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Gratifying work, top-heavy

Benefits and pay are fair and there’s a health and wellness program. I enjoy the work as you can see direct positive impacts in the community. There are many layers of management with leads, coordinators, managers. It’s extremely stressful to have work constantly downloaded through attrition and departmental business changes. There’s a lack of accountability and change impact review as well as out of touch upper management.

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Benefits and decent pay

Cons

Problematic management
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Some good years

Decent pay and work-life balance, but limited career advancement opportunities. Stigma of lazy environment. The farther from center the worse harassment and favoritism problems. Big words about commitment and values, but no second thought when it's time for lay offs. Satisfaction surveys are only collected in good times, and no exit polls for departing employees. Dysfunctional union that restricts flex work, caps salaries below market, and does not represent employee.

Pros

Annual salary increase, decent pension plan.

Cons

Questionable job security, no/weak bonuses, health & dental compensations not reviewed for ages, union spoiled many benefits.
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Good ambiance and enough money

its a great place to work i wish im working there again. And very competitive wages and lots of benefits if you become a regular employee of the city
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Excellent place to work

The City is an Excellent place to work especially for long term employment. Used to have a better pension plan structure and better retirement payout etc

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Competitive salary scale

Cons

At times politicized by manageable
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A solid employer who offers great work/life balance

I have been employed with The City of Calgary for over 11 years and have found them a very good employer with the opportunity to progress and also change career The offer very competitive wages for a municipality and work/life balance is something they pride themselves on. The City is a very sort after place to work in Calgary. The team I work on is busy and high achieving, but we still have fun in our day to day tasks and going to work each day is always enjoyable.

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Good benefits, stable work environment

Cons

Union structure can sometimes be restrictive
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Ok

Ok place to work Good pay Not stable No benefits until full time Need another job while working here as no guarantees of hours per week Favouritism plays a role when covering shifts unfortunately
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Good place to work, not as interesting as some private offices, but good work culture.

Very little in terms of out of work stuff going on in the office, but the office is relaxed and good to work at. Low pressure environmkent, typically get in and go about your work. Expected to get work done, but not pushed to work all the time, so breaks are expected.
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Stable place to work

Steady employment with opportunities in the future. Excellent pension and benefits. Safety positive environment. Good place to develop new skills and learn.
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Great Benefits, No Advancement

When you're at the bottom of the totem pole when working for the city, it takes YEARS to move up. I was stuck on the night shift for 7 years with no light at the end of the tunnel. I have young children and working nights became too much on my body and family. They have wonderful benefits and holiday/sick time and paid pretty good though!
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Good Pay Fun Workplace

It was fun to work for the city, met good people. The pay was good and fair. I also learned lots of new things. Only thing that was bad was some of the management.

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Foreman, job stress was high

Stable secure job. Wages seem good at first, but deductions for all your benefits reduces take home pay in a big way. Good people overall, but troublemakers never get fired. Worked there 27 years. The pension is nice. Be aware, this is a sewage treatment plant! A very large sewage treatment plant.
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Terrible work environment. Seniority is the only criteria for movement.

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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City of Calgary

I strongly suggest to anyone to work for the city of Calgary because it’s relaxed and there’s a wide verity of work to be done and the benefits are ok and the pay is good
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Highly interesting with a great work variety.

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.

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Advancement, Learning, Benefits

Cons

Corporate environment
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family oriented company to work for.

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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Great place to work

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

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

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

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

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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