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Government of Alberta Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • good sense of work-life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Great place to work, awesome work - life balance, Great Management, opportunity for growth and a wonderful work environment - zero micro managing (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Communications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Government of Alberta full-time

    Pros

    good sense of work-life balance
    opportunities for growth and development
    you get to work with a range of different people

    Cons

    too much changeover in management
    often poor managers don't get reprimanded which is frustrating
    very much a "hurry up and wait" mentality
    limited opportunities to modernize processes

    Advice to Management

    resist the urge to micromanage and trust the people you hired to do their job


  2. "Air quality specialist"

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    Former Employee - Air Quality Specialist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Air Quality Specialist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Alberta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work time is flexible. Good work and life balance. You could take time to investigate issues to achieve professionalism.

    Cons

    The culture of government is somewhat different from private sector. It can be challenging to deal with levels of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Interaction with individual employee and hear each voice and value each voice will benefit the organization.

  3. "Disorganized, good work culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Alberta part-time

    Pros

    Work life balance was good

    Cons

    Management and office was disorganized


  4. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Government of Alberta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - really kind and smart people in policy development
    - people really want to contribute to making a better society and deliver better services

    Cons

    - bureaucratic
    - reactive
    - siloed culture
    - slow to change and keep up with shifting pace


  5. "Plan to retire"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Alberta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to spend last 20 years of your work life (50-70). A good place to work if you are raising lots of kids (at home).

    Cons

    Not a place for young workers who want to learn and move fast in their career. Growth is very slow, and you have to be lucky or be in the right place at the right time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so crappy, and get rid of retirees clogging the system. Start using some technology.


  6. "Senior manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Alberta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to different policy topics; fantastic talent pool; executive very supportive of professional development

    Cons

    Lack of multi year plans; Lots of administrative protocols

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long termism


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good hours, light work load, benefits

    Cons

    nepotism, if you don't have a degree don't bother, no accountability, unorganized, over complicated

    Advice to Management

    keep it simple

  8. "Management are terrible"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Service Worker in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Service Worker in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible hours

    Cons

    Toxic management, they have their favourites and if you're not one of them, switch jobs. Because it's unionized there are a lot of deadwood that they can't get rid of.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone the same. Listen to your employees.


  9. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Secure position
    - Reasonable workload
    - Friendly staff

    Cons

    - Complacent
    - process to get definitive answers may be lengthy


  10. "Program Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, awesome work - life balance, Great Management, opportunity for growth and a wonderful work environment - zero micro managing

    Cons

    None so far - Going well at the moment


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