Senior Retail Sales Associate | Grey, ON | Jun 30, 2019
I am a Stores Attendant at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital and Misericordia Community Hospital. My acting Supervisor uses me as his casual in between the Grey Nuns and the MIS; because I know every job in between. I was trained in shipping and receiving, the driver position, which is also the delivery person within the hospital, this person delivers items that the couriers deliver to the hospital, and also the Stores position of course. I have been a casual with Covenant Health since Dec. of 2015. Recently a position became available within our department because an employee accepted another position at the MIS. This person has only been in the position for a couple of months or less than. So the job was not re posted and awarded to another casual within our department. This casual has not even been in our department for a couple of months and it was awarded to her. My supervisor did not even let me know that she was awarded the position. I had to find out from my fellow employees that this person was awarded the position. I am not only upset by this, but also offended. My supervisor has always told me to keep trying and that I would get the position next time. He's always said "next time" which has given me false hope. He knows that I want a full time position and that has always been my goal. My other employees are also upset that I did not get this position as well. I believe that this is a personal attack against me as my supervisor and I have had an argument several tim
Okay place to work, if you even halfway do your job you will seldom see your manager. Probably one of the most disorganized and management heavy places I have ever worked. They seem to always be able to find money to create new management positions , or to give themselves raises. For instance on their statement of remuneration you will see a vice president who made $273,215.90 in salary and $39,434.77 worth of benefits in 2015 go to making $454,876.83 In salary and $64,274.22 worth of benefits in 2016 and, as of 2018 his job title still hasn't changed. Tell me how these outrageous raises are justified and yet the budget for maintenance keeps shrinking even though the buildings keep getting older. The directors are more concerned with making their paperwork look good on graphs and charts then they are about actually putting systems in place to help you get maintenance done at the facility. The benefits although everyone thinks that they are good actually suck. Among other things the dental rate chart must be from back in the 90s as the rates that they cover 80% of, are nowhere close to what the dentist actually charges. The portion covered for things like orthotic inserts for your boots, chiropractic, massage and Eyeglasses are also not anywhere near what you will spend on these items. The problem is that the benefits probably won't get much better because there are too many low paying jobs at AHS where the employees would rather see $0.25 an hour on their cheque r
ConsVery top heavy, benefits need improved, union that doesnt care
i found the majority of management were competent, and willing to try new ideas for better staffing, retention, training, and improving workplace culture (one place not so much and its why they're having a nightmare). definitely one of the better employers i have had as an experienced nurse who has worked in 2 provinces and a territory so far. i felt supported in my role, and you have ample resources and modular training to refer back to, educators so far have been incredible for on the job training and during onboarding (sounds like a bare minimum but i also came from northern remote jobs where you are literally left to figure it out all on your own and the training is a crash course made by someone who has no business or lacks experience in health care). its a huge employer, if you cant find this in your current role, trying a new one is usually easier to do by trying temporary assignments. your wage, shift differentials, and contract in this province is still probably the best in the country for work conditions and overall quality of life for being a nurse in our country. some hospitals are very old though and lack basic equipment or room functionality. for example you can be in a specialty where the unit was made 40 years ago, theres no lunch or break room for staff, washrooms are tiny, charting rooms non existent, crowding is insane... to then being in newer facilities that have beautiful amenities for breakrooms, washrooms, patient rooms are huge, you arent traveling ar
Prosflexibility in workplace for temp assignments, benefits, rrsp matching, pension, educators
Conshard to be hired as an external without an in person, hit and miss work environments (takes maybe a few tries to find the perfect job but they do exist), alberta is way too conservative
I have been with Alberta Health Services for over 14 years in Postpartum in a hospital setting for 2 years and then in Public Health giving vaccinations for 2 years and then specializing in Postpartum Community Health Services ever since. I am also a Lactation Consultant. My typical day involves engaging in new moms and babies the day after they leave the hospital and following them up until the baby is 2 months of age if required. I provide resources, complete Postpartum Depression Screens to moms I feel are at risk. I also have follow up telephone calls based on prior visits to assess progress and arrange further follow up if necessary. I work independently, but am able to consult with NTT or SW if needed. I have learned so much, but I would place emphasis on not judging anyone, learning effective communication skills and I feel and have been told by management many times my assessment skills far exceed expectations in every area. I am able to develop a quick rapport with clients which is essential. My co-workers, for me, are another set of eyes on calculating serum bilirubin samples I have collected to ensure no mistakes are made. The hardest part of my job is that I feel I must complete a full assessment no matter how long it takes, even though management only assigns 1.25 hrs per client. At times, this can be done if the rest can be done over the phone. But if I am at a clients' home, I will not have them commute to the office to be seen for the rest of the as
ProsI am very confident and conscientious in my job
I am extremely frustrated, disappointed and angry with AHS and how it is functioning and how administration has fostered a style of bullying and fear
I am so disappointed with the culture of AHS. The bullying that occurs by physicians to RN's RD' working in out patient clinics, staff so paranoid of loosing their jobs they are unwilling to give a few in/out catheters from an Urgent Center to assist an Evacuation Center, staff being laid off but administration continuing to get their bonuses, expenses and large salaries when we at the front line are giving out of out pocket and out own supplies to clients so that our clients are not going without. Wo cares for the people who AHS is suppose to be providing services for-the front line workers-but who gets the benefits and bonuses-upper management and administration-how does this work??? The amount of time and energy that is needed to complete what is necessary to work with our patients is exhausting those of us on the front line but if we don't do it -the physicians are not. This then sets precedent and management expects it continues and provides no support for back up or replacement. There is no balance and burn out is prevelent
No one is winning it appears except those who come in -create chaos-get the big severance pay and get out
I have been in health care since 1985 -I have never seen such a mess nor such frustration and back stabbing fear amongst the employees.
