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AHS IT has a great workplace culture, everyone is very kind and supportive. Management is genuinely helpful and approachable. They are ready to help you in your personal development. The reason I’m giving 4 stars is because the work is spontaneous. Everyday you’re working on something different: maintenance, administrative work, handling support tickets, development, migrations etc. This can also be seen as a positive of course and depends on where in IT you work.
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Incredibly stressful and toxic workplace

This is the worst experience with any organization I have ever had. The management and other staff (doctors) are patronizing and prejudiced. There was no sufficient training provided. When admin tried to 'fix' the rampant issues in that unorganized, and inefficient office, they were criticized and chastised. I felt scared of my boss. There were cliques and gossip and false allegations. Most jobs with this organization are not permanent.


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Beaurocratic and toxic
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  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Clear sense of purpose

Good team members

Not much room for advancement to permanent positions. But good members to work with. Large work load but support is there from the team. Good pay for entry level.
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Fast paced. Lots of opportunity for OT. Opportunity to learn new skills. Every day is different. Get to work with many other professionals in a good work setting.
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Toxic culture

Shortages? More like threatened nurses who want all the overtime and extra shifts in order to get 16 hour shifts. In this department, the job is relatively stress free and day or evenings only! So highly competitive. I’m not sure why the even advertise and spend money training— like thousands of dollars! All to be ridiculed, reported to managers regarding performance and competency. Interestingly, I’ve observed experienced nurses in this specialty and they’re not all that much better . Jealousy and pettiness = toxicity ! Certain staff will email managers behind your back while providing non-constructive (rather.. destructive) feedback! You’ll leave feeling like nothing. I’ve learned from former employees that experienced the same issues and treatment- they were eliminated and now work at different companies. How awful!!! Unless you’re a toxic narcissistic type, this department is not for you. End workplace toxicity!
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Non productive due to workplace toxicity

Awful experience. coworkers feel threatened when new ppl come in and pick up shifts. Yet , what about all the nursing shortages!?! -it’s more like they want all the extra and overtime shifts. Backstabbing/ immaturity Senior staff bitter and twisted. No mentorship, just non-constructive feedback- certain ppl will email managers behind your about your performance and competencies. Interestingly, it’s the same things I’ve seen others doing who are actually experienced within this specialty. Thereby, Almost ruining my career and reputation. Yet many backstab the managers and their abilities- soooo who truly has a problem? Seems like a cycle of the same pettiness. Results= NEVER evolving into anything constructive. Walking on eggshells!? ! End workplace toxicity!!!!!


-Leaving. -There were a few nurses who were lovely and from what I could tell, genuine.


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Good places to work, good benefits. Vacation and other benefits makes it a good place to stay. Pension is strong, something you won't get at other private companies.
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Working for anyone can be tough

What is the best part of working at the company?A job and union. A job. Have had no problems What is the most stressful part about working at the company?I habe had no problems. I love itWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Like any where else. Lots.of different people and you have to be strong and confident What is a typical day like for you at the company?To come and do the job you were hired to do
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Very busy and sometimes stressful.

What is the best part of working at the company?Benefits, staff members are amazing!What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Work load and management is not willing to work with their employees.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Busy work environment and mixed culture at this companyWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Clean patient rooms, wash, buff hallways.
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Emotionally, physically,spiritually and mentally exhausting

What is the best part of working at the company?The best part of the job was making a difference in the lives of people who society discarded and who because of being stigmatized , don’t see themselves as having any value or potential.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Working in an unhealthy team environment. Staff refused to work as team members. Instead, they were only out for themselves. I experienced bullying and gossip What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Unhealthy, unprofessional, and highly competitive. Staff demonstrate strong stigmatizing behaviour towards their clients in various ways. The job itself is extremely stressful and the staff are not supportive or kind to one another.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Responding to crisis situations daily, providing harm reduction supplies to vulnerable people, alone with giving referrals, snacks , responding to community overdoses ( ( up to 3 times/ per shift)Advocating / emotionally supporting clients through Urgent Care and Triage
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Poor environment

When I started I was promised a few things, that never happened. I’ve had opportunities offered to me and ripped away as well. Management wasn’t put together very well and we all pay the price for that. Our manager has poor communication skills, is power trip happy, and will bend you over ten folds to bully employees until they quit. You cannot approach management with any issues and trust something better will come of it. Our environment is very negative, paycheques are small and nobody is genuinely happy here anymore. Some major changes need to be made, but you can’t stick up for yourself or you end up getting kicked down harder. The nepotism is at an all time high in this department, unless you got poached off construction, you probably know someone in the office on a personal level. I recommend working elsewhere, for your sanity.


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No flexibility, terrible management, negative environment, broken promises, power trips
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Not terrible, but lacking in some vital areas

The staffing shortage is unreal. You never know when you’ll be able to work. The threat of being mandated is often. It can be hard to get breaks as there often isn’t enough staff to cover which causes the morale of the unit to decline. The benefits are good. Working with the patients is the best part of the job.
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Great place to work

Jr. Web Dev at AHS was fantastic! Supportive team, impactful work. Grateful for the learning opportunities. Highly recommend! The team is caring and easy to work with.
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Very demanding

Good Place for health care professions like a Nurse or a Doctor, even Techs.For Administrative Support roles salary is ok, but for Administrative Professionals with a degre saary is not competitive and you need to escalate to have a decent salary. In their hospitals is hard to get full.time positions. Casuals doesnot have benefits, part time employees dont get the benefit of the Pension Plan for AHS employees, a big part of AHS job postings are Casual, Temporary, or Part Time. It is the way to put your feet in the door but it may time time until you get what you really want.
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Productive and fun workplace

Good place to work, compensation is great, friendly coworkers, benefits are comparable to other companies,lots of good leaning opportunities for staff members
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More Support Staff Needed

GPRH is a beautiful hospital - I’ve never worked in such an nice facility. The on-boarding process with AHS is a little tedious- lots of online courses to get through. I see a lot of signs of burnout amongst my co-workers. In my opinion, more support staff (specifically more HCAs on the floor) would really improve things.
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Try to work somewhere else if you can.

What is the best part of working at the company?Set pay. Can pick up if casual. Decent benefits. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Unsafe, overworked, understaffed, useless management. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Not great. When management doesn’t care about you it rolls downhill. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Stressful. Stressful. Stressful.
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exemplary effort in a challenging environment

patient values - driven orientation materials ; very good IT support although applications are problematic ; dedicated management and support staff ; positive environment overall
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Good place to work

Staff are exhausted, but there are many great teams out there that work their butts off, and managers supporting them. A unionized environment and HR add unnecessary layers of complexity.
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Mixed feelings

Work is manageable, quite slow spaced most of the time. Training was sufficient and help was around when needed. Management accepting that certain people creating toxic environment for others. No inclusion and equality at all…
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Great place to work

Good atmosphere and great benefits. Opportunities to work in the community with seniors . Car allowance and mileage expenses provided by the company.
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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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