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Alberta Health Services Edmonton Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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Edmonton, AB, Canada Area (Canada)

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Pros
  • Strong emphasis on work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Good benefits, relaxed atmosphere (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • They keep talking about work/life balance however if you're on call, there is little life to be had (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management has little to no concern for staff and patients (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, scope of practice

    Cons

    Never have a current Collective Agreement
    Hiring freeze


  2. "Amazing Place to Get Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Psychiatric Aide in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Psychiatric Aide in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alberta Health Services part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, many ways to move through the company, and challenging working environment.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get a position, but once you are in it's much easier. Definitely need a friend or family member to get in. Also get your CPR and other certifications done before hand to give you a better chance, it's one less thing they have to train you for.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good but not best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Great place to build experience, fairly nice people to meet and work with. steady work and always busy. Huge environment with large scale critical thinking projects. High expectation and strive to perfection in planning work.

    Cons

    No organization culture. Very political environment which makes decision making very slow. Bullying challenge ( at least in my prospective but I can't generalize) mostly from diversified staff especially new Canada comers cultivating poor work ethics (rumors , gossips, double-faces). 95% of the work spent on planing and not doing the actual work. If a road block caused by a tree, planning can take three years, then moving the tree off the road is done only in 10 minutes. Things could done much way better.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider hear out deep-insiders, may be a two-way performance appraisals, Manager-Employee and Employee-Manager.


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  5. "Gap between words and deeds"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good cause job working for the patients

    Cons

    Incompetent and insensitive management

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to AHS values


  6. "Fantastic Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Transcriptionist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Medical Transcriptionist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome management and excellent transparency and accountability. I was treated like a human and paid what I was worth, and the benefits and pension were nothing short of fantastic. My subsequent move to BC has been a slap in the face career-wise; the hospitals here mostly outsource their transcription to a couple of companies in Ontario that pay by the dictated minute (= $3 to $12/hour!). I'm now working long, gruelling hours for sometimes 1/4 of the pay.

    Cons

    There was a lot of movement and restructuring in my department. Things seemed quite disorganized and chaotic at times, but I relocated to another province for my husband's job promotion (not in health care) before it all got finalized, so I can't say whether it ever settled down.

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there! You seemed to be stretched very thin at times but you kept us involved and included even in the face of chaos.


  7. "Mixed employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Secure employment as not dependent upon oil and gas

    Cons

    Disfunctional and positive environment dependent on your manager

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiding poor managers and director...note turnover and empower HR to manage issues


  8. Helpful (2)

    "It's just a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Staffing Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best part of working for AHS is the Salary. AHS provides a evening and weekend premium.

    Cons

    -Nepitism and bad management.
    -Hard to get stable hours and schedule.
    -No upward mobility
    - You have to put up with a lot of abuse from other AHS staff and supervisors to do this job.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees.


  9. "Surgical Processor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Surgical Processor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Surgical Processor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Boring if you like boring

    Cons

    80% of the department doesn't speak English and has trouble reading. Union mentality and very hard to work hard and achieve results. They are only hiring casuals so I went to school to get a job that doesn't have full time employment attached.

    Advice to Management

    Come out of your offices once awhile. Remember that good staff aren't the ones that have been there the longest and can neither read nor write but the ones that you want to stay will leave because they see terrible promotions being made across the board.


  10. "Mental Health Therapist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mental Health Therapist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mental Health Therapist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to a wide network of allied health care professionals; potential to offer collaborative and effective care to patients/clients.

    Cons

    On-going and extensive organizational change that has led to the concern of 'change fatigue' being expressed by many employees - this coupled with the added ill-effect of 'compassion fatigue' commonly seen amongst health care professionals

    Advice to Management

    Better recognition of the efforts exerted by employees and implementing systems to prevent burnout, absenteeism and high turnover.


  11. "Decent Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Coordinator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Coordinator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alberta Health Services as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good wages, lots of positions, can work all over Alberta, decent benefits, interesting industry, easy to move between teams

    Cons

    Slow, bureaucratic, takes a long time for work activities and recruitment to get approved, work priorities often change at hands of current government


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