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Protected by the union
Career and Employment Consultant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB18 May 2019
The working conditions and benefits are good. There is training available for the positions worked and other supports to ensure job success. It is a pleasure to serve the Albertans receiving care. Very busy work environment. A diverse role that allows for professional growth.
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Job security
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Many layers of bureaucracy
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4.0
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Great place if you can deal with the darker side of life
Correctional Peace Officer (Current Employee) –  Alberta6 May 2019
Great place if you can deal with the darker side of life. Shifts suck though requiring you to work lots of days. Salary pays well and there is always overtime. Management always strives to train and boost individuals.
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Excellent management and team atmosphere
Records Assistant / File Clerk (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB2 May 2019
Respectful and intelligent management. It can get frustrating because with any government job, progress takes time, but, it is a positive place to work with many opportunities.
Cons
Bureaucracy tends to delay action
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2.0
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Correctional Peace Officer
Corerctional Peace Officer (Current Employee) –  Fort Saskatchewan, AB21 April 2019
The bullying and harassment in this place is disgusting. We not only have to deal with inmates belittling us and threatening us, we also have to worry about the staff members lying, spreading rumors, and making our work life so much worse because they are clicky.

The management is completely aware of all of the terrible things that happen and here, they do absolutely nothing about and some of them join in on making fun of people. They do not advance anyone but their friends, and they watch as staff members slowly become different people, some sad, some mean and some just insufferable to around. They do nothing to help because they want their next promotion.

Pay and benefits are good though.
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Pay, benefits
Cons
Bullying, harassment, managers, safety
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Great place to work
Sr. Consultant (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB16 April 2019
GoA provides a great work environment for career growth. It has been adopting the latest technologies to keep up with industry demands. It provides long term contracts.
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3.0
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Pyramidal organization management style
CORRECTIONAL PEACE OFFICER 2 (Current Employee) –  Calgary Remand Centre11 April 2019
Pyramidal organization with low or none opportunity for growth. Management is very rigid and ignorant. Strong culture of low class and morals people. Toxic environment and promoting of the sink or swim culture.
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good workplace
HELITACK MEMBER (Current Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB1 April 2019
I was a Helitack member and I enjoyed the work. I worked in Grande Prairie, Alberta. It was an exciting seasonal position. I am hoping to continue working with the Government of Alberta.
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Don't waste your time
Maintenance service Worker (Former Employee) –  Stony Plain, AB26 March 2019
I now understand why are province is in the state it's in. If any other business in Alberta operated like this they would go under immediately. Poor money management, poor work management, supposed to be cored safety as if. Constantly cut corners in work and in safety. Such a let down very disappointed with government
Pros
Monday to Friday
Cons
Zero support or loyalty
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10 years without Supervisor Training has consequences
Human Resources Consultant (Current Employee) –  Alberta Avenue, AB25 March 2019
The Supervisors and Managers are regularly overwhelmed and under prepared for simple issue management. The Human Resources, IT and other department changes means that the support systems are currently under prepared and under staffed as well.
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Lack of training, constant change
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3.0
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Rewarding
Interim Sales Team Trainer (Former Employee) –  High Prairie, AB20 March 2019
Working with at risk youth to help them build a brighter future for themselves is heavily rewarding while also being an emotional roller-coaster of ups and downs as you see how terrible a hand these kids have been dealt by life.
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Developed CAD Standards for the province
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, Alberta, Canada14 March 2019
The premier of the province, at the time, delivered a televised address to the public and asked if there were any suggestions as to how the government could be more efficient. Offered my suggestions and was hired to tale on the task.
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High profile
Cons
Travel between Calgary and Edmonton
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4.0
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Great career opportunities, but inconsistent pay, and some clueless "people leaders"
Manager (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 March 2019
The union positions have good pay and some of them have very high starting pay with only a few step levels meaning you can reach 100-107k within 2-3 years from the bottom of the range. However, in management there has been a general range freeze and also an in-range increase freeze for many years now. It means someone new could be hired in a Program Services role starting at 87k and within 3 year reach the top of their range which can be as high 100-107k. Whereas a junior Manager could start at 80k flat and be at the same pay 4 years later due to freezes.

Union positions can also have significant overtime and limited responsibilities which basically means higher pay and more opportunity for time off and things like working from home, flex days etc.

Opportunities wise, there is no such thing as a "promotion" although there can be acting roles for more senior staff. Permanent promotion means you have to apply to a different position via a competition just like anyone else, and often times they are open competitions open to the public. If you want to apply to a higher level position you simply apply to different competitions, get interviews, and eventually you will be hired somewhere (usually in a different area). It only takes a few years to go from PS level (about 3 years minimum required) to Manager, and then probably another 4-5 years or so as a Specialist (policy units) or Manager to jump to Director. This can be very different in smaller internal policy units versus larger front line service delivery units. After that there is nowhere else to really go other than lateral
  more... moves or maybe in time to an Executive Director position. Each higher classification only has a marginally higher pay range. The difference is only significant if at the bottom of each range.

The amount of stress, workload, and management really depends on the ministry, division, branch, and unit. They can be very different. And it also depends on the type of work the branch or unit does.

People who claim there are no advancement opportunities are either not applying broadly outside their work areas, or not understanding that true promotions only come from applying to competency based competitions screened by HR (again usually outside the work unit or even ministry). The only exception would be when someone was already acting and then applied to the competition for the position they have already been working in.
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Pros
Advancement Opportunities
Cons
Low Starting Pay, Salary Freezes
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Great benefits
Student Funding (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 February 2019
Worked in a few departments within Student Funding, great atmosphere, work environment and people. Good benefits but hard to move up on the ladder. Some departments had more micromanagement than others.
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Productive and fun workplace
Area Wildfire Logistics Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Slave Lake, AB4 February 2019
Fire season is definitely a highlight if you like working with complex situations, challenges, having to think outside the box, long hours and seasonal employees.


We work hard but we also take time to enjoy the simple things: like getting to know your co-workers, going to AGM's and having team building events.
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Benefits
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4.0
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Good Place to work
Law Court Sheriff (Current Employee) –  Peace River, AB11 January 2019
Overall GOA is very good

It just depends on what department you work for

much like anything in life

Im not really into writing reviews

I think this is kind of forced upon me
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Fun and productive workplace with friendly co-workers.
Junior Forest Ranger (Former Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB8 January 2019
Would be glad to work for them again. I was a Junior Forest Ranger during the summer and would love to do it again if i wasn't too old for it. Co-workers were reliable and so were the group leaders.
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5.0
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right place to work
Information officer-Administrative support (Former Employee) –  Service Alberta2 January 2019
The Government of Alberta has one of the right work environment to bring out the best out of you. there is always an opportunity for growth and moving to other ministry based on your desire
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4.0
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Easygoing
Census Enumerator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB29 December 2018
It was simple, with managers who care. Overall would work here again but probably win a different capacity, due to a new found dislike of working in customer service.
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Analyst (Program Services 2) (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB28 December 2018
I would decline to provide an assessment.

A typical day is concomitant with any office work. There are a variety of skills to be learned. I would decline to provide an opinion on management or the workplace culture. This is too subjective. The hardest part of the job is the inundation of negativity from the Alberta public and what they perceive as a "government employee". The most enjoyable part of the job is public service and the knowledge that you are helping citizens.
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Great place to work
Project Lead (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB24 December 2018
Welcoming environment. Have developed my people skill. Management is good and workplace culture is friendly. The hardest part of the job is managing stakeholder. The most enjoyable part of the job is having a coach to mentor. Awesome place to work.
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