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Department of National Defense Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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Department of National Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan
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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

    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. "Canadian Air Force"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department of National Defense full-time

    Pros

    Solid training, secure job, good pay.
    A challenging job with exciting and ethical missions.
    You and your immediate family become a part of an extended family of professionals with mission as the foundation for success and growth.

    Cons

    Career transitions and promotions take you on an adventure, moving many places throughout your career. Some may find this is not favorable but some will enjoy it.
    Immediate family members must be strong as members deployments take a toll.

  3. "CR-4 Administrative Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Department of National Defense full-time

    Pros

    Great Salary, Benefits and Pension

    Cons

    A lot of administrative staff over worked, and under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Proper training, and sensitivity training is imperative. Management needs to keep an eye on senior employees who bully new staff. Its hard to learn your position when you have another co-worker minding your work, gossiping about you and trying to sabotage any chance of doing a good job or being noticed for it! Some admin staff don't have the skills to be in position of management, and if they aren't management, they should not be given that ability. Management needs to stay focused and check in on new staff regularly, bullies are everywhere.


  4. "Old School Beliefs-Behind The Times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady income, pay increase every 4 years based on Union negotiations.

    Cons

    Pay low for technical positions. Bilingualism required for promotion, Eastern Canada. Politics, red tape, bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Review language profile requirements. Experience and training should outweigh language in a mostly English work environment.


  5. "Air Force Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Salary and Benefits,
    Good opportunities for Professional Development

    Cons

    Posting and moving across the country every 2-4 years


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not for free spirits or entrepreneurs"

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    Current Employee - LCIS Technician in Oromocto, NB (Canada)
    Current Employee - LCIS Technician in Oromocto, NB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Department of National Defense full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. All training is provided, including basic training and all courses thereafter. Plenty of travel and plenty of country-wide and worldwide experiences.

    Cons

    You're punished for thinking on your own. You're not considered an individual, just part of the big machine. What you're told and what actually happens are far from similar. Although you sign a supposed one-sided contract, you may be refused a release for whatever reason suits management at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Responsibility and respect always travels both ways, and this organization absolutely insists on making it a one-way street. Strive to bring the organization to a common, consistent mode where rules and policies are applied across the board. Stop giving all-inclusive power to those who move through middle ranks as this often forces lower-ranking members with any intelligence to get out.


  7. "Cook1"

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    Former Employee - First Cook
    Former Employee - First Cook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great to work for. I've retired now but would recommend long term with DND to anyone who wants a long-term commitment

    Cons

    Long hours as it is a 24 7 job that is very demanding . Lots of travel .

  8. "Range safety staff"

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    Former Employee - Range Safety Monitor in Bagotville, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Range Safety Monitor in Bagotville, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Department of National Defense (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice hours, interesting jobs. diverse group of people and a very nice family feeling.

    Cons

    the weather isn't always favorable and some days just aren't that great.


  9. "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Musician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Musician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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


  10. "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)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    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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