PUBLIC SERVICES ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Cochrane, AB – 17 September 2018
Overall, if you are geared for jobs related to libraries and education, then this is a good job for you. A typical day at work is spent organizing and processing materials and helping people locate information that they need. Attention to detail and good organization plus multi-tasking skills required. Also, constant interruptions occur so be prepared for that too.
Facility Operator (Current Employee) – RancheHouse – 31 July 2018
Managers are promoted based on nepotism not based on skills, abilities or education. HR (old senior manager and current manager) are the worst offenders and protect themselves by promoting people who are less qualified for their job. When a rising star is identified they are either bullied out of the organization, or leave for better positions elsewhere. Recently unionized so hopefully things can change. The new CAO is a bully and people protect him out of fear, not respect. Payroll is a disaster and you end up having to complain directly to your senior manager to get mistakes corrected, otherwise it is simply overlooked.
Parks Operator (Former Employee) – Cochrane, AB – 18 September 2017
This position gives the operator a great deal of freedom. On a daily basis you are required to make your own schedule and work according to your own plan. Execution of plantings and other projects within the parks are at the discretion of the operator and are a huge part of what make this job attractive. The management team makes sure each employee has whatever tools are needed (including safety supplies), and also provides ample training opportunities.
Lots of opportunity for continuing education and/or training
Productive and fun workplace but sometimes stressful as well
Urban Planner (Current Employee) – Town of Cochrane – 21 May 2017
A typical day as a municipal planner is responding to planning inquiries and processing Development Permit Applications. Planners are also involved in long range planning initiatives including the development of statutory plans. As a planner you must also engage with developers through several meetings and be a facilitator in conflict resolution. The hardest part of my current work environment is being able to manage the multiple task one must complete within limited period of time. Development Permit and Subdivision application are time sensitive process and must be completed within a certain time periods. This can pose a challenge when one is required to process several applications at once.
Public Works (Former Employee) – Cochrane, On – 28 May 2014
I was student so a typical work day was, to cut the lawn in parks, cemeteries. I would also work on the garbage truck about once a week. I learned to work with different people and equipment. The management and my co-workers were great people and enjoyable to work for and with them.