Alberta Electric System Operator

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Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. I enjoyed my tenure at this company. Plenty of opportunities to learn new things.

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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Analyst - HRMS & Human Resources Analytics in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Analyst - HRMS & Human Resources Analytics in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Electric System Operator (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Progressive and visionary leader in my department (HR)

    Cons

    Some departments in the organization were a little resistant to change

  2. Helpful (1)

    PSMM Co-op

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    Former Intern - PSMM Co-op in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - PSMM Co-op in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Electric System Operator as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - knowledgeable people all around you
    - as a co-op, they give you quite a bit of responsibilities
    - people at the office are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    - some work can be boring
    - not very competitive pay compared to other companies in the area (i.e. oil)

  3. Helpful (1)

    Well-meaning, but ultimately dysfunctional and frustrating organization.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alberta Electric System Operator full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The AESO plays a crucial role in Alberta's electricity industry and there is correspondingly interesting work to do. There are more opportunities to advance than typically available in a utility. Similarly, there are opportunities to take on significant responsibility and learn a great deal.

    Cons

    The executive and board have difficulty clearly articulating the organization's mandate and there are often opposing views and power struggles between business units about roles and responsibilities. High turnover and poor training leads to inefficiencies and failure to comply with business practices. HR practices make it difficult to obtain necessary staff unless the business unit has a strong executive. High level of persistent conflict internally and externally.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the AESO's core roles are and focus on them. Re-organize the AESO around those roles and shed other responsibilities that are largely duplicated at other organizations.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work at!

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

    I have been working at Alberta Electric System Operator full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great culture,great salary, good days off!

    Cons

    salaries not as good as oil & gas.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great team to work with but slow to react to change.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Electric System Operator full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A very competitive benefits package. Great people to work with. Lots of interesting challenges to solve. There are opportunities to advance in the organization.

    Cons

    The organization is slow to react to change.

  7. Helpful (1)

    IT Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alberta Electric System Operator

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

    Pros

    -- There were at least good attempt to follow the standard SDLC process
    -- Pays good salary / benefits for employees and good hourly rates for consultants

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy in getting things done. Some of old time employees are lazy and arrogant and in many instances becomes a roadblock to get projects done well on time or successfully.

    Advice to Management

    -- Put some realistic performance requirements for employees and also consultants to get efficiency. Otherwise blame games shifts from one to another for not getting things done. There are also some long time consultants who feel that they are star but they are actually roadblocks in getting projects successfully completed. So remove bureaucracy and install minimum and mandatory performance requirements from employees and consultants

    -- Hire knowledgeable Managers who displays leadership rather than trying to maintain the status quo.

    -- Don't simply sign a cheque to spend. There were many instances where IT department purchased millions of dollars on expensive Servers / Hardware or solution before doing any due diligence what are the AESO's real business requirement.

  8. Helpful (1)

    A worthwhile internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Alberta Electric System Operator as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people are really friendly and willing to teach you.

    Cons

    Calgary is really freezing in winter.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great experience!

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Electric System Operator full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits package, friendly and supportive work environment.

    Cons

    Salary is not very competitive.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Good place to find work/life balance

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Alberta Electric System Operator as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, low pressure working environment.

    Cons

    The technical skills are not appropriate valued.

    Advice to Management

    Managing technology is quite different from managing people. The upper management should realize that they may be the causes of many problems.

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