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  1. Audit agency.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Department of National Defense

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Able to telework. Good for family life style.

    Cons

    Arrogant management style. Lack of transparency in promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Build a better communcation channel, promotion transparency.


  2. Great Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Musician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Musician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Department of National Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Job security for me was 100%. Pay and benefits were very good. Lots of traveling and living in different cities in Canada

    Cons

    Some of the upper ranks should never have been promoted - no leadership qualities. Some days worked very long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with respect and dignity


  3. It's not just a job - It's a lifestyle and will definitely change your life.

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    Former Employee - Infantry Officer (Major) in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Infantry Officer (Major) in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Department of National Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are awesome. Camaraderie is unparalleled. Got to travel the work (albeit the world's crappiest places) Adventure is unmatched (jumped out of airplanes, threw grenades, rappelled out of helicopters, climbed mountains, went to the arctic)

    Cons

    You will move frequently and have very little control as to where and when. Because of the point above, it's difficult to maintain relationships outside of the military and the culture becomes very insular as a result. Corporate culture is definitely extremely conservative (duh) and rural -- which you might not share much in common with if you're from an urban centre.


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  5. Maintenance Officer

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Department of National Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Job security, diverse job opportunities

    Cons

    Government administration bureaucracy and politics


  6. It has been a good experience so far.

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    Current Employee - Troop Commander Artillery in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Troop Commander Artillery in Quebec, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Department of National Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to travel to different parts of the country and meet new and exciting challenges.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work on week-ends.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people under your management more leaway on how to do things


  7. Interesting work, very seldom same issues day to day.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department of National Defense

    Pros

    Excellent pension plan, interesting work

    Cons

    Due to the fact that it is Federal Government, the system is very bureaucratic. Innovation is difficult due to older hardware.


  8. See the world... maybe

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    Current Employee - Logistics Officer in Petawawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Logistics Officer in Petawawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Department of National Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Paid time off, team cohesion, opportunity to try many different roles, pay is good for what we do

    Cons

    time away from home, danger, politics, sometimes the brass are out of touch with the average soldier


  9. Helpful (1)

    Chain of Command and incompetents renders DND a frustrating workplace

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    Current Employee - Electronic Survey Administrator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Electronic Survey Administrator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Department of National Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Salary -Contribute towards Canada's sovereignty and safety -Sometimes meet interesting people (until they get posted out of your workplace)

    Cons

    -Crazy military and ex-military supervisors, managers and directors -No professional development / long term vision for civilian support staff -Older baby-boomer generation in total control over all aspects of management. No looking after younger employees... "Me, myself, I and double dipping retired consultants" a norm

    Advice to Management

    Why not refuse your bonus for meeting staff cut quotas and step up for the younger generation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    review from a 5 year reservist

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

    I have been working at Department of National Defense part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    a good part-time job for students while going to school, friendly staff, get to meet a lot of different people with different background.

    Cons

    too structured, heavy work load, army experience won't help you too much in the business world once you finish your education

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artillery Officer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Artillery Officer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Department of National Defense part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great networking opportunities. Excellent benefits and perks. Wonderful experience

    Cons

    bureaucracy and balance with work and personal life



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