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Size of company: Medium (50 - 499 employees)

Industry: Recruitment, Employment Services

  • I do not recommend joining this company. It seems great for the first little while, they give you incentives and they advocate team work.

    The management there is micro-managing, if you are the type of person who doesn't have your own opinions, work ethic or pride, then this place is for you as they will mold you to be what they want you to be.

    Essentially, you will give up your entire life - even if you make it to the point where you stay there for 10+ years, you would have missed out on a personal and family life. They use guilt trips to make you feel as though you are lacking in comparison to the others on the team. Do not be fooled, this place is quite clicky, despite their "we don't believe in cliques" training.

    They will train you well, I'll give them that. Their resources are great and so is their time management model.

    However, the compensation for what is expected of you is ridiculous. They say over time hours are suggested but not enforced, and that is not true. It is not worth the experience.

    Bottom line, the decision to work here is much more than thinking if you have what it takes to work hard. I'm sure you do. Just think about your personal cost. At the end of the day, the quality of life at this job is poor - you couldn't pay me enough to stay.

    Posted on 4 July 2013 by Rater #20 | Flag as inappropriate

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Do not believe their excuses about the payment model of Public Works either. They will try to get you to work for them on an assignment for minimum wage when you apply to it, and at the same time you will see the same assignment advertised in the federal job bank for $13-$14 an hour. But, when apply to it they will try to get you to take for $11 an hour. There are much better agencies in Ottawa that will pay you much more they ExcelHr will for the same assignment. They are just crooked plain and simple and do not believe that crock about Public Works accepting only the lowest rates. Best to stay away from them.

Posted on 12 May 2015

I'm a Consultant at excelHR. The federal government dictates the model of purchasing -- they only buy from the lowest price and therefore, rates have gone down a lot over the last few years. This is not excel, this is all agencies serving the federal government. As a candidate, you have a choice to not take an assignment that doesn't pay enough. Many times our candidates take roles to gain experience that helps them get another role that reflects their qualifications better. If you have a moment, you could write to Public Works to share your experience of low wages for temporary workers. Until the model is changed, rates will remain low.

Posted on 12 February 2014

It's also a terrible agency to work for as a candidate. They are one of the worst paying temp agencies that I've ever seen. You'll be lucky to get minimum wage with them. I worked for them in Ottawa and everyone I met that was also working for them was complaining at how lousy they are as an agency. They never provide you with work assignments that are representative of your credentials and they try to get away with paying you next to nothing. Most of the roles they fill in government offices in Ottawa are really mediocre and in offices riddled with excessively high turn over. They have many clients but no actual quality work assignments. It would seem that their only clients are just bad government offices that can't even hold temps. If you are temping and looking for serious opportunities I would avoid this agency. They really just represent the most mediocre roles in Ottawa.

Posted on 5 February 2014

I've worked in the Ottawa office! It's the head office with about 50 team members. Beautiful office, dynamic group, lots of training and learning. Rewarding job once you're up and running.

Posted on 24 October 2013

Did you work in the Ottawa office, im looking at applying there?

Many thanks,


Posted on 8 July 2013

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