City of Calgary

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City of Calgary Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
69 Reviews
3.7
69 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perhaps the best part about working at CoC was the work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Many flexible work options, including compressed work week and teleworking (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Each of the business units has its own culture and many offer additional benefits to their staff (in 3 reviews)

  • Can be hard to stay in the City because of Union red tape (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Calgary

    Pros

    Good hours and pay. Great for those with a family.

    Cons

    Not as great for the overly ambitious. You can work hard but it won't necessarily get promoted because of union rules promoting those that may not work as hard but have been there longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love working for the City :)

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

    I worked at City of Calgary

    Pros

    The City of Calgary is great to work for. The offer a great work-life balance, and professional development. They encourage health and well being of all their staff and give off a great deal of support. Although job security isn't guaranteed, I have never felt like my job was in jeopardy.

    Cons

    The City of Calgary tends to be very political in nature, it can be hard to move up in the company as people tend to shift portfolios leaving little room for advancement for others looking to make the next step up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Receiving clerk

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Calgary

    Pros

    Good pay even on contract position, excellent training provided, good working atmosphere

    Cons

    contract ending so got to go

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  5.  

    City of Calgary laborer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Laborer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Laborer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at City of Calgary full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great job for student during the summer. work four days a week. work with a crew. usually position you close to your house. has a union.

    Cons

    seems quite un organized, gps tracking in truck but no gps navigation. very easy to get writen up ex. swearing. bad communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    foreman at work-site all the time doesn't seem necessary

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It was a great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Attendant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Attendant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at City of Calgary full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the best things for working for the city would be the learning experience you will receive, also, the city is a reliable work place and a good place to work

    Cons

    the city has great benefits, and when you start working within the company you have a chance to be promoted no one will stop you from moving up the corporate latter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advise to management is to just talk to the employees and make them feel like part of the family at the City

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible, Disrespectful, boring, work enviornment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Finance in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at City of Calgary

    Pros

    work in down town, good benefits.

    Cons

    Most of the finance department, there are very few people speak or talk in English. Even in the finance meetings English is the last language to speak. Very disrespectful and boring environment. Promotion is merely based on who you know or which group you belong to. Some people are very competent and working really hard but I see some employee sleeping regularly on their jobs. I will not recommend anybody to go in the finance department if you like challenging work environment or like to grow professionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote people on merit, based on qualifications, experience and knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employing their buddies and cronies

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Calgary (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Public service ... doing a job that benefits all citizens

    Cons

    Certain senior individuals forget that they are public servants ... paid by the taxpayer. They feel they can do whatever they like, ruin people's careers and never be held accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give jobs to your buddies and cronies. Labour Relations in cahoots with the management ... never asks the employee for their side of things. Good people dismissed because of petty politics. I have written to the Mayor about this ... no response or action. The senior guys feel they are immune and can do as they please. Very bad deal for the taxpayers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Customer Service Supervisor

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

    I worked at City of Calgary as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable salary, good benefits and flexible work options (every 3rd Friday off)

    Cons

    Very political position caught power play between HR and C/S groups.
    Management were more interested in anything right now rather than doing the job right.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Unfortunately, I picked the wrong job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Shuttle Operator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Community Shuttle Operator in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at City of Calgary part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, I like the work.

    Cons

    Forced to work weekends for at least two years. We do the same job as our full time counterparts but get paid much lower. In fact, we get paid much lower for driving a bus than the people cleaning the buses and the LRT stations get. I don't understand this since we are responsible for people's safety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the pay that community shuttle operators get. The pay system is barbaric compared to every other job at The City of Calgary. It is unfair and nobody in management seems to notice or care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Life and Work Balance

    Cons

    Low Salary, union fee, so much LTD

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