City of Calgary Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
59 Reviews
3.6
59 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perhaps the best part about working at CoC was the work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • In most areas, the flextime and flexible work options are available and encouraged (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The business units operate as their own areas with no regard to the CIty as a whole (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay, office politics, some people take advantage (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great for work life balance

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

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    benefits, perks, food, location, training

    Cons

    no chance for a promotion, not challanging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More growth and promote people based on performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experience!

    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

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

    Pros

    Diversity, Perks, Leadership, Equality, Personal growth

    Cons

    Difficult to get in..worked as a Contractor and hoping to get a job permanently.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Friendly people and good work/life balance

    • 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 as a contractor

    Pros

    People are friendly
    Low stress
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Technology is somewhat dated
    Career experience may not be as good as working in an oil/gas company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for.

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Calgary as an intern

    Pros

    Good people, pay and benefits

    Cons

    No negative experiences to mention

  6.  

    Satisfied

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

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career opportunities, org culture, work life balance, training

    Cons

    Unionized, salaries lower than market, political environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent job!

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

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Meeting people all the time!

    Cons

    Can be dangerous at times!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does an excellent job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Absolutely Horrible!

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

    I worked at City of Calgary

    Pros

    I thought about this for quite a while and there are really no pro-reasons for this being a good place of employment.

    Cons

    My experience here was quite horrible in general. I had a very tough time considering that the leadership in Calgary is just not good and I noticed a distinct lack of ability to manage. In addition, I witnessed several instances of severe bullying which I find blatantly unacceptable. Finally, the pay was exceptionally low; definitely not recommended!

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

    So much potential....

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Calgary

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits. The flexibility can't be beat with flex time options, compressed work weeks, etc. Sometimes it truly feels like we are serving the public -and that feels great.

    Cons

    It's a "defensive" culture. Lack of security with constant re-orgs, and public scrutiny create a culture where everyone is trying to protect or defend the work they are vested in. This culture filters right down to the lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The entire corporation needs a severe culture shift where it feels like Administration is working WITH Council...not simply trying to please them. Need to sell the benefits of our work to the public, rather than always focusing on cutbacks (I suspect in the end most re-orgs often "undo" themselves and in the long run they can actually cost more money).

  10.  

    Changing culture

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Quality benefits, possibility for work-life balance (depending on the business unit), good wages, training opportunities, health and wellness at work, great employee and family benefits program, solid recognition program, opportunity to join co-workers for after work activities.

    Cons

    Each of the business units has its own culture and many offer additional benefits to their staff. The City isn't a cohesive corporation but rather it is decentralized and offers a wide spectrum of work environments and cultures. You must do research before starting at The City, especially if you're looking for a cultural fit. There are some business units with terrific internal culture while others are toxic. There are also some new concerns on the horizon as The City looks to young candidates to fill management positions. There are pros and cons to young managers/leaders. The pros are that they are interested in innovation and change and are looking to new technology to achieve this. The cons are they have limited managerial/leadership experience making it difficult to report to them. The big con related to limited experience is that most don't have sufficient experience to set strategic direction and allocate resources properly. That said, most employees are very professional and polished and optimistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working as a contractor for the City Of Calgary

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

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

    Pros

    Internal development process is robust

    Cons

    The teams are located at different places, thus finding a good time for meetings may be challenging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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