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urban forestry
Management of a small crew (Former Employee) –  Camrose, AB15 January 2018
pay was great, but the city would keep around totally useless workers. Its impossible to get rid of a bad employee

benefits were fantastic pay was great
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A large, open-minded local government providing for its citizens
RECREATION LEADER (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 December 2017
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
CNS Recreation Leader (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB23 December 2017
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.
Pros
Great benefits, job security, training opportunities
Cons
Difficult to advance, very low pay for entry level positions
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Great for advancement
Foreman/Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 December 2017
Good company, if you desire advancement they will be willing to promote from within. They are great for advancement, learning new skills, and job security.
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Productive workplace in the centre of a lively city
Geomatics Engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 December 2017
A very nice to work with job security. Good work/life balance and excellent opportunities for career development. Fast paced most of the time subject to economic factors.
Pros
Morning and Afternoon breaks and one Friday off every month
Cons
Salary a bit lower than private sector
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Fun and pleasure to work place
Business System Analyst (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 November 2017
Good experience and enjoyed my tenure.
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Pros
Culture
Cons
Trust
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Great experience working in the city of calgary in 2 limited term contracts
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB6 November 2017
On a typical day at work I would answer anywhere between 60-80 calls.

I learned how to work with 29 different business units.

Management was great with support.

Hardest part of the jobs was sometimes having to sent service request to other departments that take time to adhere to.

Fulfilling customer requests and being able to help them out.
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Challanging but fun position
Transit Operator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB1 November 2017
Daily challenges safely transporting people under a variety of conditions that can change in an instant. Always nice at the end to be told what a great job you had done by the customers, yet never knowing what any particular day will bring your way!
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Pretty good job
Special Events Crew (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB19 October 2017
The only thing is it's hard work and the schedule is not definite and management is a little unorganized but other then that it's great people, rewarding work and a satisfactory part time job.
Pros
wages, easy shifts, lenient
Cons
random schedule, hard work, outdoors
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Great company to work for, management is super nice
Junior Traffic Asset Management Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 October 2017
Best manager I've been with, the working environment and co-workers are very laid back, lot's of opportunities to transfer between departments and lots of opportunities to grow.
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A good place to grow and develop professional experience
Team Lead, Operations Engineering (Former Employee) –  Calgary, Ab6 October 2017
The work environment allowed a wide scope of professional practice. A friendly environment where coworkers were willing to share their experience and knowledge.
Cons
Management changes were frequent
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Not what it used to be
Heavy Duty Technician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB5 October 2017
You always hear about how working for the city is a life long career and how the benefits are so great but it really was not that great.

City hires most people on contracts for years and before you become permanent they lay you off so they aren't stuck with you. They hire Sait students with big promises and never follow thru. The pay is really good and its a pretty relax environment generally but then once in a while management would drop the hammer on the team leads, who in turn drop the hammer on foreman, who in turn take it out on you for absolutely nothing.

The guys doing the hiring and firing don't know who you are and have never seen you do a day of work. so if you do good work everyday for years and have a couple of mistakes in a row management will wash their hands with you.

the facilities are all dated, a lot of old school mentality with guys just working to retire in the next few years and don't really care about the job anymore.
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Everything about this work is great!
OPINION SURVEYOR (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB22 September 2017
Amazing management, work life balance, great corporate culture, great pay rate , value of employees , flexibility , and employees are always encouraged to learn more and more
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Well paying Lifeguard position
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB19 September 2017
Working for the City of Calgary has the benefit of being part of a union which in turn leads to certain pros and cons. Good pay and benefits are both nice to have however overtime is hard to come by and the structure of the Aquatics hierarchy make advancement hard to come by. The majority of the job is closer to public relations and teaching rather than life guarding itself.
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Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB18 September 2017
Poor upper management.
Poor opportunity for advancement.
Poor pay.
Poor conflict resolution.
Wasteful of taxpayers money.
Unable to change for the better.
Stuck in 50s management mentality.
Pros
Not a lot other than 3rd fridays off, but you work the hours anyway
Cons
see review
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Typical government work environment
Seasonal Gardener (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB18 September 2017
Some good, some bad. The presence of a union ensures that anyone with a poor attitude or a lackluster work ethic stays on for years, effectively poisoning positive spirits. Salary is way above industry average, and most people are great to work with.

On the plus side, I was blessed with an excellent boss who provided me with whatever I needed and even provided support on her days off!

Very difficult to get a full-time, permanent position here, and I'm not sure I'd want one. They can move you, change your position and you have no say over what they've decided.
Pros
Above average salary
Cons
Union
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Excellent job.
Calgary Transit Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Victoria Park Bus depot.12 September 2017
I loved my years working for Calgary Transit. Felt respected and valued. A great opportunity to work with other professional drivers and provide customer service.
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Do not work here!
Emergency Communications Officer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 September 2017
Management is poorly trained and long time staff are very nasty. Probably a form of PTSD or Compassion Fatigue but not a very pleasant atmosphere to work in.

The job itself, 911, is stressful but very rewarding.
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On duty emergency team
City of Calgary FD Captain (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 September 2017
Early safety meetings followed by vehicle maintenance . Review of public safety notifications. Emergency responses as called upon. Training in theory and practical application.
Pros
team work
Cons
stressful situations of life and death
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Depends on the department
Business Process Analyst (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 August 2017
Got to work with good people on interesting projects. They are committed to developing staff, doing solid work and place high value on customer service.
Pros
development opportunities
Cons
some managers are toxic
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