City of Calgary Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • The work / life balance is pretty good (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. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Calgary Place, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Calgary Place, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, work life, people, environmeny

    Cons

    Hours, worklife, location, slow paced

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance


  2. A great place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Summer Student - Communications in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student - Communications in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Calgary (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic culture & support - I really felt supported by my manager and the grad programme, and would come back to work here in a heartbeat

    Cons

    The internal structure with the union can be a bit cumbersome, but I was really pleasantly surprised to see how well run the City of Calgary is internally


  3. Working at the City of Calgary

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing dedication on my team, best practice, proactive business improvement, varied and challenging work.

    Cons

    Public appreciation and knowledge of areas and lines of business Administration provides to their overall life experiences


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  5. Summer Student

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Calgary (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A positive and caring environment Well organized Clear responsibilities and deadlines Proper breaks - lunch and coffee Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    None in my experience at the City

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the opportunity to intern at the City! I have missed working for such an amazing organization.


  6. City of Calgary Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    The City of Calgary offers great Career Development opportunities. They believe in promoting from within and giving employees career advancement opportunities. The provide a lot of great internal training and development.

    Cons

    The City of Calgary is competitive to get into. When applying for jobs within the city there are often 300 or more other applicants for the position.


  7. Love my job, can't stand management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    If you have good management you can get flexible work options like compressed work week 4/4, & 4/5 (unless you're in the Planning Dept), telework, and a flexible schedule. Conference & training opportunities (unless you're in the Planning Dept), and most of management like to provide promotive opportunities to internal staff except for the Planning Department which now has a revolving door.

    Cons

    HR department doesn't catch managers who have high turn around or early retiring staff, a general attitude of what we don't know won't hurt us. Caucasian males tend to be given special opportunities and be hired over women, ethnic people or simply qualified candidates. HR refuses to do mandatory exit interviews as many private comanies make a rule of. Free information which weeds out bad managers, City policies tend to protect bad management and promote favourites among the boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Make exit interviews mandatory, it's the most useful free information a company will ever get. Make 360 reviews for managers mandatory. Audit which managers and coordinators never use rewards & recognition - why are they never able to appropriately show appreciation? Never cut education opportunities for technical staff, it will bite you in the bum when you find out you've made that person redundant.


  8. Buyer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, diversity in projects, job security, exposure to high profile projects, pension

    Cons

    lower pay than equivalent private sector


  9. Recreation leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great experience, great people, made friends, was fun to get paid to play, working with kids very rewardinf

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say, wish they would pay for first and and C p r certification

    Advice to Management

    None. None. None.


  10. Operator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Steady employment and good benefits.

    Cons

    No one is held to task for bad behavior. (working in a male dominated job)

    Advice to Management

    Bad behavior causes poor morale, it is running rampant in my department.


  11. Good working experience, had an excellent team to work with and made strong ties with other staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent team, CWW is nice, work life balance

    Cons

    same as any company, some groups can be barriers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff,they are doing their best to look out for you.



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