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Lots of Change
Public Lands Officer (Current Employee) –  Alberta28 June 2018
Working for the Government of Alberta can be very rewarding but it has challenges as well. Politics influence decisions and change is constant. Government jobs are much different today than they were 30 years ago.
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Great place to work
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - TEMP (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB22 June 2018
I enjoyed working there, the other staff were very friendly and nice and the environment was great and i really enjoyed the work i was doing. My supervisor was very nice and encouraging.
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Good seasonal job but bureaucracy and incompetence of senior staff makes sticking around a hard thing
Unit Crew Subleader (Current Employee) –  Hinton, AB21 June 2018
Alberta Wildfire is an awesome seasonal job for any student. I enjoyed my time in the crew program! The crew program is awesome and I cannot stress enough how great of an experience it is! The job’s only downfall is the full time staff. The culture of the office is we are good enough and little to nothing changes. This is however starting to change and hopefully the idealistic newcomers don’t get beaten down by the bureaucracy and continue to make the office side of things more efficient.
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Working with the government of Alberta
Administrative Assistant (Temporary) (Former Employee) –  Westmount Corporate Campus, Calgary, AB20 June 2018
Getting the messages at the fax machine, gathering mails and packages that arrived our office and placing each of these items on the inbox of each personnel. would be the first thing for me to do. A happy attitude with a sweet smile are things to carry on at work. Being mindful of job performance is key to be successful. And I enjoy decorating our social rooms on parties and get-togethers.
Pros
Ice Cream and Specialty desserts
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Excellent place to work
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB18 June 2018
I really enjoyed working here. The people are excellent and the environment was fun. Only problem was how long it took to receive a raise and there wasn't any way to advance in your career.
Pros
Excellent job security and work environment
Cons
no room for advancement
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First Class Department
Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 June 2018
This department within the GOA is a great example of "change starts with the leadership". From the top down, initiatives were practiced well before they were preached.
Pros
Good pay. Good hours. Outstanding management.
Cons
None.
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Poor Culture
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB12 June 2018
Human Resources and Labour Relations are two very different working groups. Labour Relations looks down on HR people, even though very few of the LR people have their CPHR designations. Lots of profanity used by LR Consultants, can hardly speak without using F-bombs or "JC".

If you come in from outside of Government there is an expectation that you just know. The culture does not encourage asking questions. Be prepared to be "set up to fail".

Consultants are more interested in gabbing in the hallways than actually doing work.
Pros
Salary and pension
Cons
Very little leadership or direction provided
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High volume of stressful work
Case Worker (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 May 2018
Very busy office with high stressful work in a fast pace environment. Staff work well together and are easy to get along with. There is a lot of training that is provided for new and existing staff.
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It could be better
Child Care Subsidy Assessor (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 May 2018
my job is drab and unfulfilling, time for a change.
the workplace culture could use a hold lot of work. expected to take on more and more with no extra pay.
Pros
Pension and great benefits
Cons
Under Paid
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Fast!
Administrator - Traffic Sheriff Operations (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB30 April 2018
Alberta's traffic sheriffs work in partnership with the RCMP in 20 Integrated Traffic Units (ITUs) across the province, and staff from both organizations work to ensure the roads are as safe as possible for Alberta's families. The integrated model is governed by an MOU between the Provincial and Federal Government.
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Great place to work
Administrative Assistant/Facilities Assistant (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB13 April 2018
Great place to work. Great employees. Work/life balance. Room for growth. Challenging and rewarding. Internal courses to further growth. Supportive management.
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Bad enviroment for seasonal employees
Camp manager (Former Employee) –  Calling Lake, AB9 April 2018
Old boys club> Not all but many full time employees look down on seasonal employees and treat them poorly so that they don't want to return the following year.
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Government pretty typical
Manager Service Desk (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB8 April 2018
Pretty typical government role There is the standard mix of people trying to get ahead and those that are happy to just coast. Conditions between Union and Management are strained, but overall, if you are looking to coast, they are ready and willing to let you not make waves.

Having said that, I worked with some entertaining managers who were happy to get out of your way if you were working hard.
Pros
Fixed days
Cons
Stagnant culture
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Gardener
Gardener (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB7 April 2018
I would do as my boss told me.
Picking weeds, reorganizing the flowers in the right spots, watering plants, cleaning plants, and transporting plants.
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bureaucracy
Deskside Analyst (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB6 April 2018
bureaucratic workplace concerned with keeping status quo
doesn't lend itself to change or adaptability
slow work pace
decent pay
general apathy amongst employees
Pros
secure job
Cons
bureaucratic nightmare
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Secure job with benefits, interesting work
Director, Communications (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB1 April 2018
Typical day includes planning events, answering media calls, briefing senior officials. Lots of time spent in meetings or planning. Some writing and editing. Manage a small team.
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You're doing important work
Manager, Writing and Editing (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB22 March 2018
Beats working for profit, if you like having a higher purpose. Be prepared for rigid bureaucracy. The culture changes when the elected government changes, and a lot depends on the individual manager you work for. Salary and benefits are excellent.
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Toxic Workplace - Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Economist (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB20 March 2018
Nepotism and favoritism are rampant and the key to advancement – either by being connected politically or to the senior management.

Senior managements’ engagement is abysmal and this is reflected in the overall workplace culture.

There is a terrible double standard between senior managements’ high expectations of the rank and file and their low expectations of themselves. Deadlines are frequently not met owing to their foot dragging - then blamed on the staff.

Communication between management and staff is incredibly poor and hampers staffs' ability to perform.

Passive aggressive bullying and belittlement are all too common for an organization that has regular (and ultimately meaningless) initiatives aimed at anti-bullying and employee engagement.

Constructive feedback is not provided to staff, nor tolerated from staff. Providing constructive feedback will result in punishment - even when done through the supposedly anonymous employee survey (and my ADM simply shrugged his poor showing off and blamed it on his superiors during a session where he chewed the division out over the results of the survey).

Training and development opportunities are provided in a similar fashion to opportunities for advancement - through nepotism and being a member of the insider clique.
Pros
It is a job in a tight economy.
Cons
Everything
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Strategic planning for human resources
Manager (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB20 March 2018
Lots of variety and opportunity. Culture is what you make of it. Constant change is the biggest adjustment most people have to make. Great people and good working conditions
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Challenging - everyday!
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB14 March 2018
Not for the faint of heart. Public service at its finest, and most frustrating! The bureaucracy can be a safety net to help employees out but can also stifle creativity.
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