This has to be fixed, the bullying management and heirachy style that been adapted recently needs to stop
I am disappointed and absolutely embarrassed how AHS represented or rather had lack of repres
ProsCan't think of any
Senior Administrative Assistant | Edmonton, AB | Aug 1, 2022
Good pay, but not worth dealing with leadership
For ten years I worked at AHS and met some of the best coworkers I've worked with and genuinely enjoyed my job. Management was hit or miss at first, but the new waves in the past few years was increasingly toxic and prone to micromanagement. Retirements and transfers became common.
Then the covid measures hit, and insne procedures coupled with an increasing workload started to raise burnout. People were tired, but the amount of work still increased. My coworkers and Iwere still able and willing to deal with it though.
Then AHS leadership decides to take my medical decisions into their own hands and forces people to either get vaccinated or take an indeterminate leave of absence. Surely this means they are serious about patient care and are only looking out for the health of the patients, right?
Three to four months later, they rescind this requirement. This means they were doing this to punish those who failed to comply, and not interested in following the science in the first place.
Management / leadership has zero respect for your time, commitment, and well-being. You are a cog, and as soon as you go against their rather arbitrary agenda you will be replaced. If you are aspiring to work there my only hope is that you dont value your individuality because you will have your spirit crushed under the weight of bureaucracy and procedure; all of which is poised to be turned on you as soon as you deviate from the monolith of the company.
Uniting most of Albertas healthcare u
ProsPay is sufficient, job was alright, coworkers were great
ConsGreat coworkers never made it to management, leadership is inflexible and patronizing.
I worked for AHS for 10 years in the Mental Health department. Great pay and benefits. If you luck out with a good Sup and Manager then life will be great and you can enjoy your work, helping those in need.
If you get the typical burnt out Counsellor/Therapist unable to support clients any more that gets into a supervisory position where they check boxes and tell front line what to do, be warned.
Toxic management from the top down. Underqualified management and supervisors- promoted by taking internal courses and nepotism.
Area Managers overseeing large parts of Alberta with little/incorrect understanding of Best Practices.
Very toxic 3rd party whining: you are expected to say that you'd go directly to a co-worker if there's a conflict, but most don't. So management sits down and compiles anything they have on you and throw it all at you, rather than speaking to you immediately about any possibility of directing or training you to improve.
Supervision is almost non-existent other than self-reporting and hours of meetings and meetings about meetings, when you should be actually providing service to clients.
Little regard for clients from management: numbers count though.
Lots of unbelievably lazy co-workers doing the minimum. If you are a go-getter and enjoy serving people in need, prepare to see some terrible "therapy" and "support" from sheepskin-waving cohorts with no actual empathy, ability or enthusiasm to do the job.
I watched many excellent employ
ProsSalary and benefits. The honour to serve the public.
ConsRoll of the dice whether you get decent management. Lots of C.Y.A**
• Reporting directly to the Executive Director and Manager , while providing exceptional Administrative and organizational support to the Senior Consultant, Assistant Scientific Director, Two Senior Medical Directors, Project Manager .I also work closely and provide coverage with the Vice President and Executive Administrative Staff.
• Responsible for managing and the organization of the Executive Director and Manager's calendar’s, Email, and Voice mail
• Providing support and follow-up for key issues and meetings. Creating correspondence including editing and formatting of letters, memos and reports, ensuring that all outgoing materials are accurate in regards to spelling, grammar and sentence structure, while maintaining confidentiality
• Providing assistance with collation of briefing notes, statistical, budgetary, operational and audit materials
• Prepare meeting packages and ensuring background related material is available.
