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Updated Jun 25, 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

Pros
  • 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)


Cons
  • 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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    1 person found this helpful  

    So much potential....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent salary and benefits. The flexibility can't be beat with flex time options, compressed work weeks, etc. Sometimes it truly feels like we are serving the public -and that feels great.

    ConsIt's a "defensive" culture. Lack of security with constant re-orgs, and public scrutiny create a culture where everyone is trying to protect or defend the work they are vested in. This culture filters right down to the lower levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe entire corporation needs a severe culture shift where it feels like Administration is working WITH Council...not simply trying to please them. Need to sell the benefits of our work to the public, rather than always focusing on cutbacks (I suspect in the end most re-orgs often "undo" themselves and in the long run they can actually cost more money).

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    Changing culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsQuality benefits, possibility for work-life balance (depending on the business unit), good wages, training opportunities, health and wellness at work, great employee and family benefits program, solid recognition program, opportunity to join co-workers for after work activities.

    ConsEach of the business units has its own culture and many offer additional benefits to their staff. The City isn't a cohesive corporation but rather it is decentralized and offers a wide spectrum of work environments and cultures. You must do research before starting at The City, especially if you're looking for a cultural fit. There are some business units with terrific internal culture while others are toxic. There are also some new concerns on the horizon as The City looks to young candidates to fill management positions. There are pros and cons to young managers/leaders. The pros are that they are interested in innovation and change and are looking to new technology to achieve this. The cons are they have limited managerial/leadership experience making it difficult to report to them. The big con related to limited experience is that most don't have sufficient experience to set strategic direction and allocate resources properly. That said, most employees are very professional and polished and optimistic

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a bad place to work

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsSalary, benefits are decent. Stability is good.

    ConsToo much middle management meddling

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the workforce

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A highly political environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany of the people at The City of Calgary are dedicated to making our city better.

    ConsLike anywhere, there are a few bad apples. Some employees forget they are there to work for the common good and not just for themselves. I've also never worked at a place where people watched the clock so closely - cubicles were full at 4:29 and empty at 4:30 pm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are a lot of talented people there--ensure they are supported and challenged.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job for the first 27 years but now it seems like they want to get rid of the old timers and has become a miserable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsJob security, vacation time and return home every night.

    ConsManagement changes tend to be very stressful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemind your middle managers about respect in the work place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Reasonable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork - Life Balance. Compensation is Reasonable.

    ConsCulture of Fear results in lack of innovation or change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosstable benefits diverse large central

    Conspaperwork bureaucratic
    political no turnover flooding

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    tons of career opportunities

    Infrastructure Manager (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsInteresting, rewarding work for the common good

    Consworking in a union environment can be a challenge

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good workplace bu short sighted

    Business Process Analyst (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsThe CoC has very good flexible work options. You can stagger start & stop time, and work within various extended hours over base 35 hrs to earn a day off every 2 or 3 weeks.

    ConsI worked in a variety of "limited term" roles, ie positions funded by capital budget rather than operating budget. Even though the need for the role would always be there, the position is temporary and you're always looking for the next job. Downfall is that they train someone for two years only to let them go when they are making their greatest contributions.
    Also administration had a knack for defining policies for which there was no way to implement, sustain, or enforce.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Employed through a agency the City of Calgary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe City of Calgary is a nice environment.

    ConsNoisy, due to the cubicles. Limited chance of direct employment since they use agencies to fill positions. This is due to budget structures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHaving so much knowledge in a long-term agency employee is not good for the City.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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