Government Of Alberta
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Stable environment, but depressing culture

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I worked in HR for the government for approximately 5 years. The culture in recent years has become negative because of the salary freeze, not filling vacancies, being overworked and unrealistic expectations from clients. Overall management is competent and kind, but decisions from the DM don't align with organizational values and negatively impact HR consultants trying their best to help the clients. I would go back once there is a change in government, but there needs to be an entire culture shift. Great learning opportunity in a large organization

Pros

Amazing coworkers and adequate benefits, lots of opportunities to learn in a unionized environment

Cons

Not flexible working arrangements, salary freeze is not fun to deal with
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if you want jobs security and settle for retirement, its great. other wise low Morale, bad culture, just coz its very hard to get fired from the government, people tend it abuse it and take things for granted.

Pros

Jobs Security, fair pay, pension

Cons

too much to list...
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Ruined as a workplace

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.

Pros

Nice, public service oriented, smart, and hard-working front line staff. Good salary and benefits if you land a permanent position.

Cons

Not enough people to meet expectations, Unrealistically large workloads, Frequent staff burnout and attrition
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Very fluid environment, peaks were stressful and valleys were opportunity for learning/training. Overall good place to work.

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.

Pros

Flexible work hours, location allowed for free parking, great people.

Cons

Long hours, stressful periods, many organization changes.
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GOA North Vs. South

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!

Pros

good paid and benifits

Cons

clicky, unhealthy workplace culture, not support of work life balance
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Productive and flexible work environment

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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Great workplace - one of the best I've worked in

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.

Pros

Salary/Benefits, Job Security, Advancement Opportunities, Great culture, Amazing training and development opportunities

Cons

Very difficult to get into, Can be bureaucratic with 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

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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good place to acquire experience

You are well treated. Well paid and the hours are fair. They care about the work and family life balance. I would recommend the government as it has great benefits and pension.
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Child and Youth Care Worker

You can only be hired as casual. Movement is almost non existent unless a salary employee resigns. Very last minute calls/texts asking if you can come in and work. Some Salary employees are clicky among themselves, often shrugging off casuals/ having attitude. 4 supervisors usually on days. You need to always be available to work or else supervisors start having casuals who are their first picks for shifts. Meals provided which is awesome. Salary full time night shift employee is a very nice lady. Very honest and upfront will always try to help casuals.

Pros

Free meals, good pay differential

Cons

Few select toxic salary employees
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Good job

Workplace culture could be a bit more inclusive and team oriented, but wages and benefits are good. Not as much job security as I would have expected. Good work/life balance.

Pros

Good wages and benefits

Cons

Lower than expected job security
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Not bad

Issues with managment. Alot of hours. Hard to balance home life. A lot of overtime. Money is very good. Shift work can be difficult. Promotion is decent
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Excellent

Awesome work/life balance Salary vs work load was fair Managers are supportive Lots of opportunity to advance Endless learning opportunities Overall great sector
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It's depressing

Constantly understaffed because there's no money, staff are stressed and unhappy. No raises in years. No opportunities for advancement or learning. Benefits are nice though.
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productive workplace

good place to work for ,good supportive team team, flexible hours, productive, job-work-life balance. salary, benefits, management, culture, job security
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Excellent Seasonal Employment

Working a season of Wildfire Management can allow you to save up to 80% of you're income because life in the bush is so cheap. Woring in the forest is a fantastic adventure.
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Govenment is a high stressed fast paced position

Government jobs consist of high case loads and extreme demands on time and energy. The benefits and wages are set higher than the average job, but due to the increased demands and stress levels it is often difficult to manage all that is required.
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Relaxed environment

It depends on where you're working but overall, it's been a good and relaxed environment. I have good work/life balance. Benefits are excellent. Management has been great.

Pros

Good work/life balance

Cons

No perks
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Excellent work environment

Good place with knowledgeable people and advancement using Networking. Would recommend for anyone to work with the government of Alberta with the benefits and pension.
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Very few opportunities for advancement unless you're a "yes man"

If you have an opinion - you're black listed. The pay isn't what people think it is especially with mandatory pension deductions / pay for your own benefits / union dues etc etc. Management is extremely top heavy. Always working short staffed and nothing is done about it. Dealing with irate and suicidal clients daily with no safety plans / security in place. Verbal abuse is a daily occurrence. Front line staff are very unappreciated

Pros

It's a job

Cons

Too many deductions to pay
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3 Words: toxic work environment!

1) If they see you are a hard worker with passion, then the long time employees “lifers” dump their work on new comers. They dont like others who might outshine them because it threatens their ego, threatens their intelligence, threatens the status quo minimum level of work requirement/threshold. 2) Lifers are a clicke group, new comers/outsiders not welcome; those hired from outside are treated poorly, especially during probation period. 3) Innovation or new ideas just like in communism is not wanted because it threatens them and the decades long status quo. 4) Innovation or something done to make a process more efficient threatens jobs of otherwise threatens redundant people. 5) They may withold information thats important to do your job. 6) They create drama situations that get the new employee involved/entangled, then blame it on the new employee. 7) I recall one of the receptionists being a drama queen, rude and a bully. 8) Some (but not all) in management are inept sociopathic bullies. 9) HR is complicit in the bullying. Union does not bother to investigate or get statements from witnesses. Any point of view or side taken is that of the manager as provided by the complainant. Lack of investigation or getting witness statements prevents the accused of being heard, understood or exonerated. 10) The job description in the ad posting will look so exciting to bate you in, many different tasks to do. The reality is your job is a typical beauracratic pigeon hole. You do about 2 main tasks day after day. 11) Several of them are not even educated nor professionally - 

Pros

Benefits. (Provided to compensate for awful work culture)

Cons

Toxic work culture
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