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Terrible work environment. Seniority is the only criteria for movement.
Parks and Recreation worker (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB29 October 2019
The city of Calgary was a good summer job for a short period of time. But the work environment was bad at best. You have no ability to advance in the industry and no changes could be made to staff due to the union.
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Highly interesting with a great work variety.
Disability Management Advisor (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 September 2019
First of all my boss was the very best in terms of leadership and caring. As in most corporate environments there are colleagues who just don’t know how to get along with others and this decreases the value of your job. The pay and benefits are the great as is the work/life balance. The city is different in that City Counsellors and top brass pass down orders and directives that are almost impossible for a manager to complete. The managers then look like the bad guys when passing directives to the average workers. Again this is the difficulty working in a corporate atmosphere. Otherwise the City takes care of their employees well, especially at the Fire Department.
Pros
Advancement, Learning, Benefits
Cons
Corporate environment
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4.0
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family oriented company to work for.
Business Strategy and Contract Lead (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB24 September 2019
It was very hands off and I was free to manage my own work days.

There was a lot of office politics though. The pay was fair and there was nice to have every 3rd Friday off.
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3.0
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Great place to work
HR Consultant (Contract) (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 September 2019
Great place to work with a diverse culture and good leadership values. The organization values growth and development and supports mental health. The compensation is good.
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good work environment
Collections Driver (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 September 2019
This is a great career and employer but with cut backs and other outside influences looming it has become a very unknown and unstable future type workplace. Very stressful not knowing what is happening day to day and no potential to advance or increase income! After contract negotiations the workers were left to live with ZERO increases for 3 years while inflation and the cost of living in Calgary continuously skyrockets out of control! It's Impossible to survive or even buy a home on a single income for a ridiculous amount of work and health and safety concerns with no wage increases while a loaf of bread is $4.00 and higher ! Totally unacceptable from a city employer from my vast career experiences!
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ok
Driver/Operator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 July 2019
The work was great but management don’t have a clue on how to operate and deal with people always trying jack the personal around especially in winter don’t train the for the shortage of equipment operators always training more operators on loaders when they have tons but in graders which is shortage is the last to get trained on.
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No life and health balance they don’t care about that
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Great place to work
Community Urban Planner (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB11 July 2019
Work life balance was amazing here as was the compensation. Lots of opportunities to move around and move up. Job security and access to great benefits.
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Great place to work but bureaucratic
Calgary Transit Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB11 July 2019
Worked with great people. Positive and challenging work environment.
Pros
Great benefits and working hours
Cons
Part time because of union - hard to get additional hours
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Great place to work and retire
Engineer-in-Training (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB23 May 2019
The City of Calgary is a very good government to work for. They pay well, offer great work-life balance, solid benefits, pension plan. Managers lead by example, are strong communicators.

Most employees work there in order to retire, not for the challenge or opportunity to grow, and are not very ambitious
Pros
Comfy job
Cons
Not overly challenging
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4.0
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It's a union job so it depends what kind of person you are.
Waste and Rycycling Collections/ Driver (seasonal) (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB24 April 2019
Would be a great place to work if you start young and don't mind working your way up the hierarchy. Until you reach seniority you can expect to be put on any rout or traded to any department or given any job for many years. I was told by other employees the best way to succeed there is to do exactly as you're told but don't do any extra because no one will notice or care if they do. That was very good advice.
Pros
good pay and benifits, schedual rotation gives you 4 days off in a row, community clean ups were fun
Cons
union culture hard to get used to, some sketchy people work there
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4.0
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Dedicated route service
Transit Operator, Department of Transportation (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 April 2019
Everything is great about working for the City of Calgary Transit department except for the daily 12 hour split shifts, the monotony of the work, the hazards of traffic, and the threat of assault from hostile customers. It requires great dedication, collaboration with other operators to accommodate shift changes, ability to deal with difficult customers and to operate a bus and stay on schedule, safely and with courtesy at all times, on various routes, sometimes more than two or three different routes per day, regardless of conditions of the roadway and the customer, including drunken and belligerent customers. Other than all that, it pays very well, has great medical benefits, a good pension, union support, and free uniform including shoes, socks, winter coat and gloves.
Pros
Excellent pay
Cons
High stress, daily 12 hour split shifts
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Nice to work there
Senior Programmer Analyst (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB17 February 2019
Nothing very fascinating but people are nice. Still stick with old technology. They try to grow but things are slow. Good benifits and salary. Free parking at some locations is good.
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Amazing Employer
Information Management Analyst (Current Employee) –  City of Calgary21 January 2019
Great people to work with, awesome learning and advancement opportunities. Possible education assistance. Great benefits and hours of work. Very flexible.
Pros
Flexibility, benefits, hours, pay, people
Cons
Commute to some locations
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Complex work
Peace Officer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB6 January 2019
Interesting and complex work, good people and lots of diverse jobs.

Leadership is hit or miss depending on the department and division you are in.

Great pay and benefits
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Fun to Work with Kids
Summer Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 June 2018
it was a definite learning experience where I strengthened my role of leadership. I was making no money because it was volunteering but I received a few free lunches and had some great times
Pros
Working with Kids
Cons
different location every week
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Fine, During a Downturn
Project Specialist (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 April 2018
The City is the place to go when there are no other options - generally most staff seem less capable then most in the private sector. The pension is good, but overall salary is quite low.
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Great hours - Flex days
PARIS Data Entry Clerk (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 March 2018
Most enjoyed working with the developmental department assisting with the implementation of new software for the occupational hazard and incident reporting.
Pros
Great hours, calm work environment and good salary
Cons
employment is mostly temporary
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Everything non-critical is contracted out
IMAC Technician (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB26 February 2018
As a sub-contractor, opportunity for advancement is minimal. You do not get all the tools to perform your job efficiently and receive pressure on things out of your control.
Pros
A paycheck
Cons
Minimal reward or incentive.
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Parks Management
Seasonal Labourer (Current Employee) –  Calgary20 February 2018
I worked for parks since 1996 and now worst season. The city hires contracting out for parks and roads. Normally. Started work on April 1st until November Remembrance Day long weekend. April 1st to November 10th. Now the city changed to April 15th to October 10th.I am seasonal park labourer and truck driver. I was hard worker, maintenance, litter pick, laying on the sods, playround renovation, painting, baseball diamonds grooming, inspect bleachers and more.

Our health benefits are excellent. I do not recommended anyone to apply for parks due to corruption.
Pros
very poor
Cons
needs to improve and needs new manager.
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Fun
Gymnastics Coach (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 January 2018
This was a really fun place to work while in school. Flexible hours and good pay. Would love to go back one day. There were many wonderful people I worked with.
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