically for co-op but if you know anything about how the labs operate that'd be great

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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Never worked with them, but my economics TA used to work with them.
Being a government job, pay will be decent for sure and the shit ton of benefits. According to my TA, it was a pretty chill job but you may be annoyed by all those levels of bureaucracies they have in there.

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:17 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:19 PM   #4
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i believe i interviewed with them for a technical position (non-student) many years ago. pay i'd say was so-so only but being gov't the benefits were good. downside (or upside depending who you are) is that the position required a lot of travel...particularly to remote areas up north. seemed like an overall decent place to work at from what i remember, speaking with the senior guys that were interviewing me.

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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Depends on what you do.
some co-op position starts at around 15 or so.

it really depends on your experience and education. with a degree you can get 18 for entry level and it goes up from there
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:41 PM   #7
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Did two coop terms there a couple years back. Pay was around 18.30 IIRC. I mostly did database related work so it was fairly easy. The bureaucracy of a government job did not really affect me since my position didn't really require me to request access to anything that would require many layers of red tape and approval.

Overall I had a great time. My manager was nice and I enjoyed having the freedom to step away from my desk at any time which I guess is inherent in most office jobs. I also enjoyed being able to surf the web, watch YouTube, and stream online radio at my desk. As for the learning experience, I guess I got a lot of practice with Excel and one of their proprietary database programs and a bit of report writing so it was pretty good.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #8
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I did 4 terms total, I pretty much agree with what above poster said. I loved the chill laidback environment.
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