Alberta Health Services

www.albertahealthservices.ca
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Alberta Health Services Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Overall AHS is a good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Out of Scope in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Out of Scope in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits Vacation and Personal Days Reasonable Wages Mostly good people

    Cons

    1. Little room for advancement 2. Too many Managers and Directors that do nothing more than warm a seat and attend hours of useless meetings. 3. Even though you have a good amount of vacation time and personal days you can hardly use them due to staffing shortages.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat! Get rid of the deadbeat Managers and Directors! Speed up the hiring process. Why does it take months to fill a vacated position? Stop allowing paid sick days or start rewarding those who do not abuse them!


  2. Inefficient, inequitable,inaction.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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?)


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits and salary.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unit Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Unit Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with great people

    Cons

    Finding enough staff to work

    Advice to Management

    Upper management can use some work.


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  5. Rampant bullying

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  6. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alberta Health Services

    Pros

    very good job lots to do

    Cons

    the hours are not the greatest


  7. Helpful (2)

    It's a great place to work with friendly staff and opportunities to advance or find a new career path. Job security and good benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerical in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Clerical in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, vacation and good benefits. Room for exploring other opportunities within AHS.

    Cons

    When you have a complaint or issue Management does very little to help you resolve it and can lead to unnecessary stress at the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive and support staff by providing the proper tools to rectify ongoing issues in the workplace. This will help and prevent less sick time and provide a more stable and efficient workplace. Will also boost morale and provide a positive environment.


  8. Great Part-time Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Server
    Former Employee - Food Server

    I worked at Alberta Health Services part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay during high school, ability to learn customer service skills, perfect job to get an introduction on how a hospital operates.

    Cons

    Limited hours, gowning up for isolated rooms, constant cleaning of hands leaves them in rough shape.


  9. excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registration Clerk, Telecommunications Officer in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Registration Clerk, Telecommunications Officer in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    the employer cared that the employee perform to maximum potential, supported not only by training and education

    Cons

    top heavy and distant from general employees

    Advice to Management

    keep paying attention to company values


  10. Helpful (1)

    Public service union position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some amazing people there and highly dedicated doctors and other medical professionals

    Cons

    Management of staff is done poorly. It is not AHS primary focus so the management is mostly untrained or training is by AHS. Union limits more than it protects. Your experience will depend on the quality of your manager.

    Advice to Management

    Don't grind the good people who work hard into the dirt and favor the individuals that fly under the radar and do nothing, sometimes literally.


  11. Helpful (4)

    A well-funded organization with weak management and short-sighted vision in non-clinical areas

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, job opportunities, great work-life balance.

    Cons

    There is a very uneven distribution of management skill sets in non-clinical departments. In some departments, managers are very skillful and commited, and work extremely hard. In others, key management and executive positions are filled in with people lacking skills, knowledge or experience. Expensive, long-term projects can be undertaken without a long term strategy or clear vision resulting in huge loss of money. Subtle but persistent bullying is common. A proliferation of 'directors' who don't appear to manage or direct anyone yet command huge salaries. Overall, there is lack of strategic planning and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear strategy and hire people into executive/management/directing positions that fit the job requirements rather than based on internal recommendations or credentials alone. Take bullying complaints seriously.



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