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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Reviews

Updated Dec 9, 2019

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4.0
75%
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National Defence and the Canadian Forces Minister of National Defence Robert Nicholson
Robert Nicholson
44 Ratings
  1. "good job"

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    Current Employee - Combat Engineer in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

    I have been working at National Defence and the Canadian Forces part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great job security and benefits

    Cons

    travel for long periods of time

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-10-03
  2. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Infantry 

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good pension

    Cons

    away From home for a long time

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-10-01
  3. "No Life Like It"

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    Current Employee - Unit Commander in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working under the most extreme conditions on the planet, but with rewards that cannot possibly be matched (defending countries around the world, and Canadians at home)

    Cons

    A lot of moving around the country and world, with little choice in the matter

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-09-28
  4. "Exciting"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always something new to do

    Cons

    Away from home alot and miss famiky

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-09-20
  5. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Canadian Forces in Rimouski, QC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Awesome experience. Great opportunities.

    Cons

    Schedule could be more adapted to students.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-09-02
  6. "Good benefits, but hard for family"

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    Current Employee - Military Officer in Bagotville, QC

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

    Pros

    Pension (2% per year) Good salary Leave (5 weeks after 5 years of service)

    Cons

    Moved 5 times in 11 years of service (hard on family)

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-09-01
  7. "Really great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Caporal in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    it has a lot of opportunities to travel across canada and a nice salary

    Cons

    the management is very old school sometimes

    Advice to Management

    choose better the guys who are in command

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-08-26
  8. "Good stabiltiy"

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    Current Employee - Director General in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great job security, pension

    Cons

    Old school management style. Difficult to evolve from the 70s model.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-09-09
  9. "Excellent route for subsidized education"

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    Current Employee - Electronic Warfare Officer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent job stability. Full medical/dental coverage. Fully subsidized education whilst on salary. Great way to get a jumpstart on career.

    Cons

    Organization is like a dinosaur - do not expect a progressive work environment. You will not have any choice in where you are posted - and it's usually somewhere remote. You could get stuck in a training system for multiple years without any indication of progress.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up system and give members more foresight of future postings.

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-09-03
  10. "Great school"

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    Former Employee - Officer 

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

    Pros

    Learn discipline, getting things done, overcoming great adversity

    Cons

    Progression is slow despite performance due to seniority requirements

    National Defence and the Canadian Forces2019-08-15
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