Originally Posted by MasterOfReality
No, because not all public sector is not for profit or undesirable.
Although we were majority funded by government, industry kicked in as well and often we undertook consulting jobs. The resources available to us were second to none.
+1. I read the article, and I agree with a lot of what was written, but it really does depend on the department you're in, and what you do. Examples off the top of my head:
1. A buddy of mine works in an in-house management consulting arm of the federal government. They get a basic operating budget like any other department or agency, but they're expected to network with other departments to get contracts to cover the rest. Employees above the analyst level are expected to bring in business, and managers have performance targets (one guy who interviewed me told me his target for the FY was $1 million in new business).
2. Our statistics bureau operates, more or less, on a cost recovery basis. Their analyses are available to other government departments and the private sector, but you have to pay for it. This is supposed to spur better analysis.
3. Our postal service operates like a business - which partly explains why shipping from Canada is so much higher. Canada Post has to compete with private carriers for business, it tries to offer innovative services, and has been profitable
Anyhow, my $0.02.