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Department of National Defense Reviews

Updated October 23, 2016
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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. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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 .


  6. "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.


  7. "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


  8. "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.


  9. "Maintenance Officer"

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

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

    Pros

    Job security, diverse job opportunities

    Cons

    Government administration bureaucracy and politics


  10. "Interesting work, very seldom same issues day to day."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  11. "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)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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



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