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Alberta Energy Regulator Reviews

Updated 17 October, 2017
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  1. "Great work life balance, bad salary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you have a lot of other things going on in your life. There’s lots of time off and the working environment is pretty relaxed.

    Cons

    Pay is horrible for technical people (engineers, geologists, techs). There is also little opportunity for technical mentor ship. If you are a self-started and heavily involved in professional societies this shouldn’t be an issue though.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about the pay, so keep doing what you’re doing.


  2. "Reservoir Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alberta Energy Regulator full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work.

    Cons

    Learning can be slow at times.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more exposure to different projects to improve thier learning.


  3. "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.


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  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.


  8. "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.


  9. "IT Manager"

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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

    - Good work life balance.
    - Team members with excellent skills and dedication.
    - Many interesting technical and business challenges to work on.
    - Great environmental business focus.

    Cons

    - IT leadership/management structure and decision making processes are not straight forward and often confusing. Internal and government bureaucracy is heavy.
    - Much micro-managing from senior management.
    - IT is undervalued by business units.
    - Funding is challenging and budgets are tight. Constant changes in priorities.
    - Employee contribution to pension is very heavy along with lack of bonus structure makes stated compensation value feel very inflated.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure management layers are working at appropriate levels of detail.
    Foster a supportive, inclusive environment rather than one that is secretive and fear-based.


  10. "Not the Best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Star program is excellent way to feel recognized as there was little recognition previously.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between staff and upper management. They have said time and time again that they would work to fix this. However, it seems like it has become worse over time.

    Advice to Management

    Without your employees, you would not be where you are.


  11. 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!


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