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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Reviews

Updated Dec 9, 2019

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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Minister of National Defence Robert Nicholson
Robert Nicholson
44 Ratings
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  • "Away from home alot and miss famiky(in 22 reviews)

  • "Can be psychologically damaging contingent on mental fortitude and your experiences through the military(in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Naval Officer"

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    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.

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    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.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2016-05-22
  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - National Defence and the Canadian Forces in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with lots of interesting people

    Cons

    can be boring at times

    Advice to Management

    Make it more fun

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-02-27
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  4. "Great opportunities, but not for creative or innovative minds"

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

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

    Pros

    - Provides great opportunities, especially for students out of school with no experience, the department will take you and give you a chance to learn, get experience and train you on many aspects. - Most people are great, friendly and helping in the CAF. By far the best aspect of working in the Armed Forces is the people you'll meet and the network you'll make.

    Cons

    - Excessively bureaucratic machine will crush the most innovative mind and idealists. - Nothing gets done without 4 level of approvals, new ideas, i.e. risky ideas often are discarded quickly by fear they may cause unneeded trouble. - Huge inefficiencies which will waste time and cause large amount of frustration to people who seek to improve things and processes. - Senior management is often fossilized and... cannot adapt quickly to change or new technologies.

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    Advice to Management

    - Too many layers of unnecessary middle management creating unjustified processes - Excessive amount of red tape and rigid applications of old rules are causing large amount of frustration in the most talented individuals, causing them to leave and thus, a stagnant environment.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2018-04-10
  5. "good interview question during interview"

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    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

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2014-02-21
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Get Trained and get out"

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    Former Employee - Aviation Technician in Comox, BC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, Excellent pay while you train.

    Cons

    If you want a career, there is too much influence by people above you in the command structure. If you are not someones buddy, you don't get promoted no matter how good you are at your job.

    Advice to Management

    Change the promotion system to a mix of testing and performance.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-12-09
  7. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Naval Communicator in Victoria, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Paid Vacation, Friends, Travel

    Cons

    Days away from home, Long Hours

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. At. All. No. Complaints.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-11-17
  8. "It's like a half way house with camoflage."

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    Former Employee - Combat Systems Engineer in Victoria, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are lazy or crazy, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    When you are navy, the ships are very small and difficult to hide on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. The low profile is working.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-11-27
  9. "Unique job"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager 

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

    Pros

    Exciting, challenging, different, versatile and fun.

    Cons

    Long hours, bureaucracy, red tape, and work-life balance.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-10-21
  10. "Aircraft Structures Technician Canadian Forces"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Structures Technician in Petawawa, ON

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

    Pros

    Good steady income Good family friendly hours

    Cons

    Hours can change in a moments notice

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-11-01
  11. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Medical Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the most fulfilling jobs in the country that allows you to grow and learn various skills

    Cons

    Lack of succession planning

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-10-15
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