National Defence and the Canadian Forces

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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
83 Reviews
4.0
83 Reviews
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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Minister of National Defence Robert Nicholson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay and benefits are second-to-none (in 4 reviews)

  • great pay and benefits, great people, lots of opportunities (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Very administratively frustrating, lots of time away from home (in 6 reviews)

  • I spent a lot of time away from home and my family and friends but it was worth it (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good interview question during interview

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    Current Employee - Officer Cadet
    Current Employee - Officer Cadet

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces part-time

    Pros

    good co, to start job

    Cons

    bad salary and no career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee

  2.  

    Amazing experience and great people

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    Former Employee - Private  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Private in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at National Defence and the Canadian Forces part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Serving your country
    Lifelong friends
    Great benifits

    Cons

    None really, thoroughly enjoyed my time in the CF

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Job Security, Great pay and benefits as a full-time member of the Canadian Forces

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Officer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Logistics Officer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Amazing job security, great pay (and pension), benefits such as having your education subsidized, leadsership training, changing jobs/bosses often which means you don't get bored with your job, you get a new boss every 1-2 years. Lots of professional development opportunities. Everyone starts with 4 weeks holidays. Wearing uniform everyday is great.

    Cons

    Having to uproot your family and move often is part of the job, which takes a toll on your personal life.
    You can easily end up working for someone who is lacking in knowledge of social skills.
    There is no transparency from career managers, and sometimes you find out you're moving cities with short notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PER/PDR system used for merit boards and promotion is outdated and Selection for Succession Planning is bureaucratic/political.

    Sometimes getting training required for promotion e.g.second language training can be impossible.

    Mentorship can be lacking.

    Flexible working hours (at least in office environments) should be considered. Rowe (results-only work environments) should be considered.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Weekend Warrior Culture

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    Former Employee - Junior Officer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at National Defence and the Canadian Forces part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a reservist:
    * Opportunity to try a new career
    * Extra income
    * Ability to decide if you want to go on tours overseas

    Cons

    * Lack of sleep on weekend exercises can make school/work difficult
    * Late night mess event on parade nights are viewed as compulsory, began to affect performance at my day job
    * Difficult to manage 2 careers and train/upgrade skills for both

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiters are actually sales people.

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    Former Employee - Mars  in  Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mars in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I NEVER want to work for the CF again. Still, knowing what I know now, if I had to do it again, I would.

    Cons

    The most difficult thing is dealing with all the ridiculous paperwork that is "required".
    -Pay for the work you do sucks for anyone with half a brain.
    -Only a lucky few get to work with high tech or cutting edge tech. The rest of us get outdated equipment.
    -Budget cuts (our government pretends to believe in what we do but constantly shifts money away so your equipment standard is embarrassingly low)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NAVY: Be a leader, not a quasi-dictator. To make it higher in the ranks (fast) you need to get recognized. The easiest way to get recognized is to stab your team members in the back - without them knowing (or right in their face).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lifelong

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    Current Employee - Transition Coordinator  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Transition Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Diverse and Challenging environment to work
    Travel required

    Cons

    Vigorous culture of personal fitness at all levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to develop personal leadership. Great team building but day to day no job satisfaction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Learn about yourself and what you are made of.

    Cons

    always cutting the budget which doesn't always allow for quality training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    advancement is based on your own drive and determination but there is definitely room to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of time away from home, but an excellent job

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    Current Employee - Flight Engineer  in  Petawawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Flight Engineer in Petawawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Wide variety of training and expertise, paid for flight training.

    Cons

    Very administratively frustrating, lots of time away from home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out pay, administrative system and reduce paperwork and procedure to get simple things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Think twice

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    Former Employee - Infantry Soldier  in  Sherbrooke, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Infantry Soldier in Sherbrooke, QC (Canada)

    I worked at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learn about yourself, your limits, your ability to work with others
    No chance to spend money while you're on base so you end up with a good amount
    If this doesn't get you fit, nothing will
    Do things civilians will never do

    Cons

    Experience shooting guns and running around with heavy equipment doesn't necessarily help your resume
    The hourly pay is very, very low
    Ration packs
    Getting orders from those above isn't always easy, considering who is actually above you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - this is the army, you need structure to function

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    seen the world and got paid to do it

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    Current Employee - Marine Engineer  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marine Engineer in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    seen the world and got paid to do it. Had a good salary with full medical and dental and a good pension

    Cons

    time away from family for training and sailing. They take you off the street and give you all the training required to do the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to take care of your people, be sure to take into consideration time spent away from the family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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