Government of Alberta Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Government of Alberta Deputy Minister Peter Watson
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Pros
  • Work life balance and hour of work (in 11 reviews)

  • Steady employment with opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes in the outer rim of the empire nepotism runs rampant to the detriment of the organisation (in 3 reviews)

  • What you might learn here in 2 years will be what you could have learnt in 6 months in a good private firm (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Alberta

    Pros

    Good work life balance, competitive pay

    Cons

    Like all government in the world


  2. Good retirement job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Information Security Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Information Security Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Alberta

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, no pressure or crazy deadlines.
    Employees are very nice and friendly

    Cons

    Don't expect to change things and don't expect training or any sort of professional development. People reject change, unqualified people are in high positions and there is no room for creativity or introducing new concepts.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees especially managers and higher positions


  3. Good position for students or those looking for a transitional career in national parks

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laborer in Elk Island, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Laborer in Elk Island, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Alberta full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    40 hours of work per week, good for people that live near the park or Fort Saskatchewn, good sense of community, safe work practices.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, repetitive job duties, not a lot of promotions available, limited training opportunities, little to no overtime offered.

    Advice to Management

    Allow non-managers to raise opinions and have more decision making power. Train more employees on machinery including skidsteers and loaders.


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  5. Alberta Parks

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

    I have been working at Government of Alberta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent support and training opportunities. Good management.

    Cons

    Heavily bureaucratic at times. Management structure makes it difficult to be creative sometimes.


  6. Great place with plenty of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    I worked in a small office which was great because we all got along. Very easy going with plenty of freedom. Managers were very accessible.

    Cons

    New position had little direction. I suspect that as the position establishes, the path will be clearer

    Advice to Management

    Provide clearer direction for employees


  7. Alberta

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Peace Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Correctional Peace Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Alberta (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Other ministries are likely far better to work for than Justice and Solicitor General.
    -The pay for a CO is better than that for a security guard...which are the options available to most people who become COs.

    Cons

    -Corrupt and repulsive internal culture. Just to cite one example, there was a "no rats" sign on the wall of the staff station on one of the units of the old Remand Centre for presumably years (was up there when I started and still stood until the facility stopped being used). Management conducted inspections of all units every day and signed off on them, so every manager in the building saw this and didn't care. You *will* have other COs attempt to intimidate you into fudging reports and such if you work as a CO with the Gov of AB.
    -Ridiculous compensation structure involving people being assigned different grades to start depending on prior experience (what is and isn't counted towards this is absurd), and these starting grades carry forward throughout an employee's career as they get promoted and such. This obviously creates tension and hostility.
    -An appalling level of disorganization. Nobody ever has any idea what is going on with the organization, conflicting information is filtered through on a regular basis, hardly any notice is given regarding training, shift rotations, etc.
    -The most incompetent HR staff I have ever encountered. I was offered, and signed off for, a higher pay grade then was actually assigned to me afterwards, and they refused to budge when I drew this to their attention. When I resigned they were under the impression that I had obtained a different job within the ministry and they were to transfer me. And more.

    Advice to Management

    Alberta's entire provincial correction system needs to be dismantled and put back together. I have never encountered such a dysfunctional organization, before or since. It is very difficult to describe it accurately without coming across as melodramatic or hyperbolic, but it is really that bad. Any minor to moderate changes would be comparable to putting a band-aid on someone who has lost all their limbs and is dying of blood loss.


  8. Occupational Health and Safety

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    • 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 Government of Alberta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great coworkers, excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    Too much politics; indecisive management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff more often


  9. Policy Analyst for 1.7 year

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Alberta full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good benefit, great salary, work-life balance

    Cons

    politics gets in the way of everything, horrible management, inefficient


  10. Data Entry Clerk

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Alberta

    Pros

    Learn new things
    Meet great people

    Cons

    Not enough work most of the times
    Getting laid off


  11. Good

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

    I have been working at Government of Alberta (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job Security, good environment, training sessions, growing potential, benefits, hsa

    Cons

    Little room to move within branches but lots of room to move within the organization

    Advice to Management

    n/a



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