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City of Calgary Reviews

Updated April 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance emphasized with flex time (in 25 reviews)

  • Good benefits - health, dental, etc (in 9 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 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "Would like to go back one day."

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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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours, nice people, capable managers. Open door policy and everyone is very easy to speak with. Great internship.

    Cons

    Some office politics are evident.


  2. "System Administrator 1"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at City of Calgary as a contractor

    Pros

    Team environment, everyone will help you out as much as they can. Lots of learning.

    Cons

    Political issues can sometimes make some work delayed a while.


  3. "I'll never go back to the private sector"

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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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay and benefits. Regular increases on par with cost of living increases.

    Cons

    24 hour schedule and shift work Can get a little hard to get use too. Otherwise it's hard to find anything bad to say about the city.


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  5. "Summer student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Calgary as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and the company makes sure that you have a worthwhile experience.

    Cons

    Felt like I didn't belong. No free parking.


  6. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Best job security in current economy
    Very passionate people
    Great benefits - health, dental, pension, life insurance

    Cons

    Salaries not as good as private sector
    Change is constant but slow and can be frustrating


  7. "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Seasonal Gardener in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Gardener in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment which supports your career development.
    Excellent Benefits
    Great Salary
    Positive work environment
    The City works with you to get you where you want to be

    Cons

    Compared to the private industry the city is a great place to work. Like anywhere you have to deal with co workers you wont like, but that's about it really.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe try to stiffen the interview process? a lot of people working for the city on the lower end aren't very strong workers. Hire people who have demonstrated accountability in all aspects of their work and life.


  8. "Join The City of Calgary!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employment Counsellor
    Current Employee - Employment Counsellor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, pension, and benefits; flexible work week schedules; job security; excellent career development opportunities and training

    Cons

    Management-heavy organization & lots of red tape

    Advice to Management

    Cut the red tape and increasingly empower your staff to allow for more responsive decision-making and enhanced service delivery.


  9. "Good place to get work experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Calgary as an intern

    Pros

    1. Competitive wage
    2. Great benefit package

    Cons

    1. stressful work environment


  10. "Great working place"

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    Current Employee - Leasin Agent
    Current Employee - Leasin Agent
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place wo work in terms of balance

    Cons

    Long term process in terms of workload


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Management Systems Analyst"

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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

    Work life balance emphasized with flex time

    Cons

    Beureucratic to deal with other groups internally


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