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Updated Jul 27, 2014

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3.3 54 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

City of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Naheed Nenshi

(32 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

  • Perhaps the best part about working at CoC was the work-life balance(in 11 reviews)

  • In most areas, the flextime and flexible work options are available and encouraged(in 3 reviews)

  • The business units operate as their own areas with no regard to the CIty as a whole(in 3 reviews)

  • There is absolutely no technical career track(in 2 reviews)

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    Absolutely Horrible!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI thought about this for quite a while and there are really no pro-reasons for this being a good place of employment.

    ConsMy experience here was quite horrible in general. I had a very tough time considering that the leadership in Calgary is just not good and I noticed a distinct lack of ability to manage. In addition, I witnessed several instances of severe bullying which I find blatantly unacceptable. Finally, the pay was exceptionally low; definitely not recommended!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Fire Dept employee

    Administrative (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsWay to break in to the labor market after extended mat leave.

    Conspoor training given to deputies on how to be a manager. Promoted from firefighter to deputy without have sufficient skills, training and experience. Very odd promotion process.

    Deputies have no experience in dealing with staff other than firefighters; no business experience; and don't realize that not everyone is secretarial. Deputies are unable to adapt their supervisory skills and are drowning in trying to learn their new job.

    Results: deputies frequent outbursts of anger directed towards employees as they struggle to cope. This directly contributes to staff quitting or accepting new positions. Others are expected to pick up the slack with little or no compensation.

    Advice to Senior Managementrethink how fire fighters are promoted

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    AVOID IT Jobs

    IT Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsI had heard that it was a huge organization and there were many different areas of operations. So, there would be many opportunities for me. I found that this was not true as IT were all centralized into one hive hierarchy overseen by a new director that didn't seem to be in touch.

    Clients in the business areas are getting nailed. Expected to delivery more services for less money need and want to get more IT services to achieve this. Not!!

    IT is being rationed and the business operational areas are being squeezed. Being left out of key decision making.

    Too many dinosaurs

    ConsNo support for IT; New director is bad for morale and not able to communicate. Director not able to understand pressures being placed on staff.

    No training. No learning opportunities.
    Stagnant, unwilling to change, no communication, outdated, wastes money

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing things the same way will always get you the same results.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    High Risk Approach with Caution

    Firefighter (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsFirefighters on the floor are great group of guys and willing to work together to get the job done

    ConsLow pay not on par with other firefighters
    Chief and deputies!!! Make decisions without careful research and facts
    Command and control structure doesn't work
    Chiief and deputies at war with union takes forever to get contracts negotiated and signed. Ends before it is even signed
    Frequent complaints by union against management before provincial labour regulations and they are ruled for the union (mgmt loses)
    Never hear things directly from the chief always heard third and fourth hand. Chief's assistant sends out an email but it is not meaningful and doesn't apply to any of us. Trivial.
    Reputation makes it hard to hire new guys; too many are retiring and there are many vacancies

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think that if you want to lead people on shift you have to meet with them face to face. And if you want to change the organization and its culture, you must communicate what you want to change to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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