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  1. "Very poor management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Horizon School Division full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most employees seem to be there for this kids. Excellent team dynamic. Willing to work with family schedules and other events.

    Cons

    Very poor management. It is apparent that the business skills of senior leadership are lacking. This is fairly easy to see as all leadership has a learning background. Unfortunately, all government needs to be accountable, and this is proving to be very difficult with our no business skill leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring leadership with good business skills. A good manager will improve on strategic outcomes regardless of whether they are learning based or not.


  2. "Long term employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping educate children. Co-workers. Serving the public. Very few pros since the new CFO started in the spring of 2013.

    Cons

    No succession plans/internal advancement. Chaos. Decisions are not coated and made on a whim. No accountability across all roles. Central office is a disorganized mess with VERY poor communication. Lack of role clarity.

    Advice to Management

    Build people. Realize that when working in the public sector you need a high level of stewardship. Serve your own interests less. Advance from within or you risk alienating people.


  3. "Like living in Oz except there was no good witch"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is a certain type of person who will be a good fit:

    1. You drank the "Faculty of Education Kool-Aid" unquestioningly and without reserve.
    2. Your life plan is to climb up through the edu-cratic food chain as quickly and painlessly as possible.
    3. You have absolutely no attachment to reality outside of the "culture" of Alberta Education.
    4. You are a small town person; preferably this small town.

    Cons

    If you do not fit the above description explicitly...well just remember, someone tried to warn you...these people do not have one single toenail in a larger reality. The Ivory Tower is alive and well here and very much concrete and steel reinforced.

    Advice to Management

    There would be no way to give advice to anyone who would be willing and/ or able to participate in this environment.