Alberta Health Services

www.albertahealthservices.ca
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Alberta Health Services Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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Alberta Health Services President & CEO Vicki Kaminski
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Pros
  • good pay, awesome collegues, love home care (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent pay, vacation and good benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Although, Alberta health services has an online hiring process most positions are filled using the internal hiring process or through referral (in 2 reviews)

  • The gap between the lower level staff and higher is too vast so leaders are completely out of touch (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Job security but that

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secretary I in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Secretary I in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pension, mediocre benefits, job security, co-workers are wonderful, vacation is also a huge plus, flexibility depending on where / what you are doing with AHS.

    Cons

    Huge working environment, don't expect to be shown much overall respect, lack of employee recognition, no team building, lack of training, frustrating environment at times, pay checks are also frustrating - apparently making $52000/year really means making $40000/year when you add everything together - union dues, parking, benefits, pension, etc.

    Advice to Management

    AHS is such a huge company, and it feels that way which can be frustrating.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not the greatest

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work; it's a pay cheque

    Cons

    Below average pay. No work/ life balance:long hours ; expensive parking: no exisistent training

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff and not just management


  3. communications

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good work life balance, front line staff caring and patient focussed

    Cons

    too many layers in management which creates too many layers of approval. very siloed.


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  5. If you want to be a wage slave, this is for you!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Good pay - Good benefits - Job security

    Cons

    - Horrible management on several levels. - Local manager was brought in to make sweeping changes and essentially ruin any job satisfaction that employees may have had in our department. - New provincial processes are slow and inefficient. Many teams simply ignore issues presented to them. - Current on-call generates approx. 4 calls after work on weekdays and about 5-12 on weekends. -They keep talking about work/life balance however if you're on call, there is little life to be had.

    Advice to Management

    - Pay attention to what happens at an operational level. Know what the employees ACTUALLY DOING THE WORK are going through and have to deal with on a day to day basis. - focus on making processes more efficient and timely. - Hire more employees if you need to. essential employees need to be treated as such.


  6. A very disjointed organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alberta Health Services

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

    Pros

    Vacation and Compensation are a bit better than industry averages

    Cons

    Antagonistic and back stabbing mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the blame culture


  7. Too many politics to get innovative and effective work done

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communications Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Good salary and benefits, horrible work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

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

    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 Management

    Provide training opportunities to those in management.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was decent compared to industry standard.

    Cons

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


  10. Completely disfunction organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. IT Management is not very organized at the bottom

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

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



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