• Arranges all activities related to committee meetings including the preparation and sending out of meeting agendas
• Maintain a “bring-forward” database for assignments, meetings, action requests and projects to ensure timelines are met.
• Responsible for overseeing Financials and providing support to the Executive Director with completing individual employee payrolls, RMS, Management Reporting, Oracle and MarkView
• Point of contact for the program
ProsFlex Spending Account
ConsHours of work changed from date of hire - makes for a difficult commute
productive and fast paced, working with the residents and patients enjoyable
A typical day at work was very busy, fast paced with a lot of multi tasking with a definite need of team work and communications between co workers and paying attention to details, I learned a lot about the dynamics of working within a hospital atmosphere and everything that working in a bigger kitchen entails.The manager i was working with was very nice and seemed approachable and understanding and takes her job seriously,Unfortunately the workplace culture had become somewhat toxic with a lot of lying and gossip, back stabbing as well as some bullying and belittling from certain co workers for a long period of time with no resolution, nor did i want to make the situation any worse for my self or anyone else, at the same time i was dealing with pretty serious health and family issues which in turn effected me physically, feeling ill and experiencing anxiety attacks to the point where i felt it was best for me to leave the work environment,. Working with some co workers and other hospital staff was great but above all working with the residents and patients was the most enjoyable experience of the job and would like to further myself in that direction with the knowledge, wisdom and experience i have gained from the past situation moving forward.
Prospay and benefits are pretty good, interacting with the residents, patients and other hospital employees
Consthe unfortunate loss of residents, possibilty of working with mean people
Seems like a great employer, if you wear the right uniform.
If you go in as a nurse or physician, you're golden. If you go in as a peace officer or security guard, it's a different story.
If you go into this with the intent of being part of Protective Services, be sure you know what you're getting into. The rates of violence and injuries are very closely guarded and they wont publish what the stats are.
The issued equipment, is in this weird balance of being aesthetically pleasing the senior leadership and meeting the barest standards functionality for the people using it for 12 hours a day. There's also no way for you to give feedback on your equipment, nor will you be allowed to buy your own out of pocket.
You'll get 3 weeks of training as a peace officer. This is supposed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to enforce mental health, public health as well as liquor and cannabis legislation; among many other enforcement situations you will find yourself in. As a guard, you'll get 40 hours. 3 weeks and you're able to suspend the rights of another person...
Unlike nurses, paramedics or even maintenance personal, peace officers and guards do not get specialized training based on their location of work. Training and candidates are a one size fits all sort of thing.
AHS peace officers are also some of the lowest paid in the province.
High-strung atmosphere, terrible management, bad for your body
The day in the life of a medical transcriptionist is not one that I would recommend. Of course working in an office always has it's pros and cons, the negative effects of sitting in a chair, typing all day are ubiquitous and you can't get away from them, even if you work at home. Working from home would be better for doing stretches and getting up and walking around and going for a tea or coffee every now wand then, resetting your eyes and things like that.
At AHS, I mostly enjoyed the casual MT position, as it allowed me to work only when I wanted to because there were enough shifts to work full-time hours.
I learned that sitting behind a desk and typing all day wreaks havoc on your body. Your cardiovascular system suffers, you potentially get carpal tunnel, your joints and ligaments all stiffen and tighten up, your eyesight gets worse from staring at a screen all day. Your back muscles become knotted and tight, adversely affecting your posture and the overall structure of your body. You get fatigued from not moving all day.
Co-workers were mostly middle-aged or older women who did not exercise and only gossiped about other people.
The most enjoyable part of my job was coming in and not having to prepare anything, if I didn't want to get involved in the drama I would just continue working away, earphones droning out the judgemental comments, and then when I had put in my 8 hours I could just shut down my computer and leave. No preparing anything. No real ti
ProsYou come in, you do your work, you leave.
ConsHad to pay for parking, sat in a chair all day, terrible management.
Questions and answers about Alberta Health Services
How often do you get a raise at Alberta Health Services?
Asked Nov 7, 2022
Depends on hours
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What is the promotion process like at Alberta Health Services?
Asked Nov 8, 2022
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What should you wear to an interview at Alberta Health Services?
Asked Apr 6, 2017
Answered Jan 17, 2021
Formal wear, smile and confidence.
Answered Oct 28, 2020
What would you suggest Alberta Health Services management do to prevent others from leaving?
Asked Mar 22, 2017
Be supportive for all employees.
Answered Feb 9, 2021
Nepotism is quite apparent. Bullying by in scope supervisors. No support. Closed door. You are not rewarded for a good job. Supervisor friends get preferance.
Answered Jul 1, 2020
How often do raises occur at Alberta Health Services?
Asked Apr 16, 2022
AHS is mostly unionized. You receive raises based on the years and hours one works.