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Canadian Armed Forces Reviews

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
11 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - ACSO  in  Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - ACSO in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    Pros

    Good salary, interesting jobs, we'll respected

    Cons

    Forced to move around, no freedom on where to live

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience. Lots of learning. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Time away from home. Some higher ops have no clue

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great experience for Students

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    Current Employee - Corporal Reservist  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Corporal Reservist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    - Great pay if you are a high-school student joining at 16.
    - Unique job, fire guns,build stuff, blow stuff up.
    - Great field experience.
    - Work schedule is pretty flexible for full time students.

    Cons

    An army is still an army.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An country's armed forces obviously operates differently than a corporation, but leaders should pick up more of their leadership techniques to motivate good workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Excellent opportunities, frustrating bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Commissioned Officer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Commissioned Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Great professional development opportunities.
    Exciting opportunities.
    Personal development is prized.
    Physical fitness is emphasized.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can slow down career progression.
    Extremely hierarchical all the time.
    Sometime placements in jobs are unpredictable or in remote locations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Learned a lot with many drawbacks

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    Former Employee - Field Artillery Soldier  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Field Artillery Soldier in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Connections, Physical Training, Decent Compensation

    Cons

    Promotions, Training, Funding, Leadership

    As a former reservist, the military has been cutting back on training over the last few years. For members who wish to have a sense of progression in the ranks and professional development, training should not be halted. Otherwise, it will cause the member to leave the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the troops more. They're more than just a service number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    infantry

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    Current Employee - Infantry  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Infantry in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    good pay
    good people
    good enviromenent
    good discipline
    leadership
    etc
    beer and stuff
    ambiancce

    Cons

    not at all
    no good money
    got to be not in stress cause it is a diffucult system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be good

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Excellent training and education benefits - employment opportunities unparalleded elsewhere!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Travel, excellent benefits and pension, leadership development opportunities, access to frequent change in jobs

    Cons

    Career progression is out of your hands. Long hours. Requirement to deploy or move doesn't necessarily coincide with your desires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career progression should follow more a a Public Service model. Yup, that's what I said!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Amazing career opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sergeant  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sergeant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    Strong ethics; community involvement; paid professional training; support for family-work balance; exciting opportunities; strong corporate culture.

    Cons

    Not for everyone - potential candidates must be motivate and sincerely invested in the principle and the lifestyle of the military.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    It was a genuinely interesting experience that I would never regret

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    Former Employee - Infantry (Teacher/Driver/Student/Platoon Member)  in  Petawawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Infantry (Teacher/Driver/Student/Platoon Member) in Petawawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Deployment Overseas and all it's interesting experiences.
    Some awesome training courses.
    Wide range of opportunities.
    A comradeship that is like non-other.

    Cons

    Horrible scheduling.
    Once you screw up more than once it's pretty much downhill.
    If you get a bad boss, it makes everything including home life awful.
    Crappy base surrounding cities.
    It takes more than the average patience to not go loopy.
    Things in general take a long long long time to go anywhere intelligent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your soldiers. They may know something that is a little more intelligent than how soldiers trained in WWII.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Positive and life changing

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    Current Employee - Infantry Reservist  in  Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Infantry Reservist in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    See the best of people
    Great opportunity for advancement
    Challenging and motivating
    Serving the public
    Post secondary education funding
    Dental benefits
    An exciting career with many different options
    Days fly by

    Cons

    See the worst of people
    Sleep deprivation
    Danger and a sometimes hostile environment
    Bureaucratic mess of inefficiency
    Boredom and wasted time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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