Administrative Assistant | Vancouver, BC | Apr. 26, 2012
there is no such thing as promotion w/i the public service
Fact; You are required to compete for each position that is created or that becomes vacant. You could be asked to "act" in a vacant higher classification/paying position for 1-3 years and then have to compete for it and not obtain it. I find that where other Federal Departments advertise within their department, RCMP advertise most often outside of their Department for competitions which could mean a "higher classification and pay level for someone within the RCMP who, in my opionion, is very qualified and suitable to do the job as proven through their "acting". Their is no loyalty by management in their departments or the RCMP to the people (PS's) who work within. Most often the excuse for not obtaining the position is "suitability", which tends to be subjective and whether or not you are "liked" by whoever is on the board or managing that particular unit. It is discouraging when you continually compete for slightly higher classifications which you have either acted in or obtained the necessary training and courses and cannot pass the "competition" process and someone from another department or from outside is successful. However, you may have been continually told that you're doing a great job! Someone with no RCMP experience, someone without the courses and training that your own department has provided and paid for in order for you to obtain "certification" . Once you are "black balled" in HR or by a "superior" who you may have had a conflict with (and yes it happens when
Prosregular pay cheque, benefits, flex work week, 37.5 hour week!
Consno promotion system
Police Officer | British Columbia | Jun. 13, 2019
Currently employed GD Cst -E Division (bc)
In a word.... horrendous! If your considering policing anywhere in Canada, run the other way and forget about this organization. In every way there is little future promise this wobbling upside down pyramid will survive.
The draconian, antiquated, 19 th century style of policing in the modern age is unsustainable. It's currently imploding as I write this. Staffing anemic at best, and getting worse.... If it were possible. Working for this force has taught me, from the inside out, how a 150 year old entity can perfect a Ponzi scheme so massive you wouldn't believe it till your on the inside. Management are fabulously overpaid, disconnected, slugs reaping the rewards of a desperately abused but talented work force. As was already said, the public has no idea what they are getting for the money they pay. Surrey is an example of a city that saw the light and acted swiftly. Every municipality needs to pay attention!!The emperor has no clothes folks!
The only salvation for the good people who slave everyday and risk their lives and sanity to serve the public in this entity, is the promise of one day watching it crumble to the ground. A complete overhaul and re-build is critical.... If not then complete dissolution. Working conditions are not just terrible they are extremely dangerous... Walmart style policing is what they are feeding the public, but folks are too foolish to pause and take notice. They are decades behind in efficiency and modernization, and have long passed the op
ProsThe frontline people are amazing!
ConsEverything else... They rank 78 th overall for a reason!!
Police Officer | British Columbia | Feb. 24, 2020
Great place to start
Written by a police officer in general duty with 2-3 years experience plus relevant past experience in mental health and law enforcement.
Serving in a middle size to larger size detachment with 75 + regular members
Your positing and location will affect your experience. For example in BC the RCMP does a lot of the policing outside of the Lower Main Land (fills in the gabs) and even in parts of the LMD (Burnaby, Richmond etc.). Your experience will be different if you are posted in a small 3 person detachment up north compared to a middle size or larger (75-100 + member detachment).
Cons: being away from home and loved ones, posted across the country, Colleagues (A type personalities) can be stressful and difficult to work with. Clients that "don't like you and don't like police", criticism from everywhere- colleagues, public and supervisors. Lots of forms to complete. Lack of time to complete follow up investigations and Crown reports. Pressure to perform. Taking that 4AM Domestic right before end of shift and your tired.
Pros: If you work hard you will be respected and rewarded. Advancement. Move around the country if this interest you. Different sections/ specializations. Pay is supposed to get better with incoming Union. Talk about mental health is more prevalent. Push for ongoing courses and in-house and online learning is continuous.
