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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Minister of National Defence Robert Nicholson
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  • You can spend a lot of time away from home (in 19 reviews)

  • Time away from family, Not always in control of postings or tasks (in 10 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. "Warrant Officer"

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    Current Employee - Master Gunner in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Master Gunner in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, opportunities for advancement and job security

    Cons

    Time away from family, Not always in control of postings or tasks


  4. "Working at National Defence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and good pay.

    Cons

    Decision making process is very bureaucratic


  5. "Army Reserves"

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    Current Employee - Vehicle Technician in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Vehicle Technician in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Amazing experiences, you get to do a lot of things you wouldn't think of.
    -The pay and benefits are quite good.
    -Your coworkers often become part of your "family"
    -As a reservist your schedule is very flexible.

    Cons

    -Management is hit and miss, progression is often based on time not skill.
    -Expect to be bored for hours, followed by hours of non-stop hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate leadership positions in more depth, too many senior leaders that don't know how to do their jobs.


  6. "Canadian Forces"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including career advacement, health and pension

    Cons

    Requirement to be relocated fairly often


  7. "Pilot"

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    Current Employee - Pilot in Moose Jaw, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pilot in Moose Jaw, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Receive skills that cannot be taught through a civilian outfit
    -Good starting salary
    -Pension and secured income
    -Good salary progression after receiving wings standard
    -Become very close friends with the forces members that join and learn with you

    Cons

    -Stressful career
    -Very little flying relative to work
    -Large wash-out rate compared to civilian pilots
    -Constantly moving to small towns
    -Poor work-life balance during courses

    Advice to Management

    -Officer first, pilot second has become out of date

  8. "Logistics"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Officer in Comox, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Logistics Officer in Comox, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great diversity within the occupation, great opportunities for travel and adventure

    Cons

    Great for first 20 years... once you have a family travel and time away from home may cause stress and hardship

    Advice to Management

    Treat all personnel the same, don’t burn out your “stars”


  9. "Director of portfolio planning"

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    Current Employee - Director of Portfolio Planning in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director of Portfolio Planning in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very thrilling opportunity. Very dynamic and lots of responsabilities that have a nation-wide impacts. Not a dull moment.

    Cons

    Public service lack flexibility and agility. Decision making can be sometime cumbersome. Lots of review and red tape.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "You will not find an experience like this anywhere else"

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

    Pros

    fulfillment, culture, experience, travel and excitement

    Cons

    Time away from home, lack of control

    Advice to Management

    People first


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