Government Of Alberta
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It was wonderful moving forward on projects that made things easier for the citizens of the province. Issue was continual change in direction and impossible requests by ADM and DM who had no idea how things were funded or paid for.
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Great team
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Ridiculous requests by ADM & DM. They had no knowledge of how things operated and the costs involved
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It’s a very unfortunate situation. Cutbacks, interminable hiring and salary freezes, poor management, reorganizations, unpredictable layoffs, and an ineffectual union make work stressful and difficult. As most people exit they are not replaced, and their work is piled onto those remaining. Decent pay and benefits are all that is left, and even those are being eroded. A lot of great, hard working people are backed into corners and waiting either for retirement or the next opportunity to escape. It will take many, many years before things look up here again. Looking to rejoin the private sector because my health is failing as a result of constant stress, and life is more important than the pension. The money isn’t much better than in the private sector, anyway.
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Nice, public service oriented, smart, and hard-working front line staff. Good salary and benefits if you land a permanent position.
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Not enough people to meet expectations, Unrealistically large workloads, Frequent staff burnout and attrition
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So much wrong with this organization right now. HR leadership is painfully out of touch with outdated HR practices and management styles. Overall the organization does not value HR. Deteriorating employee morale and engagement as management whistles its way past the graveyard. Turnover, demotions, no opportunities for advancement or development. This should be your last choice for an HR career....a brief stop over at best.
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Work life balance maybe but that is being eroded due to turnover issues.
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Lack of resources, outdated practices, no development opportunities, archaic management and leadership, etc.
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Fair amount of opportunities for advancement. Budget was available for training (which was unusual). Immediate management was typically very supportive, whereas higher management seemed not to be as openly supportive or visible. Flexible work arrangements available, benefits were good. Overall a great place to work, and great people to work with.
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Flexible work hours, location allowed for free parking, great people.
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Long hours, stressful periods, many organization changes.
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I love it! Fun to work! Management is great, everybody is supportive. At the beginning not easy, but That's everywhere. As soon, as you pick up the routine and you know your job, you have no problem.
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Free lunches, family atmosphere
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Sometimes boring
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If you enjoy unrealistic goals, ridiculous to nonexistent timelines with a partisan focus, the GOA is the place for you. Your co-workers would likely be some of the best humans around but the higher one goes, the less likely this is to be true. Not all their fault, the elected officials create an atmosphere of fear, mistrust and anxiety.
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Smart, altruistic co-workers
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Unreasonable, uninformed demands which creates a special kind of anxiety that reverberates from the top down.
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With Government for several years. Edmonton was great experience and work culture. Very supportive management. Worked both in Northern and Southern Region of Province. Southern Province nothing but headaches, management full of bullies, negative work place, very clicky, and shoulder tapping is big if you want growth. Northern Region can't speak nothing but positive, South negative and they need new individuals to change the work culture from top down. Not supportive of work life balance. I would go back North for GOA any day. South - specifically Medicine Hat to Lethbridge and to Calgary - Needs change in Management!
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good paid and benifits
Cons
clicky, unhealthy workplace culture, not support of work life balance
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Great place for teamwork. Also had a lot of opportunity for personal input and control over decisions related to the functions for which I was responsible. Nice place for a pre-retirement job!!
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Flex time in working hours.
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Multiple levels of overview on technical and other issues with political implications!
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Order in Council appointment. Irregular work. No real direction provided as it is a neutral independent role.Hiring by the Alberta government is a phantom process as they post approximately 8 to 10 times more jobs than are actually ever filled. True story. if you add up the numbers of jobs posted on the Alberta government website and compare them with the annual number of jobs that are declared "filled", you will see that this is the case. It seems like jobs are posted then taken down and then posted and taken down repeatedly. At least this keeps someone in the HR department employed...lol!
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Clothing allowance
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Irregular and erratic hours no overtime
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Very busy environment doing a lot of data entry every day throughout the day. Work independently, must be a self starter and motivated during the day to get data into the system or filing Writs.
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Great people at the workplace
Cons
Data entry all day long
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Really enjoyed working with Government. Very friendly And helpful people. One has to demonstrate agility to be successful in such organization.Great benefits and opportunity of growth and development.
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My Supervisor and my team members I can not say enough good things about. They were the reason I stayed as long as I did. The job is extremely stressful, and the training is really inadequate. Your team and Supervisor is too busy to properly train you so you are thrown into a very demanding job nearly blind. There is little to no support from upper management and the interview process is a joke. They rate you on a point system and your performance has no bearing, so if you don't interview well then you are pretty much out of luck for any advancement or permanent position. Pay is on the low scale for the work that you do, you feel under valued and under payed in this job.
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Some Supervisors are fantastic
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stressful
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Work environment is worse than a high school. Career advancement is virtually non-existent without being "friends" or "one of the boys" with management - Regardless of your education or qualifications. If you are not good at your job you will get shuffled around from place to place until you either quit or management finds a place where they can "hide" you and you will work there until you quit or retire. Union Representation is virtually non-existent and AUPE will do almost nothing to help you out when you need them. Staff do not follow Standard Operating Procedures Routinely, interpersonal relationships, drug use, alcoholism run rampant. No accountability anywhere as management is constantly trying to get higher management positions and no one wants to ruffle feathers and create investigations or paperwork. One of the most appalling work environments you will ever encounter.
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Working at the Government of Alberta is an amazing job/career opportunity. The salary and benefits are top notch, job security so long as you are permanent is excellent, and there is a strong emphasis on work-life balance. I found the people I worked with at the Government of Alberta extremely friendly, helpful, and collaborative. The culture of the workplace is fast-paced and collaborative. Overall, an excellent place to work, and a place I would recommend to anyone. Only downside is it's extremely difficult to get into, particularly at the moment given the Kenney United Conservative Party Government and all of the cuts occuring to the public secotr. I worked there in 2017, and unfortunately while I was laid off (I was temporary full-time), the job was without a doubt, one of my favorites I've held. Great training and development opportunitites as well, and incredible advancement opportunities within.
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Salary/Benefits, Job Security, Advancement Opportunities, Great culture, Amazing training and development opportunities
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Very difficult to get into, Can be bureaucratic with processes
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Very stressful work environment. Going though lots of restructuring however there is benefit of serving Albertan. Lots of opportunity to move around the organization.
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Leadership within some Ministries (Environment and Parks as one example) is very poor. If you are not a "lifer" or politically connected you will be the subject of harassment and abuse. Working endless hours is expected and yet not acknowledged financially or through performance reviews. The culture is reactive and hostile. Harassment occurs frequently, is tolerated, and is enabled. It is not a culture that respects diversity, inclusion or innovation. The environment will be a step-back in your career and should be avoided if you have other opportunities.
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Typical government agency. You need to have patience and be self driven. It is OK and provides a good life / work balance. I would recommend it and I do miss it.
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Fast paced, demanding position.I have to be able manage multiple priorities at once. I review the Executive Directors email and calendar all day. I have created a processes manual to assist staff with government processes.
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Working with inmates isn’t for everyone . It can be a hard and stressful job but once you get experience it becomes easy . Good pay and opportunity . Good stepping stone to other law enforcement jobs . Cons : shift work . Can be negative work culture .
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We ere responsible for services including registries, land titles, consumer protection and the Alberta Queen's Printer. Performed migrations and got recognition certificate on critical migration done timely and successfully.
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I learned about all three levels of government and their purviews, about stakeholders and lobbyists, and that the government is here to help Albertans so no one should be afraid to call or write in with comments or questions. Most enjoyable part of the job was working with the dedicated staff in the Departments and Ministers' Offices.
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