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Alberta Energy Regulator Reviews

Updated 27 April, 2017
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  1. "IS Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alberta Energy Regulator full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and great pension
    A number of very dedicated and good people.

    Cons

    IS leadership very reactive and tactical but think they are strategic.


  2. "Government"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alberta Energy Regulator full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Flexible work hours. Social club offers a variety of events throughout the year.

    Cons

    Wage freeze last 2 years. Little to no advancement opportunities. Decisions requiring multiple levels of approval.

    Advice to Management

    It's okay to fail. Learn from it and do better next time.


  3. "AER & Informaiton Technology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A place to start your career if you an immigrant or graduating student who is looking for a place to begin your career.

    Cons

    This is a relatively small regulatory agency that is top heavy with management. It does not offer the job security of a regular government job, nor the incentives that a private business can offer. A lot of the AER systems are mainframe based.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your staff, make sure they get the opportunity to do work that is both challenging and rewarding.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alberta Energy Regulator full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Executive leadership has great vision, and the strategic intent of AER is to provide regulatory excellence to ensure safe, environmentally protective energy development in the interest of all Albertans.
    Great opportunities to make a difference for the province.
    Good benefits and time off.

    Cons

    Pay-scales non non-executive women are lower than for men with similar qualifications and experience, however executive levels are addressing this inequality.
    Salary freeze for 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    The strategic direction is fantastic, and great strides have been made regarding coalescing diverse regulatory bodies, but please value your people, especially the dedicated women who are as competent as their male counterparts!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Would work here again!"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance was a huge plus. overall management was supportive.

    Cons

    Political red tape held decisions from being made in order to move processes into action.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Major Changes Needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Alberta Energy Regulator full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment

    Work/Life Balance

    Strong team culture

    Cons

    Roles and expectations are not clearly defined

    Lack of trust between management and staff

    A lot of bureaucratic conflicting interests

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Work here only if you want to sit and wait for pension"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Alberta Energy Regulator full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - PSPP. Good pension plan, like any other government agency
    - Relaxed environment
    - Good Health benefits, life balance and such, if you're into that stuff.
    - 2 flex days a month on top of your normal vacations and holidays.
    - Excellent training.
    - Assured career progression...within the company. There seems to be a need for good people. Lots of older employees/directors retiring early to enjoy pension plan they waited for all career.

    Cons

    - PSPP...BE WARNED, there will be a MANDATORY 17-20% DEDUCTION to your salary after taxes! Expect to go home with anywhere from 45-50% of your gross salary (as opposed to the usual 30% +/-). This is something that is not explained to you properly in the interview!
    So say you are being paid $100k (good luck with that BTW, unless you're a manager), you might think this gives you a bi-weekly take-home of about $2600 after taxes/deductions. Well think again! You are actually going to be taking home about $2080 ($2100 at the most)!

    Keep this in mind when negotiating an offer, or you will feel like you just got scammed after you recieve your first pay-cheque.

    - No bonuses
    - If you get paid more than $100k, you are likely going to be put on the "Sunshine list", which is a public list of all public workers who make more than 100k. The whole world will see your name and salary -.-
    - Sub-standard pay.
    - The Policies enforced here (like mandatory/high-percentage PSPP deductions) are not conducive for single-income young people LIVING IN CALGARY.

    In general, avoid this place if you are young/unmarried with a spark in your eye. Go work for industry instead, get paid, learn lots more stuff, truly live it up, then you can come back here when you're older/married and just want a place to roost...assuming your spouse also earns income one way or another....or things will be financially tight.

    Advice to Management

    If you want young, innovative talent that is more in-touch with the times and current technologies, you need to make changes to your current policies. As they are, they will only attract older, more sedentary workers who are not interested in doing new things. Trust me, you guys need the youthful energy.
    I have high regard for the leaders of the organization and I am sure things will iron itself out as time goes on.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Propoganda Incorporated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alberta Energy Regulator full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Two flex days per month.

    Of course this all comes with a price...

    Cons

    Big Brother 1984 environment. The organization leads through fear rather then inspiration.

    Constructive criticism / questioning of decisions made by upper management will most likely hurt your chances of moving up in the organization. Upper management provides visions / aspirations. Everyone else has to work towards this abstract goal with no measure of how well they are doing.

    Company morale is at an all-time low. Salaries have been frozen for the past few years.

    Constant reorganization. New positions created as a knee-jerk reaction with no real thought / research into whether they are truly needed. Only way to advance in the organization is to switch positions constantly into roles that for the most part, aren't truly necessary. If you stay in a single position for too long, your salary isn't going anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Lead through inspiration rather then fear.
    Look at the progress of the past organizations and work at correcting them rather then starting from scratch.


  10. "AER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work for a company that considers the environmental impact of developing natural resources. It felt good to work for such an organization.

    Cons

    Fairly constant state of internal change. Some departments are much to work in than others. Some internal conflict between certain departments and team.

    Advice to Management

    Enable the experts you hire to be the expert you hired them to be. There is also a culture of always having to look over shoulder and wondering if you have a job tomorrow.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "lost its way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alberta Energy Regulator full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and pay.

    Cons

    no longer an emphasis on technical prowess; technical expertise is being eroded through constant re-orgs. Industry knows more about regulations than the staff.


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