Calgary Board of Education

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Calgary Board of Education Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good and bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calgary Board of Education full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance, good pay

    Cons

    Too much management! They do not need as many managers as they do! There's so much duplication of duties and they make the big bucks. This results in a higher workload for others and not enough front line staff. They just seem really disorganized and some of the upper management is completely wrong for the job, and can be bullies. They preach about respect in the work place and other "policies" but no one enforces any of them. There's not much opportunity to move up unless you're a teacher, even if you have more of a business background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-organize and have more of the staff you need. You do not need so many managers!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lacks coherence and organizational focus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator
    Current Employee - Administrator

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

    Pros

    There are some incredibly passionate, skilled, and caring people working here. They truly want to make an impact on the lives of students and they care deeply about the well-being of their colleagues. Compensation is high compared to other jobs, and there is good job security (if you can become a permanent contract teacher).

    Cons

    The organization is fragmented. Instead of cooperation between departments, there is a lack of trust and support. Decisions are not made transparently and sometimes they are utterly wrong, leading to wasted time, resources, and people. Limited and highly political career advancement opportunities. Does not make use of people's strengths and often places people in roles that are not a good fit. Teachers who are new grads are treated very poorly and some have many difficulties becoming tenured. Tenured teachers who are not doing their jobs are too well protected. There is no formal evaluation process after you become a tenured teacher so principals have little power to influence people who are not doing their jobs. Processes and procedures around HR, role descriptions, expectations, and school operations are unclear and not well documented or communicated. Virtually no formal onboarding or training for any role. Weak technology infrastructure and overspending on technologies that are needed in order to do your job. High stress and overwork because of mismanaged spending on too many priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create clear vision and goals. Reduce the number of mandates and projects, set real priorities, and implement processes where needed to foster efficiencies and creativity for what is most important. The "learning" side of the organization should lead decisions with the support of the "business" side of the organization instead of the other way around. Hire senior leaders with the appropriate skill sets, especially in the leadership of the "business" side of the organization. Do not continue to make the mistake of believing that teachers can do everything. There isn't much that can be done at this time due to union protection of incompetent support staff and teachers, but senior leaders are non-unionized and should be hired according to demonstrated skill and expertise. Hiring leaders from external organizations would infuse this one with new perspectives and robust expertise instead of hampering change. Take a look at the clear mandates of our neighboring boards. You may disagree with the mandates themselves, but at least their employees have no problem articulating and delivering on their focuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    HR Department

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Support Staff  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Support Staff in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Calgary Board of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesitng work. Unique because of government funding and cycles of school year. Most employees care about helping schools.

    Cons

    Principals think they are boss of HR. Timelines not understood. Upper management run by teachers who are not business oriented. Whole organization run by teachers: who should be teaching not operating a business. Organization does not provide proper tools for HR work success. Toxic department. Compensation, labour relations and staffing don't co-operate and finance have their nose in where they don't belong. Watch your back because someone you work with is the son or daughter of "the club".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late. Culture already exists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Public sector okay but not for everyone

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

    I worked at Calgary Board of Education as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Great Benefits
    Smart People
    Community Focused

    Cons

    Aging Staff
    Hierarchical
    No upward advancement
    Hard to retain younger staff member without the right inventives in place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to hire younger people and incent them to stay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    bureaucratic organization with good benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calgary Board of Education part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Making a difference in students and families' lives.

    Cons

    Too much politics and toxic work environment
    Bureaucracy
    Not much mobility for staff without Education degree
    Not much investment for professional and personal development for young people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop adding so many inefficient layers in the management and cutting frontline workers. What a waste of tax payers' money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The Board doesn't do much to take care of new teachers, substitute teachers, or those who are on temporary contracts.

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

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

    Pros

    Impact on student success, summers off, positive colleagues, rewarding work

    Cons

    Union politics, constant top-down directives, misaligned goals, no guarantee of work for new teachers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim some of the fat, take a closer look at contract system (tenured teachers who drop the ball)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good benefits/ weak leadership.

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

    I worked at Calgary Board of Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Needs stronger leadership. Not very dynamic work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources-Highly volatile workplace with few processes in place and no communication

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    Former Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Calgary Board of Education full-time

    Pros

    -Colleagues-most of them are all in the same boat and you meet some really great people that you keep in contact with
    -Wages are decent, although not always in line with the same positions in the rest of the market
    -A lot of positions in the rest of the institution are unionized, although not many in HR-in this copany, the job security of being unionized is very much needed
    -There are some decent career opportunities if you wind up in the right department
    -Good location

    Cons

    -Huge turnover rate in HR-and many HR jobs not unionized
    -Very high workloads where it is impossible to finish anything
    -Very few processes-what processes they have don't work together
    -Little to no training-no training manuals for procedures
    -Management that is impossible to communicate with-they don't answer your questions in a timely fashion, and usually they are important questions and it stops you from being able to move forward
    -Extremely understaffed in HR, including recruiting, which adds to the high workload and no one seems to care about fixing it
    -They recently underwent a 4 month period where 90% of one Recruiting departments resigned, and others went on mat leave early). That's the entire turnover of a department within 4 months.
    -HR people and Recruiters getting hundreds of emails everyday (that does not include from applicants) and no way of handling the enormous workload
    -Managers in HR hard to reach with collective agreement questions, resulting in the postponement og hiring
    -Verbal abuse over telephone by principals of both high schools and elementary schools, and no one to stop it
    -They hire a lot of contract Recruiters, barely any perm-not unusual in Calgary, but rates are not competitive with the rest of the industries in Calgary and thier don't offer much else in terms of incentives to make up for it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Somone at the top needs to get a grip on what is happening in HR and Recruiting. There needs to be a complete change in HR management and put people in place who are not from within the CBE system-the managers there are nice as people, but making a mess of it as managers-they do not have the people skills to handle what is going on. But a lot of that comes from higher up. Those departments need a complete overhaul-maybe going back to when it was outsourced from Telus Sourcing Solutions.
    Someone in a high position of authority needs to start talking and listening to the employees and not believing managers when they tell them everything is ok just to keep their jobs. HR is the furthest away from being "OK" that I have ever seen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good hours. Easy job. Behind the times in technology.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calgary Board of Education

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great work atmosphere. Stable work environment.

    Cons

    Low pay. Not a lot to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work with dedicated employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Calgary Board of Education

    Pros

    People believe in what they are doing at the CBE and take pride in ensuring that the best teachers are in place to teach our kids.

    Cons

    Large organization that can be slow to implement change.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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