Alberta Health Services
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No pay increases if out of scope

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No step or pay increases since 2014. That’s seven years, unless you are in a unionized position. You will be working ‘for the greater good’. Good environment.

Pros

Great colleagues

Cons

No pay raises
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Weird place to work

I started working here during COVID-19 as a casual relief admin employee. I was very grateful to have a job during this time when most were being laid off. This was a remote position which was foreign to me. All training is on-line, very brief and they throw you in the deep end without any life preserver. You better do well and figure things out or you will sink. I was doing well enough to be recognized by my superiors so, I was reassigned to another team within AHS. Again, you must learn to swim quickly or you wont survive. They train you just enough for you to hang yourself. If you make it through the first 6 weeks in this department you just might have a chance. I had a very controlling superior who would not let you sink if it meant she would look bad. Then she would save you. There was never enough work for the casuals or temps. I had to ask for more work a lot and they don't like that. As a casual or temp employee you are just occupying a position so they don't lose the FTE. I never really felt as though I was the part of this team. They do not make you feel welcome. This is one of the most toxic environments I have ever worked in. I thought I wanted a career with AHS however, after 9 months I absolutely DO NOT!

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Good job during COVID-19

Cons

Toxic
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Amazing group and are always ready and willing to hear new ideas

I have an amazing position working for the most amazing woman, leading an incredible team into a successful, provincially wide CIS system. Best boss!!

Pros

The personal and professional relationship with my boss

Cons

When I don’t have enough work to do
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Variable but much more good than bad

This is a large employer so there are bound to be some poor experiences, but there is a reason it is so hard to get in! There are tons of chances to diversify and try new roles. People are hired for their profession and people do the job they are hired to do. The pay is good. For the most part, everyone wants to work and wants to see patients get quality care. Benefits vary by union so that can be a sore spot. There is only one bad thing about AHS. There are too many opportunities for RNs to work in leadership that isn’t related to nursing, that could be better filled by other professions. But they respect different professions and want to be efficient and effective in providing patients treatment.

Pros

You do the job you’ve been hired to do. There are lots of opportunities to try new jobs.

Cons

The ability to move into new roles makes many positions unstable and temporary.
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Place you can retire from

Depends where you are working within AHS. The departments tht I have worked, Department of paediatric at AB Children’s hospital was the only place I felt had toxic environment.

Pros

Opportunities to learn and grow

Cons

Favouritism
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Educational

Employer worked scheduling around my children and husbands schedule. Loved the hands on care and the staff were professional and a joy to work with was able to enhance nursing skills
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The hospital was a great place but the crew werent a team

I worked for AHS in strathmore, the crew is acidic. There is no room for advancement there as the maintenance 3 and 4 are lifers and always have issues. They will be little you and you'll be treated like a piece of cr..p, numerous times there have been HR complaints and nothing gets done. MANAGEMENT is lazy and if you are not a yes man then your f...ed. Best piece of advice don't go to Strathmore. Go to wabasca for a term with good management then pick where you want to go internally. You will get f...ed in strathmore.

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All other departments are great

Cons

The list is too long for that department
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AHS Peace Officer

Phenomenal career and position of growth if looking to pursue other policing agencies or to remain employed by the government with great benefits, pension, and wage. Diverse Law Enforcement experience, dealing with the general population and anyone coming into AHS Premise’. There is no normal day for an AHS Peace Officer - you may find yourself responding to fire related calls, medical calls, property crimes, crimes in progress, assist external Law Enforcement partners, and enforcement of Provincial Statutory Authorities which include; Trespass to Premises Act, Petty Trespass Act, Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Act, Public Health Act, Mental Health Act, Tobacco Smoking and Reduction Act, Traffic Safety Act all under the authority of the Provincial Offences and Procedures Act.

Pros

Amazing Law Enforcement Experience

Cons

Some Staff look and treat AHSPS poorly
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Busy and interesting

Work goes by fast as there is always something to do. The staff are amazing and a good group to work with. Lots of opportunities to learn new things.
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Well organized workplace with opportunities for career growth.

In general, a well organized workplace with numerous opportunities in a variety of nursing fields, lots of lateral mobility to try different areas of nursing and plenty of flexibility for casual, part time, temporary, or full time work. A generally collaborative and team-based environment.
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Nepotism Will Get You Hired

Some departments in HR are blantant with nepotism, hiring friends at top of pay scales, giving raises despite a salary freeze, etc. It's great if you're the person who is besties with the leader. Star talent leaves the organization because of no opportunity to grow. It's great if you are in a unionized position. Better pay and someone to actually fight for you when management tries shady things.

