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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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  • Fair pay for job

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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Great Place to work

It was a great place to work! I helped run the CAS program and it was great.Great management, loved the kids. Fast paced and different everyday. Lots of fun
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Job satisfaction depends on program

Job satisfaction depends on a variety of factors such as who your supervisor/superior is, who your coworkers are, the type of program you work in, and the budget of the program.
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Productive and fun workplace

Had lots of fun leading activities and interacting with children and collaborating with other staff. It helped me learn how to time manage more efficiently.
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Incredibly flexible, and loving work environment.

Very chill, coworkers are super friendly and have a great atmosphere altogether. Working with them has taught me a lot about customer service, and I am very grateful for that.


Flexible Hours
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Very engaging job

I loved this job because of the many individuals i interacted with along with very humble parents, I'm very thankful for the opportunity I got from my probation officer for this job. You will see me in Dover this summer.


contagious smiles


very hot weather
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So So

I've had a few jobs with the City of Calgary. There are many different walks of life that work there which is wonderful but can also be challenging. There are a lot of expectations with very little support at times, and I found that there were some managers that didn't have the skills to be there. Overall, good starting point for young adults to integrate into the working world, but not a long time career choice
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Fun environement with relaxed themes

Very fast paced position dealing with children between the age of 3-14(typically). Good teamwork is required and supervision is helpful to improve the day camps and sports camps.


Fun environment


Long preperation
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Good summer job, fairly unorganized but a friendly culture

Working with children can be stressful, and the management does not always seem to know what they are doing, but the coworkers are nice and it's good to have an outside job
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Best job ever

This is an amazing job probably the best I ever had, it taught me many life skills that I probably would not learn anywhere else. Also really great people
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Expectations are not clear

Although on paper, each duty/job is very clear, the actual expectations of each job is very unpredictable. Each day is a new surprise with what you are expected to do and often times you are left on your own to figure out how to reach the end goals.


Flexible hours


Unpredictable situations
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A large, open-minded local government providing for its citizens

Management of the Parks and Recreation branch in the City of Calgary is accommodating and fair. In my position as a Recreation Leader, I was tasked with creating weekly scheduled activities for kids aged 6-12 and leading them. As the face of the organization, I had to have excellent communication skills so that parents are able to trust leaders, and are aware of how their children are doing at camp.
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Calgary was an equal opportunity employer. It provides good entry level positions, but advancement is difficult. It is a wonderful place to gain work experience. There are also frequent trainings available to city employees and I'd recommend taking advantage of those.


Great benefits, job security, training opportunities


Difficult to advance, very low pay for entry level positions
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Fun place to work very laid back

Would work again but it was a fun job playing with kids all day so not exactly a career. But I learned a lot about good and bad management styles and professional networking.
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LOVED IT, it was a ton of fun

A typical day at work would begin playing games or sports with young kids. This position has taught me allot, such as How to be patient and more understanding. It has helped me to be more myself and to become not so afraid to let the "kid in me" get out and just have some fun once in a while. The hardest part of my position here was thinking of creative and intuitive ways to coach muay Thai to the youngsters. Even though I have been the sport for so many years, coaching it is a whole other level. It definitely helped me with my presentation skills. A second difficult thing to deal with was preventing and stopping, both with the individual being bullied and the individual being the bully. It was not fun. Very sad to see someone becoming so assumed of themselves because someone was putting them down. My co-workers were a blast! Every Friday night after teen nights all the staff went out for pizza at a pizza place next door. Everyone hung out. The culture was amazing.


group gatherings, tons of interesting opportunities, being a positive role model for youth


being done at work at 1230 am on a friday night, needing more direction, more training
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Working with with a variety of multihandicapped children

Planned and implemented an awareness program for able-bodied and disabled elementary school children.


good employer


challenging job
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Recreation Leader at City of Calgary

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Based on 443 reviews

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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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