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City of Calgary Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
66 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perhaps the best part about working at CoC was the work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Many flexible work options, including compressed work week and teleworking (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Each of the business units has its own culture and many offer additional benefits to their staff (in 3 reviews)

  • Can be hard to stay in the City because of Union red tape (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Employing their buddies and cronies

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Calgary (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Public service ... doing a job that benefits all citizens

    Cons

    Certain senior individuals forget that they are public servants ... paid by the taxpayer. They feel they can do whatever they like, ruin people's careers and never be held accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give jobs to your buddies and cronies. Labour Relations in cahoots with the management ... never asks the employee for their side of things. Good people dismissed because of petty politics. I have written to the Mayor about this ... no response or action. The senior guys feel they are immune and can do as they please. Very bad deal for the taxpayers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Silos, red tape, political

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Systems Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Management Systems Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at City of Calgary full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Perhaps the best part about working at CoC was the work-life balance. It is easy to put in your hours and forget about work at the end of the day. On-boarding training to acclimate new staff into City culture and process is extensive.

    Cons

    Creative thinking and new solutions are not encouraged. Very little autonomy and discretion afforded to staff. Managers tend to either micro-manage or engage in "drive-by" managing; City culture doesn't appear to reward honest discussions and feedback, so you get used to just repeating the company line about whatever is being discussed. Some individuals were extremely unprofessional - missing meetings, stonewalling projects - and there didn't appear to be any way to get them or their management to care about it. Responsible risk-taking is actively discouraged; if it's not the safest possible play, just don't do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your people to think about what is important in doing a job - not just following a rigid process and filling out mindless templates. Trust your people to offer valuable, creative solutions. Seek more feedback from the rank and file about how your middle and upper management layers are performing, but the employees giving that feedback must feel safe - i.e. anonymous - so their feedback will not harm them in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bloated team size

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at City of Calgary full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Near transit. Women in management.

    Cons

    Poor pay for Calgary. To many people on a team (not enought work to go around).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are hiring people who are capable of doing their jobs. Let them. Reduce team size. I was on a team of 4. The team could have handled the work with 1 person.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok place to work if you really don't like change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Safety Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of different industries within The City of Calgary. The work / life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    The longtime employees are reluctant to change, the systems are at least a couple of decades behind, tough to get meaningful work unless you're part of "the inner circle".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Good enough" really isn't good enough. Learn from other more progressive municipalities and industries around the globe (not just Edmonton).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor place to get ahead for smart people. Management show favoritism in Supply Management. Lower pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, every second Friday off.

    Cons

    Very political. Limited way to develop your career due to internal politics. It would seem that managers like to give preference to their friends and other people they like. It is apparent if they do not like you as they will pass you for promotion.

    The interview process is a joke. Most of the people can tell you who is going to get the job before the process is complete. Sr.Management will "highly suggest" that certain people apply for the promotions.. and no surprise, these people get the job.

    It should be a fair and transparent process but to everybody in Supply Management who has been working here, we all see how these people manipulate the process and award it to their close friends. Very disheartening and shows little integrity.

    It is also good to note that it is a unionized environment. This means that there are those who will rat on you if you leave 10 minutes early. Even though you came in half an hour early, they have to accost you due to the "perception" that you are leaving earlier. My goodness, in all my years I have never seen adults being treated like children. They give you a "warning" that somebody is watching you..... really? What sort of environment is this?

    However, if you are a permanent employee or a favorite, you can go on 15 min smoke breaks 4 times a day. But a temporary worker would be scrutinized. Sorry state of affairs in Supply Management. Who has time to be "watching" when people come and go? Laughable.

    I really feel sorry for temporary people. Just get your experience and leave. That is the best course of action. They will not promote you , they will not develop you, they do not care.
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop placing your friends who are unqualified into higher positions. You are draining the work force, especially in Supply Management. Most of the superstars or qualified young employees leave because of this type of favoritism. Don't be old dinosaurs who are scared of change and try to protect your pensioned jobs. You are destroying the City of Calgary's reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average place to work. If you want stability this is the place. No an exciting place to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Analyst

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stability. Pay is not bad and comparable to private sectors. Great life/work balance. Most of the people are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and redundant processes. Management have no idea on how to make the organization becoming more efficient. Lack of training opportunities. Very political driven.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Glad to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Worker in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Contract Worker in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at City of Calgary

    Pros

    Easy and relaxed atmosphere
    Employee respect is good
    Pay and Benefits package is good
    Work is plentiful

    Cons

    Can be dishonest when it comes to pay
    There's a need to record everything you do to cover your @$$
    Many managers just coasting to retirement
    Little to zero feedback for work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time working with staff
    Spend more time actually doing your job

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    greatest job in the world, worst employer respect possible

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firefighter in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Firefighter in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at City of Calgary

    Pros

    Being a firefighter is the best job in the world helping people while haging out with a group of guys its like being on a big hockey team.

    Cons

    We have a very poor management team that believes that the more people in management the better it will get, this is their only solution to poor moral of the work force, they do not and don't want imput from the work force. As well the city does not negotite with us, many people have gone their whole careers working under contract for only a few months at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your work force, and outsource your ideas to other city fire departments, follow some of their management structuring, too much wasted money on management pions.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Try another employer....

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

    I have been working at City of Calgary

    Pros

    Great employer for someone who is not looking to work very hard, move internally to other positions and don't care how they are treated. Salary is above average for administrative positions. Well designed health and wellness programs. Many flexible work options, including compressed work week and teleworking.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no focus on career development or progression within most business units, except for probably for one. Violations of the respectful workplace policy are tolerated. Atmosphere is very casual, with many people wearing khakis, sweatpants, t-shirts, etc. Education is of utmost importance and therefore the organization is very credentialized, unless you have a degree it is hard to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what employees are telling you and what is clearly visible on employee survey responses annually.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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