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Government of Alberta Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
51 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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
  • Senior management made several promises to make changes that would make the work environment better but never followed through with them (in 3 reviews)

  • Lack of informatin sharing from senior management and between colleagues (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall, a great place to work

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

    I worked at Government of Alberta full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great job security
    Able to move around and experience new responsibilities
    Able to apply for many internal postings
    Able to work a compressed work week
    Opportunity for internal courses

    Cons

    Compensation is on a set grid - so can't really ask for raise or more upon hiring
    Salaries in some areas are not comparable to Oil and Gas companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should consider some perk/reward scheme for their employees - much like private companies do

    Recommends
  2.  

    Salary and benefits are good, extremely high stress though.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Alberta full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are very good - pension, sick leave, medical, vacation. Steady employment with opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people.

    Cons

    Working for government. Priorities and direction changes on the whim of those in office. Get blamed for anything that goes wrong and never credited for what goes right, Environment promotes mediocrity among employees. People appointed to positions of authority based on tenure, not merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Top Heavy Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst III in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst III in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Alberta full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Regular raises, enjoyed the people I worked with very much.

    Cons

    always felt under an axe, room for movement was limited, heavy oversight on lower levels of work force, constant outsource threat. Compensation is lower than private industry. little ability or encouragement to work from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oursourcing was and still is a huge mistake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great summer student position at Alberta Education

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Alberta as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, never felt like I was rushed to get everything done. Very little stress. Good hours and an excellent job for any student looking to get some experience making enterprise software. Management is very reasonable with time off for appointments or just wanting to take days off. They are more than willing to let you shuffle hours around if necessary.

    Cons

    Sometimes things can slow down waiting for meetings with end users. Project may start and end depending on what the Minister may think.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensation was ok, though there are other internships that might have paid slightly better this was still ok.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Experience varies greatly by ministry

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

    I worked at Government of Alberta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent internal training opportunities, solid benefits

    Cons

    A shocking level of disorganization. It took a full month after leaving before I received my vacation pay (Employment Standards are 3 days) because no one remembered to submit the paperwork.

    General work culture was very negative: morale is very low and the workplace in general was very unhappy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Constantly changing leaves little time to be strategic.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Alberta full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity as jobs are plentiful. Compensation compared to other provinces is very good.

    Cons

    Very tactical focus. Business plans fail based on the politics of the day.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good time in GOA

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst (Engineering) in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst (Engineering) in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Alberta as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere.Coffee time every week.Explore the horizon .Meet different kind of people.Good internship to start your career,as they are not that straight on the policy,as long as you finish the task.

    Cons

    Too chill in the beginning of the internship.And it is mostly reading related job,instead of engineering job.And should have arrageed more field trip to learn the actual process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have a more detailed task list for the coop student in the beginning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great introduction to the office environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Alberta as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Section managers were always grateful and showed appreciation
    The earned day off was a great perk
    A great office atmosphere with lots of fun activities to break up the workload

    Cons

    Contract end dates for work can be forgotten by upper management leaving you wondering if your position is being extended or not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Heavy political influence and lobbying.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Alberta full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and hour of work.

    Cons

    Salary is below industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people enough to get the right people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great to work in public service!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Alberta

    Pros

    Most people one works with are caring and want to share knowledge with each other. Employees I have worked with interact with the public in a professional manner.

    Cons

    Some people I have worked with do not seem to want to share knowledge. It is sad that some people seem to harbour the attitude "I learnt what I learnt over 2 years. I'll be darned to share my knowldge with you for free."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to find ways to encourage knowledge sharing amongt all employees. This also means that they need to be honest with their employees also!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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