City of Calgary Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
58 Reviews

3.6
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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.  

    Friendly people and good work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Calgary as a contractor

    Pros

    People are friendly
    Low stress
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Technology is somewhat dated
    Career experience may not be as good as working in an oil/gas company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    So much potential....

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Calgary

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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).

  3.  

    Changing culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Quality 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.

    Cons

    Each 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 ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a bad place to work

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

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary, benefits are decent. Stability is good.

    Cons

    Too much middle management meddling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the workforce

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A highly political environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Calgary full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Like 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 ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of talented people there--ensure they are supported and challenged.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Reasonable

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

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Work - Life Balance. Compensation is Reasonable.

    Cons

    Culture of Fear results in lack of innovation or change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Job security, vacation time and return home every night.

    Cons

    Management changes tend to be very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remind your middle managers about respect in the work place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    paperwork

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Calgary

    Pros

    stable benefits diverse large central

    Cons

    paperwork bureaucratic
    political no turnover flooding

  10.  

    tons of career opportunities

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

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting, rewarding work for the common good

    Cons

    working in a union environment can be a challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good workplace bu short sighted

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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