Institutional Aide 1 (Former Employee) – Wetaskiwin, AB – 3 December 2013
I liked the various different tasks and training I was required to give. The salary and benefits were excellent. The hard part about the job was in the beginning of it when it was cleaning only. It became more enjoyable to me when I was also able to plan and prepare meals, do laundry, and most of all, be and work with the clients.
Interesting work helping vulnerable Albertans with their tax and financial affairs.
Taxation Officer - Temp (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 21 June 2017
The Office of the Public Guardian & Trustee is charged with assisting those Albertans who are deemed by Court Order incapable of managing their finances by themselves. The Public Trustee monitors the clients' investments and tax returns to maximize their personal holdings. Very capable people are looking out for the best interests of the clients.
average workplace, great environment, though the payscale is a bit questionable on some positions
Procurement Staff (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 15 June 2017
If you work hard and is very respectful they will definitely keep you. System-wise, they are a bit slow and old school compared to private firms. Way behind than private firms but then when you think of the extra benefits and the culture, you will stay. That is, if you are the type of person who is laid back and contented with a normal job.
Reconciliation Officer (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 6 June 2017
Worked with the GOA for 22 years and during that time had very little time that I felt like I was a valued employee. Saw wage rollbacks, freezes and cutbacks and through it all those that remained never felt valued.
Residents are a positive challenge and very rewarding.
Team Lead of Residential Support Services (Current Employee) – Gunn, AB – 15 May 2017
Can be very rewarding to assist residents to get a positive life back with challenges, but must be able to do this with limited support. There is a full set up including nutritional life skills, doctors, medical heath, etc.
Learning Clicks Ambassador (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 17 April 2017
In this job I worked independently, and simultaneously with a team. I created my own schedule, setting up presentations at schools throughout Alberta, and worked with youth from ages 9-18 years old. The workplace was very supportive as it made sure everyone on the team was offered assistance and guidance when needed. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to travel, present, and constantly meet new people.
Policy Advisor (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 8 April 2017
I've been with the Alberta Climate Change Office for approximately four months, and so far it is has been the best employer I've had, for the following reasons:
- An unbelievably skilled group of employees. My peers are highly educated, and are recognized experts in their respective disciplines. - Excellent system of peer review. All work is given is proper consideration, and provided excellent, fact-based feedback. - Excellent system of work collaboration, which involves simultaneous authorship using Sharepoint. - Managers and Executives seem willing to accept two-way feedback (although I might be wrong about this, and they might be tired of my thoughts and ready to suffocate me!) - Excellent system for writing summary documents and asking for written input. Key insights are summarized into an accessible system, providing a gold mine of readily available information. - All employees generally have excellent writing and communication skills. My own writing skills are deficient by comparison. - Good defined benefits pension plan, which is highly secure since it is part of a public sector pension plan.
However, there is always of course some room for improvement: - Sometimes excessive workload with extremely tight timelines, which can conflict with work/life balance. - Due to the high workload and ambitious deadlines, there may be too much reactive work and not enough proactive planning. - It seems that some deadlines are fabricated and not based on actual requirements. - Too much focus on the conceptual big picture, and not enough focus on details and analysismore... at times. Analysis results could be better used to guide decision making.less
Fascinating work, top notch teams, highly skilled individual contributors, receptive management, good benefits.
Public sector pay will never match the private sector
Respite Worker (Former Employee) – Onoway, AB – 5 April 2017
Easy placement, understanding of the children's needs and disabilities. Didn't cause any problems when it came to transferring the children to there appointments. Never made a fuss when it came to transporting the children to there birth parents back to the foster home.
Grounds Maintenance - Supervisor (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 16 March 2017
It really varies from department to department. Most work colleagues I've spoken to like their job but not their bosses, and upper management. They do not treat the lower minions with the respect that they need and should have. This comes from employees that have worked here from 50 to 1st year.
Advocacy (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 16 February 2017
Stakeholder engagement wit GOA agencies, MD's, counties, landowner groups. Intervening on behalf of landowners with the oil and gas industry and GOA. Extensive public speaking. Committee work. Issue identification. Advisory to landowners and senior officials.