Overall, I've had a good impression and my colleagues and work environment have been positive and I’ve had a good exposure
Corporal | British Columbia | Sep. 10, 2019
Secure Job, Horrible Management, No Representation
I've been a member for over 10 years with the RCMP. The job is secure, your co-workers tend to be like minded good people. Lots of opportunity to progress or try different job opportunities, however the promotion process is flawed with non-applicable testing etc. The downfalls lay with the organization and management. Pay is horrible and being a federal organization with no representation you will find more support and much better pay with a Municipal Police Force. Transfers in the RCMP are horrible, the fee structure for services such as home inspections / lawyers etc. are out of date and don't cover the full expenses so if you get placed somewhere you don't plan on staying this is something to keep in mind for down the road. Members often pay out of pocket to move locations. Training is great for some units and detachments, non-existent for others. The National Police Federation is on it's way in to provide a framework for representation but realistically is years away. Managers within the RCMP tend to be those willing to move around and often those who advance end up in positions they don't necessarily have the experience to be in. There are obviously many exceptions and it is typically luck of the draw for who you may be end up working for, competent vs. incompetent. I would definitely suggest policing as a career path, however if I was to do it again knowing what I know now I would focus on Municipal Departments and steer clear of the RCMP.
Guard | Fort Good Hope, NT | Sep. 16, 2013
A learning experience
On my shift, I'd regularly check on the prisoner, clean up if there are anything out of place, organize the workplace and visually check the prisoner(s) instead of relying on the security camera. Must adhere to confidentiality of any activity in the cells or who was placed in the prison cells. When I first started, I wasn't very organized, much less cared about it but it did make it more manageable to find important papers. Now today, I can't stand it if the workplace is messy or if anything is out of place.
I rarely work with other guards unless there's a serious situation, which is in fact, rarely. The only time I see other guards is if we have shift change.
Probably the difficult areas in working as a guard would have to be; forget how they behaved in the cells if they have given me a hard time during work. Or if there is unexpected change on the hours where we have to remain at work longer than usual. Overtime is never a problem for me unless there were plans ahead of time.
Going along with change of hours is no problem for me, I have a lot of free time and pretty much no life. So the only interesting thing I like about the day is working.
The most enjoyable part of the job that I can think of is getting called to work early in the evening and work until morning. I like working long hours.
So I have to say, this is probably the best jobs I ever had/have.
But the only problem is that, it's not fulfilling enough
ProsLong hours, good pay.
Surgical Technician | Alberta | Feb. 13, 2020
Do more with less pay and staffing levels than other police forces.
After over 12+ years with the RCMP I am disappointed with the organization. I thought I was joining the best police force in Canada, but sadly I was not. At about year 6 you start to see how things run in the RCMP.
The good; history of the RCMP, with the coming union the management in Ottawa knows things better on track and they are at least trying to get our equipment up to date. We have nice horses.
The bad; The RCMP has no planning for equipment or training (our equipment is not very good, eg. our pistol went out of production in 1999 and we have no replacement for at least another 3+ years), it took multiple member deaths and inquiries to get us carbines, always short staffed, have slow outdated computers, promotion system flawed, little to no compensation when transferring and you loose money on your house (your screwed if you bought a house in Alberta in 2014 and are transfering), always a lot of hot air from Ottawa about how things are changing in the RCMP to the public but at the front line Constable level nothing changing but more forms to fill out, the RCMP has a 1800 number to for the public to complain about its RCMP members, policy on what to do for a investigation is impossible to find on the rcmp infoweb and not easy to understand when you do find it....and on and on
So bottom line, my advice is to join a muni force or join the RCMP for 2 years and jump ship to a better police organization.
Public Servant / Municipal Employee | Salmon Arm, BC | Sep. 12, 2013
Positive, forward thinking, open to new ideas, willing to learn.
A typical day at work is different each week as duties are rotated amongst employees. Having worked in a police environment for 17 years has provided me with many challenges, duties and skills required in this job along with dealing with the general public both in person and over the phone which is for the most part not pleasant due to the many issues people report to the police. I have no issues with management or co-workers and get along with all. I have very strict self-imposed work ethics, which makes me very neat and accurate in everything I do. I find myself to stay calm and positive and always open to new challenges and ideas. The most difficult part of this job is dealing with emotionally distraught people and the stress it can bring when the days get really busy. The only negative part of my job is sitting at a desk most of my work day. The enjoyable part of my day is when a stranger gives me a compliment for being helpful in their situation or just a general positive compliment - which happens on rare occasions. Even if it's only that I have a nice calm voice on the phone and people are willing to provide me with their information which otherwise they would have given to a member of the RCMP.
ProsFlex Fridays - one Friday a month off.
