Alberta Health Services Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
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  1. Inefficient, inequitable,inaction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Good benefits
    -Decent pay in some positions.
    - Workplace wellness perks in some locations.
    - If you are a clinical professional you can focus on providing your patients with top-notch care and it will over shadow the politics of AHS.

    Cons

    -Poor leadership, complete lack of consistent vision throughout the cumbersome organization, too many "leaders" and not enough people on the ground actually doing some kind of meaningful work.

    -Salary inequity (ie. executives attend meetings and push around ideas but never really produce any kind of impact of Alberta's health care, while nursing staff is busting out 14 hour shifts and caring for dying individuals but are being paid 1/8th of the executive leadership. In two months an AHS executive are making more than a seasoned nurse is making in an entire year)

    - Out of scope pay is terrible. 2% annual raise and if the economy sucks there wont be any raises at all. An introductory job that is out of scope (un-unionized) can start between 45-55K and under the HSAA they start at 68K.

    (AHS has the funding to ensure all salaries are fair and livable, but unless there is a union stepping up to advocate on your behalf they will do their best to low ball you during the hiring process and consequently you could be spending 5+ years to get up to the introductory salary level of HSAA positions.)

    -There is also an old school focus on time in exchange for money. In a none clinical role if you can complete your expected duties within 4 hours there is still an expectation that you should sit in front of your computer and rot away for the remainder of the work day. If you do take on additional work beyond your expected duties don't expect any praise or financial incentives.

    - Apathy runs rampant in the culture of AHS. Attend any mandatory leadership meeting and people will be totally disengaged, disingenuous and unexcited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Clear cut executives and senior leadership. There is no need for senior operating officers, chief zone officers, executive directors, vice presidents and a CEO to make common sense evidence based decisions.

    - Offer fair salaries for all employees who have invested their time and money into an education. If you've spent 4 years getting a degree, it's insulting to be offered anything less than 65K (especially considering the wealth of the country and province we live in).

    - Eliminate all non-necessary employees (is it really necessary to have a Taxonomy Advisor for internal communications?)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Rampant bullying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Horrible work environment, bullying is rampant, poor quality training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the bullying problem instead of just paying lip service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Terrible boss; awful work environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor, Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor, Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They have great benefits and pension plan.

    Cons

    Managers who are untrained and engage in bullying behaviour

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Already advised the department's VP, explained that there were grounds from a human rights complaint but he never acknowledged nor responded to the email.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Life outside of work is strongly discouraged

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of positions available because nobody stays

    Cons

    Having less than 10 years seniority and getting to choose your vacation is expected but working understaffed, compromising patient care and not getting any vacation at all was not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop compromising patient safety and staff units safely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Upper Management is more concerned with their bonuses than patients

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The staff providing front line care ( doctors, nurses, health care aides, support staff and most lower level management) are there for the right reasons. Many of these people are putting in hours of unpaid time just to ensure patients are receiving safe care

    Cons

    Upper management has little to no concern for staff and patients. Nursing jobs are being cut and AHS is planning to lay off several RNs over the next 2 years. Patients are being sent home before they are ready. Staff concerns are dismissed and staff is routinely bullied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about what your agenda is. Don't claim that patient care is a priority when you are slashing the numbers of RNs and other health care workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. too bad

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    Current Employee - Leader
    Current Employee - Leader

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great people dedicated to make a difference

    Cons

    dedicated people cannot make a difference

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too much bureacracy and no accountability, constantly talking about change but little to no movement forward-meetings for the sake of meeting and not results oriented. poor performance is rewarded. hard workers given more work.

    Neutral Outlook
  8. an organization in transition.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services

    Pros

    Good benefits, adequate pay, BIG company opportunities and variety, lots of people to network with.

    Cons

    Internal Politics.
    Bureaucracy.
    Selfish labour groups.
    Government interference.
    Mushroom management style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Horrible, I would not recommend working for them.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services

    Pros

    -Not in the downtown core
    -Sr Financial Analyst role under the union agreement

    Cons

    -Bully type management
    -All proficient mgmt left a year after AHS formed, only poor mgr's left
    -Takes over 2 years to get a parking spot in the meantime you are bussed from a lot and still have to pay for that.
    -No chance for promotion
    -No accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need a 360 degree employee assessment that includes assessing your own manager.

    Doesn't Recommend

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