Alberta Health Services

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Alberta Health Services Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
77 Reviews

3.7
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Alberta Health Services President & CEO Vicki Kaminski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay, awesome collegues, love home care (in 6 reviews)

  • I had opportunities to move up to full and better part time positions (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has little to no concern for staff and patients (in 2 reviews)

  • hiring process or through referral (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Too many politics to get innovative and effective work done

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    Former Employee - Communications Advisor  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communications Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People truly work here because the drive of the business is to care for patients; all Albertans.

    Cons

    The many levels of bureaucracy here make it a very long process to implement any innovative/effective new programs or processes, even if they will save time or money in the end. This stifles creativity and makes employees feel powerless. AHS is essentially a puppet of the government and if the minister doesn't approve, it doesn't happen. The minister also conceives of things he thinks should happen and they must happen immediately, resulting in a daily scramble to kowtow to his wishes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give managers, directors and VPs more leeway to approve new and innovative processes and programs to be able to truly improve the system and health care for all Albertans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good salary and benefits, horrible work environment

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, large enough to have growth opportunities

    Cons

    Managers do not know how to manage staff effectively (at least when it came to some who were automatically carried through amalgamation).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training opportunities to those in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The work environment in my department was simply toxic. Management was totally hostile to staffs.

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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 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay was decent compared to industry standard.

    Cons

    The supervisor was very abusive and rude. The guy was a total corporate psychopath.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Completely disfunction organization

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The pay is decently competitive, very excellent benefits for non-union staff, and generally very friendly and kind co-workers.

    Cons

    HR is a joke. Some people don't get paid for months at a time, the hiring process is awful, and absolutely no attention is given to new hire orientation or set-up. Entire management organization is plagued with people who cannot make a functional decision and who aren't professionally trained in how to run a large corporation. Management IT systems and decision processes are about 20 years out of date. There is a management culture that has no interest in improving things, and many high level staff are severely under skilled in basic computer and organizational skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to do a major clean-sweep of upper management. There are some good people, but way too many people who are too inexperienced in inept to do the jobs they have. Stop promoting nurses from within to management, and hire some actual, experienced business professionals to run the business side of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    IT Management is not very organized at the bottom

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    Former Employee - IT Co-Op  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Co-Op in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I could sit there all day and do nothing and still get paid

    Cons

    I got bored, not fulfilling, not challenging and I had no motivation to do a good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove some layers of management, to many managers over managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty of growing opportunities in this big, new organization

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    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  Red Deer, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Red Deer, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Multiculturalism is a definite plus as one gets to work with people from people from different background. Growing opportunities are also aplenty if one stays loyal and professional in this big, new organization. Working environment can be laid-back depending on where one works. Overall compensation package is pretty good for someone whose looking for a job with high job security.

    Cons

    In order to climb to the top, one might want to be good in playing politics. Departmental structures can be disorganized and often times run by someone whose less qualified resulting in constant attacks from the media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way too many rigid and outdated policies are in place. Hire someone who has a vision, someone with a track record of achievements, NOT someone who has been in the government sector for far too long or someone involved in the academia because real world and textbooks rarely mix in senior/executive management. Eliminate red tapes, cut out politics, and come to a consensus as to how to move forward positively as an entity instead of playing politics in order to defer real world problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    This was a less than optimal workplace.

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    Former Employee - Patient Concerns Consultant  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Patient Concerns Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Gained some knowledge and skills that I didn't previously have

    Cons

    Workload unmanageable
    Poorly remunerated
    Organizational structure is always changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to feedback from departmental staff

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked in IS department and it felt like a dictatorship

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay was decent and the various benefits were great, given that AHS doesn't really pay for training it's nice to have the Flex benefits which you can put towards training. Liked that they have a pension plan.

    Cons

    Very Big brother like atmosphere, left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing. The politics in this organization is horrible. Not much room for advancement unless you take a position on in another department. They generally don't pay for training, if it's free, no problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a manager is hired, they should be hired based on qualifications and not who they know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    " If harassment and head games are your thing then jump aboard "

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Adequate compensation and decent benefits package
    Great bunch of talented, caring and dedicated frontline staff
    Employer stability

    Cons

    A very political environment that attracts and promotes a plethora of highly unskilled managers that resort to intimidation and bullying tactics in a variety of working disciplines within the organization. Management fails to recognize the laboring contributions of their greatest resources and that their success is largely attributed to acknowledging their staff rather than resorting to victimization and bullying tactics. Very poisoned work culture that is the product of it's poor unskilled managers and archaic style of management. General lack of regard for employees in all disciplines resulting in lack of job satisfaction due to the above mentality. Huge head games played here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to learn to personal biases aside upon arriving to the office and stop listening and promoting threatened brown nosing sociopaths who resort to regularly defaming colleagues because of their own personal insecurities and jealousy. Participate in course selection that educates you on the benefits and rewards of listening to frontline staff, execute these skills of coaching, mentoring and empowering both direct reports and frontline staff to achieve the best possible results in any given situation encountered. Your lack of regard and compassion for the trials and difficulties of your staff are strong verifiable indicators that you lack the skills associated with good management .

  11.  

    So where else are you gonna get a job in a hospital....??

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decen't working environment if management heavy now compared to previous smaller regions.

    Cons

    Attempts to curb waste and mismanagement have resulted in mismanagment and huge vortexes of waste.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider the "too big to fail" idea behind a huge publi-corporate structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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