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Canadian Armed Forces Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Canadian Armed Forces Major General Christine Whitecross
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits is amazing if you're a student trying to pay bills (in 5 reviews)

  • Great pay, great benefits, unionized, predictable (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • away from home limited to type job (in 8 reviews)

  • Long Hours, Can move quite often (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good choice as a career or stepping-stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gain experience that not very many employers can offer. This career can offer amazing opportunities if you are willing to put in the hard work and dedicate yourself. Many of the people that I've met and worked with during my time in the military will be friends for life. If you don't choose this particular path until retirement, it can be a great way to gain life experience that will help you throughout your life. Stable and reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Time away from home for training and work can be strenuous on family life so people should be aware of that going in. However, many jobs are like (including my current) that so that so the military certainly doesn't have a monopoly on inducing stress on family-life.

    Advice to Management

    Do whatever it takes to retain junior and middle leadership. Without quality, experienced Master Corporals, Sergeants, and Warrants operations on the ground level will be ineffective.


  2. "Research, Ask Questions to people who do the job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are various trades advertised. Know what you like/hate/what's available before applying. Reserve or Regular, it is a great and noble opportunity to learn skills, develop teamwork and leader proficiency, and expand network. A career where you work with others from across Canada. Pay not based on gender. Females fend off bullets as well as males... and in a recent international shooting competition, Canada won, because of the Awesome proficiency of a Sergeant (who happens to be female). You probably could get paid higher, elsewhere, but in Elsewhere, how many people would risk their life for you?

    Cons

    Even if different trades are advertised, you "apply" to be a recruit, and eventually work toward that skill. You don't "slide" into it after the interview(s). Healthy Mind in Healthy Body: keep staying in shape, keep growing the mind... which means this is not a job for those who do not care much for being in shape.


  3. "Medical Technician"

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    Former Employee - Medical Technician in Barrie, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Medical Technician in Barrie, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High salary and great benefits. Sufficient training provided to get you ready for work. A lot to learn and a lot to share; great job experiences.

    Cons

    Tough work on days rain or shine. Not what you would expect on the civilian side. Little tolerance on mistakes.


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  5. "Decent starting gig, move on once you get skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of benefits, pay is decent starting

    Cons

    Hardly any operational experience available


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Adventure"

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    Former Employee - Hull Technician PO2 in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hull Technician PO2 in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, free medical and dental, Pension, see the world and get paid to do it.

    Cons

    Your only seen as a number and if your sea worthy they don't care about any personal issues going on in your life unless it's drug/alcohol related.

    Advice to Management

    Officers need to look out for the lower ranks instead of themselves.


  7. "Navigating Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benefits, Travel opportunities

    Cons

    Long Hours, Poor employee attitude, sense of entitlement among co-workers


  8. "interesting"

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    Current Employee - Aviation Technician in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Aviation Technician in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    benefits, salary, work experience, excellent work ethics

    Cons

    away from home limited to type job


  9. "workerbee"

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    Current Employee - Worker in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Worker in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Armed Forces full-time

    Pros

    great people likeminded industrious creative

    Cons

    poor leadership narrow minded risk adverse culture of beurocrats

    Advice to Management

    be adaptive listen


  10. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's a good place to work.

    Cons

    Like any government job, it can be boring at times


  11. "Armoured Crewman"

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    Former Employee - Armoured Crewman in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Armoured Crewman in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Armed Forces part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of guys, and good camaraderie. Looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    Very disorganized and underfunded. Didn't get paid for a while and kit was missing for many months.

    Advice to Management

    Feel bad for senior officers as funding is largely out of their control - they're doing the best to their ability.


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