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Overall I enjoy working at Chrysalis. The staff are very diverse caring people with great intentions and big hearts.Front line teams are incredible, managers are supportive and generally available.Anything you are not Trained in they will provide resources and training or supports to get you to a place that you feel confident to do the work. However it is on you to voice if you feel you need more training.I can not really speak about the upper management as i have only had brief interactions with them. They are able to attend some of the staff meetings but otherwise most of the communication between front line staff and upper management is done by Team Leads.My personal interactions with the CEO and other upper management team members have all been very positive. The overall community and workplace atmosphere are very positive and the individuals who we support are very wonderful people. Teamwork is amazing, if you're having an off day your coworkers have you covered!Wages are lower than other companies in the sector, there is not a payscale or regular raise schedule.There are bennifits but they are not the best and some prefer going through blue cross or a similar service.Management treats people as people, open honest communication about burnout and changes to work life or time off is strongly encouraged but staff must be able to self advocate when these things come up.If you are interested in developing skills to support individuals with disabilities Chrysalis is an amazing place to start, they will encourage growth and development and build on whatever - 


Regular schedule. Weekends off. PTO and bennifits package. Strong team atmosphere.


Wages. Lack of insensitive for employees to be high performing.
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Official response from Chrysalis An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

21 June 2023
Thank you so much for comments. Lots of great points raised and concerns that are valid. We hope to improve in these areas now that we have a full HR staff to help move some of those concerns forward.

Don't Waste your time...

Where to start...This place was very promising, when you first start, staff and upper management make you feel welcomed and heard. However this doesn't last long. They change your job description constantly and then gaslight you into thinking it was always this way and make you think you can't handle change. If you bring up concerns your TL's and Coordinator take it personally and reprimand you for it, so it is best to keep your mouth shut and your thoughts to yourself. However they will have meetings twice a year to discuss all the things going wrong and how to change without actually changing anything just to make themselves feel accomplished in something.Every department has their own clique here. Coordinators and certain TL's will talk about their staff behind their backs, and even go as far as to call their staff "degenerates" and laugh about it. One Coordinator will go as far as to steal your ideas and present them as their own because they don't know how to do their own job without you. Another Coordinator will force their religion upon you in their office if you are having a tough day by praying over you without your consent. New staff are hired based off of who they know, and not their skillset.You can have any education in the field, no one will allow you to show your skills at work, you are stuck within the limits of the title you have and if you step out of it you are made to feel like you have done something wrong, even if your skill benefits the company. Unless it makes your TL & Coordinator look good. There are never opportunities to grow. Workplace culture - 


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Official response from Chrysalis An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

22 September 2023
We do apologize this was your experience at Chrysalis. While we recognize this may not be the experience or perception of the majority of our team, we do hope you reach out to our People & Culture team to discuss your concerns further so we can investigate, address and correct any of the concerning behaviours. The People & Culture team can be reached at We look forward to hearing from you.

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What people like
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Supportive environment
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Support from manager
  • Energizing work tasks

A fun learning environment, and great clients

I absolutely love my job at Chrysalis. Not only are there great clients to work with daily , with programs that even staff can enjoy. I feel I have personally grown personally and professionally here. They provide lots of training and if you have questions , the management, innovation speaclists and your team is happy to help you out. If you want to learn new things , on creating programs or even running them. Management and your team are happily to support you and teach you.You have the ability to go on Community outings and truly have fun while supporting individuals. Who doesn't love having a job that you get paid to have FUN?!?! Being flexible will give you more opportunities at Chrysalis I feel blessed to have the opportunity the learn and grow in Chrysalis


Great clients, opportunities to learn and grow
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Since the CEO took on the position, the environment has been filled with positivity and encouragement. The atmosphere is very welcoming and I come to work everyday feeling privileged to be apart of the team led by great management. We are always having lots of fun. There is always something cool happening.The CEO along with the management are very inclusive and are there for support when we need it. They actually advocated for the staff to get a pay raise from the government and we ended up getting 10% increase. Also, we fortunately are able to get a bonus every year since our CEO took on the role. Overall, Chrysalis is a great place to work, it is a fun place to be with great co-workers and management. Sometimes it doesn't even feel like work because of all the fun things we are having. The job can be hard but rewarding, but we always have support. I really love working here.
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Official response from Chrysalis An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

21 June 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience! We will certainly pass on these kinds words to the CEO as well!

