Guest ambassador (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 September 2018
the supervisors were very respectful and nice. It definitely gave me a sense of how a work place works and it showed me skills that I didn't know I had even as a person. I was shown different tasks and it was able to work in the work conditions they gave. it was fun and I would work there again. A good two weeks of my life. Maybe it was a bit tiring having to work every single day but you can adjust that as long as you communicate with your supervisors. Working all 2 week of stampede can do a number on you but it was definitely something I would not take back as It gave me an ideal first job work space.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 15 September 2018
Working for the Calgary Stampede has been a expeirence I will not forget. I will always keep on coming back to volenteer as the years go on and to do what ever I can to help facilitate the fair grounds or any lunchs/breakfasts/dinners.
Park Maintenance (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 8 September 2018
Very fun place to work. A lot of great people to make new friends with.
If you're in park maintenance you're going to be walking around a lot so wear comfortable shoes.
Don't wear your nice clothes either because you will be handling garbage, and most of the garbages leak so you don't want that garbage juice on your nice clothes.
If you're in a group with others, talk to them and make friends with them. It'll make the job be less of a chore and you'll actually meet awesome people and have a lot of fun. I was basically getting paid to talk to people and it felt awesome. I forgot that we were even cleaning up the park and changing the garbage cans. One of the best summers I have ever had and I met a lot of cool people here. You just have to be open to conversation and you'll have a good time.
Meeting new people, getting paid, free rides (1 day)
Out in the sun all day, two 15 min breaks and one 1 hour lunch break, Alot of walking if you're doing park maintenance
Excellent company culture and people to work with....
Administrative Assistant for Executive Management (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 4 September 2018
Hardest part was lack of job security. Management was evasive and lacked direction for employees. The most enjoyable part of the job was being part of company that lived their culture. Learned tremendous amount - wore many hats and was presented with situations outside of scope of normal. Wonderful people and job minus confused management.
Guest Ambassador (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 21 August 2018
A typical workday involves waking up early in the morning to get dressed into your uniform, have breakfast, and for many people they take public transportation to the workplace. I've learned how to persevere and also gained more confidence in public speaking while working at the park gates.
learning experience, discounts off of food, free accessibility to the grandstands
Cleaner/Guest Ambassador (Former Employee) – Big Four/Midway/Near Grandstand – 20 August 2018
Since Calgary Stampede is welcome to anyone from Calgary or anywhere in the world, there are bound to be lots of questions. We are expected to greet and try to help the guests if needed. Mangement is okay because there are different kinds of jobs and different managers. The schedule they give you is what you get and can't change it for the 10 days or even more. So if you booked off a day and you didn't get it, the managers can't do anything about it.
Great coworkers but can get boring and tedious after a whilte
Gate Attendant, Stampede (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 16 August 2018
Working part-time for the Calgary Stampede can be both enjoyable and slogging. The people you work with tend to be great fun but the work itself gets incredibly boring and repetitive. The management is okay and understanding but they change year to year, which is good to know. Overall, if you can tolerate the heat, long hours standing and the repetitiveness, the people you work with can definitely make up for it.
Exciting fun place to work with a real impact on the city
Business Solutions Manager (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 27 July 2018
If you want to be part of an experience that is internationally recognized and has tremendous local support this is a great place to work. There is a real commitment to teamwork and being part of the community.
Cleaner (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 July 2018
Firstly, I'll describe my initial idea of the job before accepting it.
I had multiple choices, but signed up for Venue services because it honestly sounded like something fancy/ something that would give me a challenge (the good kind) and a leading role. Anyway... it turned out to be cleaning washrooms.
Well... it certainly did give me a challenge-- physically and mentally. This includes cleaning up after people who purposely leave a mess (clogged toilets, feces, etc.), and also dealing with rude customers.
That being said, I did try to make the most out of the job. I greeted people at the door, talked to people, and did the best cleaning I could. In turn, I got to meet many fascinating people and hear their stories.
My effort and work were definitely appreciated by many of the people who came. I got to grow as an individual, as I am now more socially confident and am not as grossed out by... vomit for example. That being said, this is a job that just doesn't give the benefit and salary it should deserve because it is certainly tiring... and imagine being in a hot washroom with the scent of feces and urine for 6+ hours (without sitting for a lot of it). Cleaning up a flooded washroom from a clogged toilet is the worse, especially when some customers want to come in regardless of me telling them I'm cleaning...
Now... for the management team. All I have to say is that they're not very organized. There are some individuals who go on breaks when they shouldn't, and some people who are just bad at dealing with certain scenarios. This job is definitely a teammore... effort, and some people drag down the ship.
So, in short... while I don't regret working here because I got a lot of it, it definitely isn't worth it for what you get (minimum wage, dirty environment, the loud and angry drunks that use the washroom, etc.). Other roles such as guest ambassador, and PERHAPS food services would have been better.less
Meeting people, learning new things, experience of being at the stampede, free entry
Long hours, tiring, stressful, dirty environment, having to deal with certain customers and co-workers
enjoyable if you get to know the people around you
Grounds Worker (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 July 2018
This job is good for those who don't want to be stuck in a tent or standing around all day as there is lots of walking around all day. It includes both walking around the grandstand and infield to collect bottles from the stands and the recycle cans and then bringing them to the sorting area to sort. This job is more enjoyable if you know those around you as it helps pass the time a little faster and is more fun. Even though it can get hot during stampede, the bottle sorting takes place in a shaded tent where it is cooler.
flexible hours, active job (always something to do), sanitation in the sorting area
Stock Manager (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 17 July 2018
Great atmosphere to work and great opportunity to meet a lot of people that you can stay connected with after you leave. Everyone is really friendly and then at the end of the stampede the employees have a party together.