Pros

Work life balance, opportunity to grow depending on who you know

Cons

Poor pay if you join in a non-union position.
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Slow bureaucratic behemoth with nepotistic hiring, toxic culture

Although there are pockets of good work being done under the radar most of the crucial work that needs to happen regarding streamlining operations for long-term care, better patient experience, innovation does not happen. Most people are given promotion depending on the longevity of their stay rather than merit and very much based on nepotism. The saying here is the less you do the more you talk politically the faster you rise you just need to have a constant smile in your face. The system is designed to get the results it gets and it starts with the CEO who is a political machine and has zero accountability. Alberta Health Services needs a revolution most of the employees here are given good pay and good benefits called the golden handcuffs as long as you don't create a kerfuffle you will keep climbing the ladder at the expense of patients suffering

Pros

Good pay good benefits

Cons

Least innovative, cronyism, top heavy, hierarchical, old school thinking
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AHS Peace Officers

Are you looking for any of these qualities in a Peace Officer employer? An employer who takes your safety seriously? An employer who follows best practice and government recommendations for equipment and training? An employer who issues practical, customizable, high quality body armour?An employer who issues the best possible protective tools? An employer who carefully selects the best and brightest applicants?An employer who seeks the feedback from it's front line staff regarding staffing, training and equipment? An employer who can give you a starting point to advance in a law enforcement career? An employer who has an open line of communication between front line staff and leadership? Well, you should keep looking. AHS Protective Services is not that employer.

Pros

The set days off are good.

Cons

Leadership and their decision making abilities
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AHS Peace Officers

Are you looking for any of these qualities in a Peace Officer employer? An employer who takes your safety seriously? An employer who follows best practice and government recommendations for equipment and training? An employer who issues practical, customizable, high quality body armour?An employer who issues the best possible protective tools? An employer who carefully selects the best and brightest applicants?An employer who seeks the feedback from it's front line staff regarding staffing, training and equipment? An employer who can give you a starting point to advance in a law enforcement career? An employer who has an open line of communication between front line staff and leadership? Well, you should keep looking. AHS Protective Services is not that employer.

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The set days off are nice.

Cons

Leadership and their decision making abilities
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A good place to work with good benefits and salary.

I worked for Alberta Health Services for 10 years, Employees are encouraged to keep up to date with education in their field of work. Management is approachable if you have any questions.
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Unfair treatment and poor management

Poor management, hypocrisy and bullying. No chances of advancement even if you more qualified, unless you’re “in good standing” with the manager who is not qualified herself. LPNs are preferred because of lower pay rate, although not competent. If you know the manager, you’ll have perks; if you’ll seek clarification and stand up for yourself, the manager will find a way to make you leave.

Pros

Pay

Cons

Poor management
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Good work place

I would say it is good place to work. Fair pay, good benefit, job secured. If you are looking for flexible job, I would highly recommended working at AHS.

Pros

Good pay, good benefit
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Job accommodation

I do not recommend anyone that has a disability of any sort to apply with AHS. There culture in the workplace is to get rid of people who have to be accommodated in the work place that have a disability. They have a documented process how they will accommodate people in the work place but have a very weak approach to obtaining any reasonable job position

Pros

Good benefits, well paid positions

Cons

Management lacks the ability to listen
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good culture

AHS is a good employer. The Government has too much say over many aspects of day to day work but that is the nature of healthcare. there is plenty of opportunity for advancement, but if your program gets scrapped because of budget or change in management you will most likely not find otherwork.

Pros

good place to work long term .

Cons

when you get a bad manager or colleague you either quit or try to outlive them.
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An excellent place to work and continue to grow and learn and change ways of doing things

A great career can be had at AHS as continuous learning opportunities are provided. A collabotatve work culture has been my experience. Management is not only approachable but also supportive. Coworkers are lovely hardworking dedicated individuals. Shout out to Recovery Supports team with Addiction and Mental Health Exmo to
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Great employer

Best job I have had. I was fortunate and had a great boss. Good job security. Union package, health benefits package Opportunity for advancement. Training opportunities

Pros

Salary, health benefits

Cons

Stressful
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