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Government of Alberta Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
54 Reviews
3.2
54 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
  • Lack of informatin sharing from senior management and between colleagues (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great introduction to the office environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Heavy political influence and lobbying.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Great to work in public service!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    With such a diverse workforce the government of Alberta has a stable position for many career choices.

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

    I have been working at Government of Alberta

    Pros

    Job security, ability to change positions and geographic locations, benefits, pension plan, union. In the corporate centers many life and career education courses are offered.

    Cons

    Run too much like a for profit corporation. Sometimes in the outer rim of the empire nepotism runs rampant to the detriment of the organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of bonus structure for saving money, safety is always the first to suffer.

    Recommends
  6.  

    One of best places to work for.... if you like stress-free work environment

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

    I have been working at Government of Alberta

    Pros

    Work is stress-free and almost all the work have very comfortable deadlines.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Typical bureaucratic enviornment

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

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

    Pros

    Less pressure on timeline.

    Cons

    Lots of red tapes. Lack of long term planning on enterprise level solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify processes and reduce hierarchies. Engage more long term planning and empower employees from all levels for commitments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Alberta Health Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Alberta Health Intern in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Alberta Health Intern in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - work-life balance
    - support for professional development
    - time-off policies
    - decent pension program
    - slightly higher salary compared to other provinces or the federal gov. at the intern level

    Cons

    - pros listed above (aside for pension and salary) highly depends on your direct supervisor. If you get a bad one, your life will be hell.
    - workload heavily depends on minister's priorities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    remember when human rights mattered?

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

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

    Pros

    There used to one pro to working here and that was a fair pension when you retired, but the Redford government is gutting employee pensions so that's gone.

    Cons

    Disrespectful, vindictive, illegal, underhanded, shameful treatment by the employer. The employer bargains in bad faith and then imposes, by illegal legislation, a wage freeze when it appears that binding arbitration might give workers a fair deal. Massive self-granted raises to MLAs, but nothing for front line staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Charter of Rights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Employer Review: Government of Alberta

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

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

    Pros

    The GoA is a good employer for things such as work arrangement flexibility, alternate work arrangements and developmental opportunities.

    Cons

    Depending on the Division or Ministry you work in, the work can be extremely high volume with very, very short deadlines (ie: reports and complicated briefing packages with a one or two day turnaround due date). The closer you get to working at or with the Executive level, often the information turnaround is frequently on a need-it-now panic basis, which leave little time to produce good outcomes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating and Interesting

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

    I worked at Government of Alberta full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits and time off including flex time. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Not a lot of autonomy with a lot of responsibility. Decisions are rarely made and issues not addressed promptly. Most Human Resource consultants are weak and loathe to take action unpopular with AUPE. Performance measurement is not based on evidence. Loads of Union staff who take advantage of their Collective Agreement. For example they use up 10 days of casual illness (no medical note required) and then take more time off under General Illness (3 days off with medical note - Government pays for the cost of the note). During my time there in Management the majority of sick days were adjacent to weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask questions about issues you don't want to address. Give Managers and staff narrow goals or the autonomy to achieve the broader goals. Remind staff the Public comes first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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