Alberta Health Services / AHS
Alberta Health Services employees

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Alberta Health Services / AHS was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018):

  • Alberta Health Services helps employees plan securely for the future with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan -- and offers phased-in work options for employees nearing retirement
  • Alberta Health Services recently established a diversity and inclusion council and is working to develop partnerships with community organizations to facilitate work placements for new Canadians and persons with intellectual disabilities
  • Many Alberta Health Services employees receive 3 weeks of vacation to start, moving to 4 weeks after only 2 to 3 years of employment -- and can take advantage of paid personal days off, which can be scheduled at employees' discretion
Alberta Health Services employees participating in the organization's annual flu clinic

Employer Background

Industry Healthcare Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort McMurray AB, Medicine Hat AB, Lethbridge AB, Grande Prairie AB, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Red Deer AB, Ponoka AB
Full-time employees in Canada 43,975
Part-time employees in Canada 30,310
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 28.97%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.32
Longest serving employee 56.7 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features situated on a 44 acre campus, the hospital opened in 2013 and was designed to LEED standards, the hospital features rainwater collection, native plantings (eliminate need for pesticides) digital lighting control system, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, single-serve coffee machines on every floor
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (spin, step aerobics, zumba, yoga), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, strength and conditioning centre, general and family locker rooms, indoor running track, indoor climbing wall, wellness kitchen, knowledge resource service
Other nearby amenities Seton Recreational Facility, fitness club, Fish Creek Provincial Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications B

Recent social events annual Christmas party, comedy nights, employee recognition week, numerous local awards and events throughout the year such as the "Great Teams Great Care" contest and celebration, "President's Excellence Awards" lunch, and the "Spirit Awards of Excellence" celebration
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Alberta Health Services / AHS has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits recruitment bonuses for pharmacists (to $6,000 for 1 year relocation to rural suburban locations), home computer and software discounts, fitness club membership discounts, various corporate discounts (from dinners to tires)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Alberta Health Services / AHS has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information smoking cessation prescription drugs (to $3,000)
Family-friendly benefits note Alberta Health Services / AHS has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 8 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information 3 locations also have onsite daycare facilities for employees, flexible work options vary by position

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation note Alberta Health Services / AHS has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 2 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, Spirit Award of Excellence, Certificate of Excellence, President's Excellence Awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 166 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (employees can direct their donations to specific initiatives supported by the annual campaign), Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House
Community highlight Alberta Health Services' primary charitable effort is focused on supporting the annual United Way campaign, raising over $400,000 last year. Employees who choose to participate can designate their donations to specific charities funded through the campaign. Additionally, through the "WinWin50" staff lottery, employees across the province helped raise over $2.2 million for over 145 foundations, programs and local facilities.

The Career Directory

Alberta Health Services / AHS has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
AHS Human Resources Analyst

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Healthcare Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort McMurray AB, Medicine Hat AB, Lethbridge AB, Grande Prairie AB, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Red Deer AB, Ponoka AB
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Other info for new grads AHS provides a wide range of learning opportunities for students including clinical and non-clinical student placements, research projects, residencies, co-op work terms, job shadowing, high school work experience, health science career camps, and undergraduate nursing employment, to name a few.
Typical new grad positions Analyst, Assistant, Cook, Diagnostic Sonographer, Dietitian, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Care Aide, Laboratory Technologist, Licensed Practical Nurse, Maintenance Worker, Occupational Therapist, Power Engineer, Psychologist, Registered Nurse, Researcher, Respiratory Therapist, Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Surgical Processor, Therapy Aide, Unit Clerk
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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