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5.0
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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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4.0
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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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4.0
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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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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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4.0
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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.
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Good wages and benefits
Cons
Lower than expected job security
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4.0
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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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5.0
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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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2.0
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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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5.0
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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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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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3.0
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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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4.0
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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.
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Good work/life balance
Cons
No perks
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5.0
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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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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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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
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Pros
Benefits. (Provided to compensate for awful work culture)
Cons
Toxic work culture
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3.0
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The pro's to working with GOA is the job security, and benefits. The Con's in regards to working on GOA are poor management, lack of employee recognition, lack of career advancement.
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5.0
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Low stress, very good work life balance. Thirty five hours or less work week and ample vacation time with multiple paid days off. Potluck lunches and cake celebrations every week.
Pros
Ampler Potluck lunches and Cake celebrations
Cons
None
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5.0
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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
Cons
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. 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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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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Bullying, harassment, managers, safety
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4.0
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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
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Pros
Advancement Opportunities
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Low Starting Pay, Salary Freezes
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