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City of Calgary Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance emphasized with flex time (in 25 reviews)

  • Great pay, pension, and benefits; flexible work week schedules; job security; excellent career development opportunities and training (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Human Resources is a strategic service, and needs to be able to intervene in business units that are not playing by the rules (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay, office politics, some people take advantage (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Calgary Place, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Calgary Place, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, work life, people, environmeny

    Cons

    Hours, worklife, location, slow paced

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance


  2. "Swim Instructor"

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

    Pros

    good pay, flexible-ish hours and free access to the pool and gym facilities. The city also pays to keep all your certifications up to date. If you are not a student aka working full time permanently, the benefits are really good

    Cons

    Moving up the seniority list can be a pain, as many seniors are very protective of their guarding hours. Depending on the supervisor that is in charge, you could either have a very good time or a very very rough time.

    Advice to Management

    Please be more organized with schedules!


  3. "Good job, good pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Swimming Instructor
    Current Employee - Swimming Instructor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Calgary part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Union pays well, hours are easy to come by if you are flexible in the recreation department

    Cons

    Management can be good or bad, generally those who stick around the longest become management regardless if they have good skills

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to break out of the unshifting mindset of the union. It stagnates the workplace and stops the city from improving its services.


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  5. "Programmer Analyst"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company. A lot of people knows a lot of things

    Cons

    Located in Downtown
    Lot of traffic in the morning

    Advice to Management

    None


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    "Truck driver"

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

    I worked at City of Calgary full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary paid vacation and benefits

    Cons

    If you criticise management, regardless of how fact based and truthful your criticism is, you most certainly will have a target on your back. In my case management went out of their way to have me fired including fabricating evidence of misconduct on my part, and MYSTERY WITNESSES to my alleged misconduct, witnesses they have repeatedly refused to divulge during the Grievance Process which is currently ongoing. Corporate Paronoia at it's worst.

    Advice to Management

    The individuals responsible for my termination are a prime example of the all too prevalent practice within the City of Calgary of placing some people in positions of authority who have no business being there. They are proof positive that in my situation and countless other City of Calgary employees who have experienced this blatant form of harassment, that Power Corrupts. They are the poster children for when Ego trumps Intellect. Careful What You Wish For.


  7. "Develop your potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Leader in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Calgary full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for new responsibilities and personal/professional growth. Coworkers and bosses that want to do the best thing for citizens. Support for professional development.

    Cons

    The political nature of public service can be difficult but managers and some municipal politicians try to shield staff from it most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Aim to increase the number of women in management.


  8. "Lots of interesting work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ability to see the tangible effects of your work, great environment and culture, talented colleagues and interesting projects

    Cons

    ability to progress/move up limited, due to union structure and slow promotion culture from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Promote high-achievers from within, but make sure you don't cut out outside applicants--new ideas are important!


  9. "Hard working team"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    I found the team at the City to be a skilled and hard working bunch. Lots of compassionate people with a generally positive attitude.

    Cons

    I truly don't have any cons to add.


  10. "Transit Planner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transit Planner in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Transit Planner in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment with great people

    Cons

    Not enough time for strategy planning


  11. "Customer Service Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Attendant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Attendant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Calgary (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Room for advancement, ability to move around in the Company - different departments. Good Benefits, Pay and Pension. Offices located in City centre and other areas of the City - all accessible by transit.

    Cons

    Highly political, some unfair business practices (favoritism between management and "certain" employees), due to it being unionized, there are situations where spouses supervise spouses.

    Advice to Management

    Should look at merit of an employee for all positions. Shouldn't have to apply for positions within the company - this consists of testing, etc. like a non-employee applying! As you are a present employee, should already know your computer skills, etc.


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