Alberta Energy Regulator
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An amazing place until the i-Core scandal

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AER was fantastic - great downtown location right on the +15, beautiful building, free coffee & hot drinks, zero-waste facility. I also really appreciated the attention to internal communications - that went a long way towards building a strong culture. Things went completely awry once the details of i-Core became public - not sure how it turned out as I left shortly after. If they were able to get things back on track, then I imagine it would become a great place to work again.

Pros

Free coffee/hot drinks, beautiful modern office space, right downtown in Eau Claire

Cons

Career advancement seemed a bit limited, but I guess that depends on your team.
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Great benefits

Leadership is not really focused on strategy, they really like to focus on tactics. Very Stressful work environment. Lack of accountability at the top.

Pros

Great benefits

Cons

Constant change
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Insights into Alberta Energy Regulator

Based on 11 survey responses
What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Fair pay for job
  • Time and location flexibility
Areas for improvement
  • Energizing work tasks
  • Trust in colleagues
  • Sense of belonging

Great work life balance but no future and Compensation has not risen in 10 years.

It is a great place to learn but if very early in your career in Finance there is not much place to grow here in Finance. The leadership has been in their positions for the last 10+ years so very resistant to change and they create a lot of work that doesn't add any value.

Pros

Good work-life balance

Cons

No growth and Financial compensation is not at market with other government agencies
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Great work life balance but no future and Compensation has not risen in 10 years.

It is a great place to learn but if very early in your career in Finance there is not much place to grow here in Finance. The leadership has been in their positions for the last 10+ years so very resistant to change and they create a lot of work that doesn't add any value.

Pros

Good work-life balance

Cons

No growth and Financial compensation is not at market with other government agencies
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Great staff, terrible management.

Great staff, terrible management. Management do nothing to help staff, empty promises and zero follow through. Salary freeze for 8 years and counting. Lots of vacation and flex days help keep staff on board, but few are happy with career progression. Outside hires do not understand the business of the regulator. New CEO lacks vision and has zero empathy for staff burnout. Good place to work if you can keep your head down and solely focus on work and are not looking to climb the ranks.
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Work here if you're retired

People go here to retire. Old boys club. Not like the old ERCB used to be, which was fun. Management is just looking after themselves and don't care about employees.

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Benefits

Cons

Management
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Convenient location.

Unfortunately a very clicky environment and management was not supportive. Also departments competing with each other for responsibilities. Caution as to who you would report to.

Pros

Flexable hours

Cons

A lot of stress
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Unwilling to share

They hired us under contract and it was a mess from day one. Barely anyone knew what we were supposed to be doing and those who did were unwilling to assist the team with completing the end goal. We tried our best, but management seemed bent on making sure the project was unsuccessful.
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Nice office, terrible management

Worked there for over 15 years, it was great at first and started going downhill starting 2008. Lack of communication, favoritism, NEPOTISM, no appreciation. The only good thing about this place was the nice building and some sort of work-life balance which started to diminish with new management. No accountability for mistakes made by previous and current executive leadership even when after being investigated by auditor general.A manager gets demoted and and an admin with no previous experience takes her place! I would stay away at any cost, find a job that appreciates you, supports you and mostly values your efforts.

Pros

work life balance

Cons

everything else
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Excellent place to work

I had a wonderful manager who had Microsoft meeting once a week to see how I was doing and cared for me. I also had a great coworker who helped me and answered all my questions. Data and Information Services Department had excellent people who support you and welcome you with open arms.

Pros

Flex time

Cons

N/a
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Work at an iceberg's pace with no accountability but with incredible benefits and work/life balance

Some will love the AER working at the AER while some will hate it. Work at the AER is conducted with no deadlines or accountability and therefore productivity is incredibly low and the pace as slow as it gets. As with many organizations like this, promotions are almost exclusively tenure-based as opposed to merit-based which breeds a culture where there is no incentive to work hard or efficiently resulting in a culture of complacency and laziness. If working in an environment with a relaxed work ethic, no deadlines, no team accountability, and no expectation to ever work overtime even if the job isn't done sounds like something that suits your personality, you will love working at the AER. On the other hand, if you strive for excellence, take pride in your work ethic, expect accountability from teammates, or expect meritocracy, you will despise working at the AER and should avoid it unless desperate for work. Another benefit of the AER is getting 25 earned flex days per year in addition to 3-5 weeks of vacation, meaning you work extra hours in exchange for additional time off. Of course what this really means is work the same hours and get the extra time off anyway as there is no honesty or accountability, or enforcement of this policy so it is widely abused. Does 8-13 weeks of vacation per year sound good to you? Then you will love the AER. Salary is slightly lower than external comparables, however you will work about half as hard as you do at the comparables so accounting for that, plus the unmatchable benefit and timeoff programs, compensation per hour is higher - 
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Good place to work

Lots of smart passionate people working at AER. Some areas busy while others are not. Job satisfaction will depend on which area you end up working in.
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So much potential - so little leadership

I turned down a few other roles external to the AER before taking this senior leadership role on. The politics at senior executive leadership levels, the corruption, and the historical way of doing things (i.e., do what industry wants under all circumstances) was more then I had expected and more than what I had encountered before. It was not a diverse, inclusive, nor innovative culture. Recent removal of the Board, CEO, EVPs and some VPs is not enough. The AER is not independent of political influence. The AER as an entity needs strong reconsideration.
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Good work/life balance

Good work/life balance, lots of diversity and ability to grow and lean new experiences. Was a good organization at one time, but seems it may have lost its way; hopefully the new CEO will get this organization back on track. Lots of good people work here.
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Great Energy

Good place to work. Awesome work life balance. Flexible days to take time. Respectful work culture Diversity is great. Healthy environment to work in.
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Best place to work

Great place to work, incredible team environment in Grande Prairie, useful work. Dealing with landowners, industry representatives and in positive and negative aspects.
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The Alberta Energy Regulator was a wonderful place to work with lots of opportunities to learn and grow. The political situation is impacting the culture.
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A quite open mind and company culture driven orgnization

This organization was used to be very good employer ( A several times Best Employer and Best Employer for Immigrants). It all started changing from it was reorged as AER.
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The worst IT management and lack of accountability

Everyone manages up, so C suite doesn't know how bad the application is. Can't believe the O&G industry pays for that with the levy. Onestop is only 2 years old, but architecture is a decade old. Untested, unscalable, unsupportable. The clients are industry, but they can't complain. Who wants to flag themselves for an audit? Cushy job if you can get it though. Ridiculous pay, vacation and flex days. Definitely a place to sit back, relax until you hit old age.
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People and benefits are awesome

Friendly and welcoming when I first started. It was very stressful times during reorg but positive outlook on new structure and fairly transparent throughout process

Pros

Flex days and benefits

Cons

lots of red tape
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Great people to work with in an organization that doesn't have a lot of room for growth

The culture is great and there is lots of flexibility with vacation in a relaxed and relatively stress free environment. However, there are wage freezes and not a lot of opportunity for career development.
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Based on 53 reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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