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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Army Officer Reviews

Updated Oct 3, 2014

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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Minister of National Defence Robert Nicholson
Robert Nicholson
3 Ratings
  1. "Army Officer"

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    Former Employee - Army Officer in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent job challenge and responsibilities. Superb benefits and opportunity for growth. Exciting.

    Cons

    Significant time away from home.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2014-10-03
  2. "Artillery Officer"

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    Current Employee - Army Officer in Brandon, MB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great military career that exposes one to an All arms environment.

    Cons

    Tight budgets, old vehicles and lack of international missions (UN, NATO etc) has made the job demoralizing. IT department is archaic and reeks of early 2000 software. Very frustrating for leadership and time consuming in the worst way.

    Advice to Management

    Contract or outsourcing IT is a must. Military officers should not have to procees 100+ emails a day to do their jobs.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2014-10-02
  3. "Great Career"

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    Current Employee - Army Officer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic values, interesting travel, impeccable training.

    Cons

    work life balance is tough at times. Having to face the horror of war up close is horrible and will stay with your for the rest of your life.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2014-06-16
  4. "Fight chaos, everyday"

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    Former Employee - Army Officer in Oromocto, NB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friends / People Travelling Salary Career opportunities Uniform provided

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership Frequent relocations Little legal litigation options Harassment possible Canadian Army culture archaic and backwards

    Advice to Management

    Get HR management type courses as well as sensitivity courses. Stop the revolving door / retention issue by listening to people's career aspirations. Get an education (some officers); even at the rank of major still have no degrees.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2013-09-09
  5. "CF Reserves"

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    Current Employee - Army Officer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a reservist, the infantry officer training instills great leadership and team building skills that are transferrable to my civilian career.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can at times be strained due to training tempo.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2013-07-15
  6. "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - Army Officer 

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

    Pros

    great pay and benefits, great people, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    long hours, repeatitive tasks, physically/mentally demanding

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2012-10-12
  7. "There is no career more challenging or rewarding than serving in the Canadian Forces."

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    Army Officer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces

    Pros

    Being a part of something that matters. From Day 1, you will enjoy a competitive salary and great benefits. But a career in the CF is so much more than making a living: it will allow you to make a difference in the world. Canadian Forces brings you challenges, travel opportunities and great professional opportunities.

    Cons

    Most Canadian Forces members will be required to relocate at some point during their career. Relocating can be a challenge for family (jobs, school, friends...). Canadian Forces are making geat efforts in order to improve services to family.

    Advice to Management

    Deployments are exciting. Whatever the case, deployments can be challenging for families, and we need to find a balance between the time spent outside the country, on exercices and postings.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2012-02-10
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