ConsToo much sitting in front of a computer screen.
Police Officer | Vancouver, BC | Dec. 10, 2012
Needs some changes to enhance recruitment and regain public trust
After 27 years with the RCMP, I have had a good career. I enjoyed the commaraderie with my fellow officers. I will miss the people the most. I have had bad experiences with higher management and as a result my chances for advancement has suffered.
The hardest part of the job was looking after my people. The worse thing you can do in the RCMP is stand up for your people. Management in the RCMP needs to take a step back and really take a look at how they treat front line police officers.
The best part of my job was when I worked National Security. When 911 occurred, I was working National Security at the time. That day will always be with me. It was a time when my work really took off. The feeling of trying to catch terrorist's was very profound. I had the opportunity to work closley with other agencies such as CSIS, the FBI, CIA, the US Secret Service and other international enforcement agencies.
I also enjoyed the Protection Duites when International Dignitaries visited Vancouver. I had the opportunity to meet and protect many world leaders over the years.
Prosred serge - canadian icon.
Consmanagement abuse of workers needs to be addressed, sooner than later.
Nurse | Surrey, BC | May 21, 2019
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Chronic staffing issues has left us with an unrealistic case load of +120 files. Dealing with unhappy members who were off sick for months without contact was a regular occurrence. Coming back from any time off was stressful because there was nobody really covering for you while you were off.
Low pay (less than what the nurses make provincially), and the benefits are horrible. The Indeed information stating that nurses make $150k is incorrect; I believe that is the pay for the doctors. On top of that, the Phoenix system is a nightmare - incorrect pay, missing retroactive payments and pay increases, the pay stubs are hard to understand that you have no idea if you're even getting paid correctly or not. Vacation accrual is dismal.
They are supposed to pay for your nursing license, but if the manager doesn't like you, you won't get reimbursed, despite this being a part of the collective agreement. Educational funding is also a joke and will barely cover anything.
Bullying is commonplace within this company. I have never been at a company where there is such multi level apathy towards bullying.
ProsFlexible work hours
ConsEverything else - pay, benefits, work environment, work load
Peace Officer | Quebec Province | Oct. 15, 2020
A great place to make a positive difference
For someone who loves a challenge while making a positive difference in the world, the RCMP is a great place to be. One must be ready to meet the demands of a paramilitary organization, but there are many opportunities to shine. Training is constant and work is variable according to the area to which one is assigned, but there is the opportunity of travel (locally, provincially, nationally and internationally), and one makes lifelong friendships in the process. The down side of the work is that policing as a profession is currently at a low point. Anyone wishing to enter this field must be prepared mentally and physically to deal with violent situations, be ready for controversy, posses a high tolerance to stress, and be prepared to come face to face with the worst in humanity. However, the rewards of providing an essential service to the community can also be like nowhere else.
ProsSalary, good feeling when successfully dealing with people in difficult situations
ConsShift work, dealing with people in difficult situations, public opinion
Questions and answers about Royal Canadian Mounted Police
What is the work environment and culture like at Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
Asked Oct. 17, 2017
Do not work in the 911 dispatch centres of the RCMP. The training process is brutal, you are set up for failure.. made to look stupid and blamed for mistakes. No support from management. The place is full of bullies. Terrible place to work
Answered May 13, 2020
Poor. Poor. Poor.
Answered Jul. 19, 2019
If you were to leave Royal Canadian Mounted Police, what would be the reason?
Asked Oct. 9, 2018
I left due to all the bullying, lack of management and promotions to ppl who are not qualified.
Answered Sep. 30, 2020
Horribly incompetent management that views its subordinates as promotion or political tools only.
Answered Sep. 7, 2020
What should you wear to an interview at Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
Asked Sep. 6, 2017
Full suit, professional business wear
Answered Jul. 20, 2019
Business Suit for men and equivalent for women.
Answered Apr. 18, 2019
How should you prepare for an interview at Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
Asked Jun. 14, 2017
Be completely honest. Know going in why you want to join. Make yourself knowledgeable about the force and what it does across Canada.
Answered Jun. 2, 2019
Learn and be able to use STAR question and answers.
Answered Mar. 31, 2019
How would you describe the pace of work at Royal Canadian Mounted Police?