Canadian Armed Forces

www.forces.ca

Canadian Armed Forces Reviews

Updated January 2, 2015
Updated January 2, 2015
18 Reviews
3.9
18 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
CEO
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    There is no life like it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    You may have to move frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give workers more control over where they work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Canadian Forces Recruiting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CF Recruiter in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - CF Recruiter in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best thing working as a CF member in Recruiting is its uniqueness and working along side with a wide range of trades, all elements and components, and the personnel it employs. It is a very rewarding job with job satisfaction. Working and travelling around the province with so many other employers and Education system establishments was very informative and enjoyable. There was alot of information to obtain and a great learning curve working in recruiting. There was nothing in my career that compared, or prepares you to work in this type of job. Experience only coming from your own trade and with many military qualifications, doesn't prepare you in this department of human resources, unless you are a Public Affairs Officer (PAO), or a Personnel Selection Officer. I really loved working with this office and with its staff, and having the opportunity to speak to the public about careers in the CAF. It was very rewarding.

    Cons

    The challenges faced in recruiting is ever changing, and the common Canadian public don't have enough knowledge to base their opinions on what it is like to work in the CF. There is also a lack of knowledge coming from members within the CF on recruiting, beside there own experiences that is specific to mostly their own trades. Most CF members can only give advice on their own trade and know very little about all the other occupations available in the CF. The basic requirements for someone to join is on the website but the education specific requirements change and best to get from a recruiter and not the website for specifics. There are many civilian jobs that don't have a specific equivalent trade in the CF, and vise versa when changing jobs, or leaving the CF. There are many transferable skills to both civilian or military but sometimes there isn't an equivalent trade to use past training, or at least they cannot use all efforts completely, when it comes to formal education or training. It is difficult to guilde some public members to finding their perfect job. It wasn't a recruiters job to select a career for someone but to assist them in finding out there options, and inform how to apply, and how to research the information needed to make an educated decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There could be more involvement from the CF trades authority and Career manegers with their members, and with recruiting group There is a need to have a better understanding on how the Canadian Governments budgets plays a major part and influences the annual intake for numbers hired each year in trades and maybe how it is decided. What manegement could insist on is their members is to be better educated to recruiting policies. It hasn't been necessarily reflected properly on what is needed on base for man power or in the trades that maybe short and in demand for personnel isn't what numbers in recruiting normally hired for that fiscal year. The intake for a fiscal year is planned to fill the BMQ's numbers first, and predicted to fill numbers needed for a year or two away. The personnel hired two years ago was to fill what is short on base currently. The process to be hired and the screening selection is strongly influenced by the trades authority, and its education needed to work in each trade. The recruiting centers and their staff are not the entire deciding factors to who gets hired for the specific trade positions available. The successful candidates are decided by higher, and some from the career manegers in each trade, but only after passing the entire recruiting process layed down by Ottawa, not the recruiting staff at the centre levels. These past few points show the lack in knowledge or information passed within the general CF population. It has always been an issue by recruiting staff when often criticized by some CF members voiceing there opinions about how recruiting centers hire, and not being sufficient. As well the length of time to process is something everyone is concerned with, especially those in recruiting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Serving my country, high level colleagues

    Cons

    Low pay, dangerous at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    All hype, No filling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infantry in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Infantry in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Armed Forces part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A chance to learn some interesting skills and discipline

    Cons

    Run by idiots, disorganized, poisonous corporate culture, lack of easily demonstratable transferrable skills to other real-world positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great for students!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maritime Surface and Sub-Surface Officer in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Maritime Surface and Sub-Surface Officer in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn, travel and make friends
    The reserve corps is perfect for students: full-time in the summer, part-time during the academic year, tuition reimbursement (partial)

    Cons

    Strict structure
    Lack of sleep
    Promotion is time-based and performance-based

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    the people have been great but the organization is stagnated by bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marine Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marine Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people, travel to cool places

    Cons

    long periods away from home lack of unified vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great experience. Lots of learning. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Time away from home. Some higher ops have no clue

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ACSO in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - ACSO in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, interesting jobs, we'll respected

    Cons

    Forced to move around, no freedom on where to live

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great experience for Students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporal Reservist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Corporal Reservist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces part-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  11.  

    Excellent opportunities, frustrating bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commissioned Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Commissioned Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces part-time (more than 5 years)

    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

Work at Canadian Armed Forces? Share Your Experiences

Canadian Armed Forces

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.