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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Minister of National Defence Robert Nicholson
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Pros
  • Good benefits with regards to health and dental (in 13 reviews)

  • great pay and benefits and lots of travel (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • You can spend a lot of time away from home (in 15 reviews)

  • I can't think of any cons except perhaps being away from family and friends for periods of time (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Naval Officer"

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

    I worked at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time

    Pros

    More opportunity, professional development, and world-wide experience than I ever though possible, particularly when I was 19 years old and thought I knew everything but realized quickly how wrong I was! Excitement, word class training followed by experience in a related field. The opportunity to develop constantly and get promoted at regular intervals in rank, salary, and responsibility is unmatched anywhere in the world. In a world where there still exists job discrimination and pay discrimination based on sex, this is the only true equal opportunity where you are paid according to your qualifications, period.

    Cons

    You must accept that you are not entirely in control of your destiny. Don't fight it, this is actually a good thing. It's hard on families from time to time but the pros far outweigh the cons in every respect.

    Advice to Management

    Better alignment of policies and practices with individual's desires would improve retention rates.


  2. "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 Management

    employee


  3. "Naval Reserve"

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    Current Employee - Naval Reserve in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Naval Reserve in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great flexible work days. You get the chance to travel and see Canada and other nations. You meet many people during the course of your service and learn to work effectively in teams.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons except perhaps being away from family and friends for periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue training personnel and helping to advance careers.


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  5. "They gave me an opportunity for a higher education and a stable career"

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

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Comprehensive benefits such as our own healthcare system, coverage when I travel,vaccines, dental, physiotherapy, glasses, prescriptions... etc

    Opportunities to further my education and have it paid for if the courses are relevant to my given trade

    Stable employment

    Opportunities to live across Canada and abroad

    A job where your paid to work out

    Cons

    Making the friends of your life and having them be posted across the country is hard

    Finding a significant other who is able and willing to uproot their entire lives every few years to move god knows where away from their family, friends, and career to start over in a new place where there's a chance that they may not even find work let alone in their given trade if it's a small town is nearly impossible.


  6. "Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, growth opportunities and robust benefit package.

    Cons

    Isolated locations and required moves


  7. "Human Resources"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits with regards to health and dental. Large department in which you can move around various positions.

    Cons

    Slow bureaucracy. Hard to get items approved.

    Advice to Management

    Be more risk adverse and put more focus on learning and innovation.


  8. "Great job, just make sure you get in for the right reasons"

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    Former Employee - Pilot
    Former Employee - Pilot
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits, see the world, great way to make new friends. Sometimes there can be a great feeling of esprit de corps, and comradere.

    Cons

    Not very progressive, a lot of bureaucracy, has an identity crisis - not exactly sure what it wants to do in the world. A lot of people get in for the wrong reasons, mainly for the pay and benefits, not thinking on the war aspect and being away from family.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can say here that hasn't been said before. It's the military and it operates differently than most businesses. Always look out for the lowliest soldier, sailor, or airman.


  9. "DND"

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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at National Defence and the Canadian Forces (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly knowledgeable coworkers, always willing to assist

    Cons

    As a contractor off site functions and perks were not given

    Advice to Management

    Good place to work


  10. "Combat Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Combat Engineer in Meaford, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Combat Engineer in Meaford, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Canadian Forces is the best thing that can happen to you. No other job in Canada is like the Army.

    Cons

    Early mornings and individual meal packs. Being called out in the middle of the night and not knowing when your coming home. Equipment could use an upgrade. But it works most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Stay strong and get rid of the deadweight.


  11. "AirForce Firefighter"

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    Current Employee - Firefighter in Comox, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Firefighter in Comox, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good time off. Rewarding job. Hands on experience plus the benefits of access to the airfield. Relatively relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Moving every 4~5 years to a difference location regardless of situation. Qualifications from the military and not easily transferable on the civilian world.

    Advice to Management

    Qualification equivalence?


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