Alberta Health Services

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Alberta Health Services Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Alberta Health Services President & CEO Vicki Kaminski
Vicki Kaminski
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Pros
  • good pay, awesome collegues, love home care (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent pay, vacation and good benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Although, Alberta health services has an online hiring process most positions are filled using the internal hiring process or through referral (in 2 reviews)

  • The gap between the lower level staff and higher is too vast so leaders are completely out of touch (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Senior Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a paycheque and that is about it

    Cons

    Very cliquey. No training. No motivation to work hard if the next three years there is no sight of any time of wage increase. Management is unsupportive.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at who you put into management positions. Just because they have letters behind their name, does not make them management material. It's called people skills.


  2. Food Services

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    Former Employee - Food Service Aide (Worker) in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Food Service Aide (Worker) in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Slightly easier access to psychiatric help. Semi-decent starting wage. Working in Alberta health services does help you get other jobs in Alberta health services because they hire internally.

    Cons

    There was no bullying, harassment, or violence prevention training for any of the staff. Mobbing was a consistent and rampant problem - leading to long term PTSD from emotional and physical abuse that occurred on and off the job. Human Resources was limited to following directions from management; who were so removed from what was happening that they were part of the problem. Management also constantly tried to force people to come and do overtime shifts without receiving any overtime pay. The union made it impossible to let go of any staff member, even if they had a record for known bullying and harassment; the representative even went as far as mocking any staff member for complaining about another coworker. Senior management was never involved, the position was constantly being filled by temporary managers who could not have cared less.

    Advice to Management

    Proper compensation for overtime hours and adherence to all of your policies, including time an scheduling, bullying/harassment and violence in the workplace.


  3. Helpful (1)

    EHO

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    Former Employee - Environmental Health Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Environmental Health Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wage is above national average

    Cons

    Deceitful management practices are too much to deal with


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    AHS

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not alot of pros, really bad environment, bad cycle of short staff and layoffs, lots of politics, payscale is ok for my classification I suppose

    Cons

    See above, mostly cons with this employer, lots of bickering and infighting, lots of nickel and diming, if you go above and beyond and do some OT, prepare to spend 5 hours arguing for every 10 mins of OT

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying people off, stop budget nickel and diming, return to patient care, stop allowing political people to make health care decisions


  6. Terrible waste of taxpayers dollars

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High salary, good benefits for out of scope staff

    Cons

    I am being paid to do admin support work or have nothing to do while everyone runs around patting themself on the back talking about what a great job they are doing. All they do is go to courses or do team building, no work that helps patients You only get promoted if you are a suck up or have a best buddy in GOA or executive Treat staff like children, micromanagement Nothing valuable ever gets implemented due to the number of egos involved trying to make themselves sound intelligent and one up each other Nothing gets implemented, you just generate useless documents

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of half the OOS people and do some value added work. Focus on what is important to the taxpayers of Alberta who foot your bills, not what is important to the Health Minister of the week Nobody cares who you are buddy's with at the government. Develop some actual character and earn your position instead of being appointed by your pals when you don't do your job


  7. Inefficient, inequitable,inaction.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Good benefits -Decent pay in some positions. - Workplace wellness perks in some locations. - If you are a clinical professional you can focus on providing your patients with top-notch care and it will over shadow the politics of AHS.

    Cons

    -Poor leadership, complete lack of consistent vision throughout the cumbersome organization, too many "leaders" and not enough people on the ground actually doing some kind of meaningful work. -Salary inequity (ie. executives attend meetings and push around ideas but never really produce any kind of impact of Alberta's health care, while nursing staff is busting out 14 hour shifts and caring for dying individuals but are being paid 1/8th of the executive leadership. In two months an AHS executive are making more than a seasoned nurse is making in an entire year) - Out of scope pay is terrible. 2% annual raise and if the economy sucks there wont be any raises at all. An introductory job that is out of scope (un-unionized) can start between 45-55K and under the HSAA they start at 68K. (AHS has the funding to ensure all salaries are fair and livable, but unless there is a union stepping up to advocate on your behalf they will do their best to low ball you during the hiring process and consequently you could be spending 5+ years to get up to the introductory salary level of HSAA positions.) -There is also an old school focus on time in exchange for money. In a none clinical role if you can complete your expected duties within 4 hours there is still an expectation that you should sit in front of your computer and rot away for the remainder of the work day. If you do take on additional work beyond your expected duties don't expect any praise or financial incentives. - Apathy runs rampant in the culture of AHS. Attend any mandatory leadership meeting and people will be totally disengaged, disingenuous and unexcited.

    Advice to Management

    -Clear cut executives and senior leadership. There is no need for senior operating officers, chief zone officers, executive directors, vice presidents and a CEO to make common sense evidence based decisions. - Offer fair salaries for all employees who have invested their time and money into an education. If you've spent 4 years getting a degree, it's insulting to be offered anything less than 65K (especially considering the wealth of the country and province we live in). - Eliminate all non-necessary employees (is it really necessary to have a Taxonomy Advisor for internal communications?)


  8. Rampant bullying

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Horrible work environment, bullying is rampant, poor quality training

    Advice to Management

    Address the bullying problem instead of just paying lip service.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Terrible boss; awful work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor, Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor, Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have great benefits and pension plan.

    Cons

    Managers who are untrained and engage in bullying behaviour

    Advice to Management

    Already advised the department's VP, explained that there were grounds from a human rights complaint but he never acknowledged nor responded to the email.


  10. Life outside of work is strongly discouraged

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of positions available because nobody stays

    Cons

    Having less than 10 years seniority and getting to choose your vacation is expected but working understaffed, compromising patient care and not getting any vacation at all was not.

    Advice to Management

    Stop compromising patient safety and staff units safely.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Upper Management is more concerned with their bonuses than patients

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The staff providing front line care ( doctors, nurses, health care aides, support staff and most lower level management) are there for the right reasons. Many of these people are putting in hours of unpaid time just to ensure patients are receiving safe care

    Cons

    Upper management has little to no concern for staff and patients. Nursing jobs are being cut and AHS is planning to lay off several RNs over the next 2 years. Patients are being sent home before they are ready. Staff concerns are dismissed and staff is routinely bullied.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about what your agenda is. Don't claim that patient care is a priority when you are slashing the numbers of RNs and other health care workers



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