Alberta Health Services

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Updated Jul 18, 2014

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3.2 72 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Alberta Health Services President & CEO Vicki Kaminski

Vicki Kaminski

(3 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay, awesome collegues, love home care(in 6 reviews)

  • I had opportunities to move up to full and better part time positions(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has little to no concern for staff and patients(in 2 reviews)

  • hiring process or through referral(in 2 reviews)

72 Employee Reviews
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    Too many politics to get innovative and effective work done

    Communications Advisor (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsPeople truly work here because the drive of the business is to care for patients; all Albertans.

    ConsThe many levels of bureaucracy here make it a very long process to implement any innovative/effective new programs or processes, even if they will save time or money in the end. This stifles creativity and makes employees feel powerless. AHS is essentially a puppet of the government and if the minister doesn't approve, it doesn't happen. The minister also conceives of things he thinks should happen and they must happen immediately, resulting in a daily scramble to kowtow to his wishes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive managers, directors and VPs more leeway to approve new and innovative processes and programs to be able to truly improve the system and health care for all Albertans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Divine

    Coding Specialist (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsExcellent as it is duh

    ConsNothing is a big disadvantage

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    Great people, encumbered by excessive bureaucratic culture

    Senior Advisor (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsWonderful people often here because they truly want to give back to their fellow human beings. A place where you really can and do make a difference.

    ConsSize of the organization has resulted in too many leadership levels with the politics that often comes with that. Equally union closed shop is bad for freedom of choice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the depth of the leadership structure.
    Explicitly target leaders who demonstrate a directive and hierarchical style where it's not appropriate.
    Start walking the talk on organizational values at ALL levels of leadership.
    Start taking the tough decisions and removing employees who are being carried by their teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsFlexible work schedule, great vacation plan, good flex benefits

    ConsUnionized position, little room for growth, flat pay structure

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganize more training for staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to work - comfortable, but disorganized

    Contract Coordinator (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsGood benefit packages for Out of Scope positions
    Good wages for In Scope positions
    Relaxed workplace
    Great, helpful people in all areas of the organization
    Meaningful corporate mission

    ConsLeadership that micro-manages and has no vision
    Constant political interference that stalls or cancels projects
    Expensive and limited parking arrangements at most sites
    Limited training and career development opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementDisplay more transparency and communication across the organization (e.g. too many silos)
    Micro-manage less and empower employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    So Ill-managed and Too Top Heavy with Executives

    Secretary I (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsThe salary and benefits are good in comparison with other establishments. It is a good place to work for strategic staff if you are a manager and above.

    ConsToo many staff are overpaid at the senior level. Micro-managers galore. No reward and retention scheme. Organization is too big for its boots and as a result it has lost its direction and stability. There are too many meetings held where nothing comes out of them. The gap between the lower level staff and higher is too vast so leaders are completely out of touch. Also there is quite a lot of bullying and also discrimination. Resources are not utilized appropriately.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop talking and actually make what you discuss happen.
    Utilize funding more appropriately and don't run the organization as if it were a private company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good employer

    Paramedic (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsGreat wage, rewarding services, and a part of society's healthcare.

    ConsAHS is a very large corporation, so difficult to get lost.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone at this time

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

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    Good place to work

    Analyst (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsVery relaxed environment to work. Management is very good.

    ConsSalary freeze every time for 3 years

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould thing about the out of scope employes and give them cost of living increment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    very ethical professional environment

    Win7 Deployment Tech (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Prosfriendly understanding environment with professional approach

    ConsI don't see any cons to put

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

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    Great people that never get anything done.

    IT Intern (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsAmazing people come to work at AHS, the pay is fantastic. They're generally very flexible.

    ConsThe only problem is nothing ever gets done. Projects and ideas get stalled because of politics both internal and external.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind out what is keeping the great ideas that are floating around from becoming reality. Why do people that love the industry hate the company?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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