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Challenging and a good learning experience.

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What is the best part of working at the company?The work experience and environment What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Sometimes is the challenging weather What is the work environment and culture like at the company?diverse; variety. Multicultural What is a typical day like for you at the company?Interaction and planning your day and preform all the safety roles before starting your shift
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Fun workplace

Awesome staff. No drama. People are very helpful and do any thing they can do to help you settle in. I've been working here for a while so I can tell you it's awesome.. pay is great.
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  • Fair pay for job
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Terrible if you exceed the requirements.

"Junior Operator - Water Services" comes in many different types, it can be for any of the 4 water services (WTP, WWTP, WD, WWC) and they may or may not tell you during the interview which one you will get.The pay was the lowest on the scale they posted, management was good at the foreman level, bad above that, typical day of work was driving around the city doing WWC or in the plant later on. The hardest part of the job was mental as dealing with human waste is not easy for someone who has never done it, and the most enjoyable part of the day was going home.When I applied I had level two certifications and five years experience, I applied for the one that has the "2-year Water Engineering Technology Diploma" as desired qualification. You might be told you will be placed according to qualifications during the interview, and later on human resources will call you with a nice sounding job (HR asked me if I could lift 50 pounds) but in the end you might be put to clean the sewers for a few months (two man job required to bring down a 180 pound auger down the basement stairs multiple times a day). You should really inquire about this and get it in writing if possible, it seems the supervisors can still change their mind prior to your start date and you will not find out until your very first day at work. Take four weeks off work before starting this position, the reason being the first two weeks are classroom training.They started me in WWC and it went from bad to worse there, until the opportunity came up I applied internally to the WTP. To my surprise they actually gave me - 


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Amazing and enjoyable workplace

Really enjoyed my time here as a seasonal basketball coach and part time recreation services leader. I felt the best and the most confident when I was here and they took my suggestions and management was very well receptive
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Damaging to mental health.

What is the best part of working at the company?The pay and job security if you get into the union. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?There is a bad condition of internal gossip. Someone is always talking about youWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Toxic- out of the union you job is never secure. In the union the wrong people are qualified. Performance is ignored , favouritism is common and I was victim of discrimination.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Go to the office and work as little as possible. Was told by my supervision to look for other jobs instead of doing my job
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Productive and fun place to work

I love working for the city of Calgary. I have amazing coworkers and management is wonderful. There’s a great work life balance with this job and I’m very lucky to be working for the city.
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Good pay, good hours, good management, a few bad co workers.

Good place to work. Management is great and understanding. Safety is a priority here. Advancement is possible. Only con is some co workers can be toxic.


Pay, hours, overtime policy


Some co workers can be toxic
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Fun, challenging and rewarding, a great career you could be proud of.

What is the best part of working at the company?First and foremost, the city created a positive work environment. The management was approachable and kind. My piers were team players who were helpful, and took pride in their responsibilities.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?I would say the traffic was the biggest challenge. The dispatchers helped with drivers who fall behind. Again, teamwork was always there.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?From my perspective the environment and culture was very good to be a part of. The primary focus was safety and being the best professional possible. The company was always helpful with various training offered annually.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Typical days begin with routines of equipment checks and testing. Making sure the vehicle was clean inside and out. Gathering in the drivers area and going over routes. Once complete fuelling the vehicle and returning to the Yard.
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Productive and fun workplace

Amazing place to work, full time or seasonal. Highly recommend it. Multiple different parts to the city you could work in. Parks has multiple spaces as well
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Calgary Parking officer, not a good position.

Expect to be micromanaged like a teenager at their first job, while at the same time getting poor and often contradictive direction from leadership. Most new hires will quit within the first month seeking out better opportunities (even less paying) elsewhere. Do not expect any opportunity for growth, even if you stay at the position for a long time and have a high level of experience and education. Also, expect disrespectful comments regularly from the public, but unsatisfactory support from management, you are after all giving out parking tickets. Staff who work at the CPA for too long all agree that it becomes harder to find new work and land interviews if you are at the CPA too long as other employers do not see being an officer at the CPA as valid enforcement experience, so you get trapped in the position.


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Oppressive and dead end
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Good place to work

It is a good place to work. There is a positive work environment. Collogues are supportive. They offer training opportunities. Management is supportive.
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good work to pay ratio

I really appreciate my job. get to meet lots of different people, never in the same place for more than a few days. career progression can be a little slow.
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No work family life balance as advertised, top heavy with management.

I thought I won the lottery at first with this job, but then the changes started. Schedules and shifts all changed without consultation of staff. If you have a family, especially with children involved in extra curricular activities then you can expect to miss a large amount of those. 12 hour shifts across the board do not work for everyone, even the older workers that have trouble lasting that long each day. Past experience is not recognized like it should be, and positive reinforcement for a job well done is never given. They hire new Canadians with zero experience that have 1 course and make them full time and promote them first before experienced employees to remain politically correct with inclusivity, even with some being not physically able to do the job.




Long hours, lack of respect, corporate bullying
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Great place to be a summer intern

Fun and a great place to start your professional carrer. Employees are super kind and not a huge workload is required. Great chance to make relationships with peers and city employees.
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I had a successful career

What is the best part of working at the company?Job opportunity Work life balance Good people What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Unworthy people in management What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Culture was always changing Work environment was okWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?I had a job that I really enjoyed
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Busy Environment

The day in and day out is stressful due to the job duties characteristics. The job requires that you provide excellent customer service to your passengers and drive with safety in mind. The hardest part of the job is not knowing your shift for the next day until the day before around 5 pm. Also if it is a new route you haven’t driven before requires a lot of preparation either through a map book or gps. Another way to prepare is to drive the route before you use the bus so that you are familiar with the area.


Lots of overtime


Split shifts
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Great people

Great people to work with. Great pension plan.Expect a lot of meetings, too many meetings. Few opportunities for valuable training or transferrable knowledge.
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Flexible Workplace

This position offers flexible work locations and hours as programers work with you to find suitable locations and hours for full time and part-time shifts
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Good Pay, Bad mental

Pay and hours good, management makes you question why you are here. Would recommend as a good paying job, that lets you have good time off. Most great people.
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Productive, peace of mind

My experience working for the city was great i accomplished many goals and now iam enjoing what i got . Working in a team was really a pleasure, as normal it is not the perfect place but more than 90% any one can get their expectations.


Good place working for the government


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Fun place to Work

I worked mostly at Village Square Leisure Center. The various departments within could be quite clicky. All in all, if you did your work and knew how to get along with your fellow co workers, you were fine.
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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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