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A typical day at work in The City of Calgary is wonderful because there you are treated with dignity. Everybody share values and are committed to do their best. That's why The City of Calgary is a great place to work.
Personally the best job I have had to date. This is a perfect place to learn new skills and become part of a life long community. The most enjoyable part of this job is being part of recreation and creating a safe and fun environment for children, youth and adults. The hardest part of this job is terminating your position after being part of this lovely community. This job is for people who work hard, have a passion for kids and aquatics, are open to learning and growing as a individual.
The best part about the City - work life balance. With 7.75 hours a day, you get to take every alternate Fridays off. Work culture is very self motivated i.e. if you are motivated enough to get something done then you take the initiative to get it done without the possibility of extra pay. As with every other job there are pluses and minuses. Talk to as many people as you can and create your own opinion about working for the City.
Great work security and work life balance
limited opportunities for career advancement
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
Not overly challenging
Excellent colleagues, environments, open to new ways of doing things and they care about their staff improving and gaining experience as well as training. The culture is diverse. The clients are very demanding on the operations side of things and they can be the worst part of the job.
Exposure and experience to different things
Client expectations are difficult to manage, promotions are not that easy to come by
I took a 6 month contract at the City of Calgary with the hopes of getting a full time position. Unfortunately there were funding cut backs and my position was not extended. The most frustrating part of working for the City is room for advancement. I applied for several jobs that I had all of the qualifications for, but never even received one interview. This was due to seniority within the union at the City.
Good work/life balance
Very hard to advance
I enjoyed working for the Calgary Fire Department for 25 years. I retired as a Captain in charge of a firehall with men and equipment to serve the citizens of Calgary. Learned many skills in firefighting, saving lives and protecting property and the environment. The hardest part was dealing with people injured and how their lives were affected. The most enjoyable part was seeing how happy people were when we helped them
Saving lives, helping people
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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.
good pay and benifits, schedual rotation gives you 4 days off in a row, community clean ups were fun
union culture hard to get used to, some sketchy people work there
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.
High stress, daily 12 hour split shifts
Top heavy management, too many managers who micro manager to few union staff. Management are arrogant and vile. Lots of bullying and intimidation. To cut property taxes, cut management. Those who do the work are union people. MME's do nothing except micro manage.
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