Systems Analyst (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 11 September 2018
One of my biggest complaints about the GOA is that it's very difficult to advance your career and have your voice be heard when you have an issue to deal with. Management can be difficult to deal with.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 12 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.
Administrator - Traffic Sheriff Operations (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 30 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.
Manager Service Desk (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 8 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.
Manager, Writing and Editing (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 22 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.
Toxic Workplace - Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Economist (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 20 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.