Heavy Duty Technician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 5 October 2017
You always hear about how working for the city is a life long career and how the benefits are so great but it really was not that great.
City hires most people on contracts for years and before you become permanent they lay you off so they aren't stuck with you. They hire Sait students with big promises and never follow thru. The pay is really good and its a pretty relax environment generally but then once in a while management would drop the hammer on the team leads, who in turn drop the hammer on foreman, who in turn take it out on you for absolutely nothing.
The guys doing the hiring and firing don't know who you are and have never seen you do a day of work. so if you do good work everyday for years and have a couple of mistakes in a row management will wash their hands with you.
the facilities are all dated, a lot of old school mentality with guys just working to retire in the next few years and don't really care about the job anymore.
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 19 September 2017
Working for the City of Calgary has the benefit of being part of a union which in turn leads to certain pros and cons. Good pay and benefits are both nice to have however overtime is hard to come by and the structure of the Aquatics hierarchy make advancement hard to come by. The majority of the job is closer to public relations and teaching rather than life guarding itself.
Seasonal Gardener (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 September 2017
Some good, some bad. The presence of a union ensures that anyone with a poor attitude or a lackluster work ethic stays on for years, effectively poisoning positive spirits. Salary is way above industry average, and most people are great to work with.
On the plus side, I was blessed with an excellent boss who provided me with whatever I needed and even provided support on her days off!
Very difficult to get a full-time, permanent position here, and I'm not sure I'd want one. They can move you, change your position and you have no say over what they've decided.
If you can get in and tolerate it, you got it made the rest of the way
Technical Writer (Contract) (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 24 August 2017
People are pleasant enough and there is a fair amount of collaboration. There are advancement opportunities but sometimes subject to union rules. There are opportunities to move to other positions and get trained on other skills. Pay is great. But manager tends to micromanage things.
The political / unionized environment means one has to be careful what one says around people so as not to raise any red flags.
Beverage cart server (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 25 July 2017
great place to work, management great. the pay is the only down fall,,,low money no benefits. best part is meeting lots of people. i drive golf cart and sell beer, wine coolers, chips sandwiches and choc bars. 8-9 hr days
Equipment Operator (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 19 June 2017
I've been with the City for 10 years. It has been a good experience and I've been able to advance my Career very well. My shift is good now. My life and time with my child is very good. The job has been a rewarding experience.
Census Taker (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 8 June 2017
I worked as a census taker for 2017 and found this job is fun to have. I can work with and rearrange my own schedule in order to meet the deadline. Going door to door to collect information allowed me to meet and talk to different people. It also allows me to earn some income while doing my daily walk.