People we support are wonderful and management is supportive

I have been working at Chrysalis for just over a year and have had a great experience so far. Management is easy to talk to and is very supportive. The people we support are always put first and staff are treated with respect and that our opinions matter. I look forward to working here for many more years to come.
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Official response from Chrysalis An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

21 June 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience. If ever you feel that something is not going well, we hope you will reach out to your manager or HR as we are all here to support.

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Team leader and manager have little interest in their team, they are more concerned with the results that make them seem successful.Direction given is all over the map and when questioned you are made to feel like an insignificant burden


Management at all levels
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Official response from Chrysalis An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

31 May 2023
We apologize that you felt this way. If we can learn a little more on the issue at hand, please reach out to for a confidential conversation.Thank you.

Creative, stressful, hardworking environment

Be prepared to have your job description changed at any moment without notice. Be flexible. Be ready to have a pile of responsibilities added to your plate beyond what you originally signed up for without a pay increase. You will be directed often, changes happen constantly and no one will ask for your opinion. You will be stretched to your limits some days but if you drop the ball you will be questioned, sometimes bullied and blamed. Professionalism is not their strength and upper management are very insecure and are not held accountable. Blame is passed down the chain frequently. This place is a family to some but not everyone. Vacation and job opportunities come to the favorites first. They often say one thing but do another. They promote work life balance but you are entitled to 3 weeks vacation only and 2 weeks personal time, not nearly enough for the respite most need from this line of work. There is not enough funding, too few staff and very little pay. Too many people need a second job to make ends meet. Even though we are encouraged to self advocate, too few people will do so and instead are disgruntled in private. When others are brave enough to speak up, it can often fall on deaf ears. I am impressed by most front line staff and the teamwork, however, often the same people sit back and let the hard workers continue to carry them and fill the needs of the place. There is a high burn out rate in this place. Everyone is expendable. As negative as I sound, I still love my job and find a deep satisfaction working there. I would like to see front line staff be given - 


creative environment, awesome team spirit, friendly people


Overworked, underpaid, little benefits, little job security, poor management presence
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Terrible Management

The management of the place is horrible and it shows in how often and quickly people.leave the company.Pay is also horrible. Management makes big promises but doesn't their worlds
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Hours are good, clients are fantastic. Average support from management, high turnover rate because of politics. Overall a decent place to work at and good experience.
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Decent job in the sector but upper management is very detached

The job itself is okay and Chrysalis is one of the better organizations within the sector. Upper management is very detached from what is going on for the most part and people are not trustworthy and are pretty demanding and it can be uncomfortable to work here. Pay is not fair and there is a lot of expectations. They don't usually make accommodations for people even though they say they care.
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No room for growth within the company, toxic work environment.

See above. New management is terrible. Complete opposite offices in Edmonton and Calgary. No room for growth. There are wonder clients, and great staff. However it is not diverse upper management. Full of micro management.
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Look for better opportunities elsewhere

Over the past couple years Chrysalis has undergone a complete management changeover. When I first joined the organization it was a fun place to work. I had a manager who really supported me and his door was always open. After he left the position, another manager stepped in who was okay but I didn't feel she had time for me. The biggest concern I have with Chrysalis is with the management team. The management of the organization clearly does not care for staff or clients. Management has their favorites and they tend to be the ones who get advancement. Staff are overworked and under-valued.
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Official response from Chrysalis An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

29 July 2019
I am sorry to hear about the negative experience you had with Chrysalis, it is unfortunate that you feel we have missed the mark. Our motto is Change, Growth and Opportunity and we believe that in every challenge lies countless possibilities and that is why we are known as a leader in the industry. If you would like to share more about your specific situation please contact Melani at 780-454-9656. Thank you for your feedback and have a wonderful day!

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Based on 17 reviews

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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.4 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.2 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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