Constantly busy, very rewarding, extremely secure employment
AVIATION TECHNICIAN (Current Employee), 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, Patricia Bay, BC – December 3, 2013
Pros: extremely secure employment
Cons: retirment age limit restrictions
A typical day would see me meeting my small work crew and briefing them on the days work plans and expectations. I would disperse the daily tasks to suit each employees specialty skills and periodically – more... confer with the team. At the end of the day, it was my job to inspect and sign for their work.
My responsibility is to report to mid-level management my teams productivity for each day. I am held accountable for the results of their production.
I found the most challenging part of the job (sometimes) is having to do more with less. Not enough trained personnel.
The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing my employees receiving the recognition for a job well done!
I have learned two very important things in 33+ years employment here.
1. There is always something new to learn. You must be able to adapt to changing situations at any time.
2. Respect is earned. It is not issued nor is it an entitlement simply because of rank or position. – less
The life of working for NPF side of the CF is full of politics and disorganization. You get treated as if you are in the army and expected to commit your life to them, just as the soldiers do. There – more... is no end to your work day, as you are expected to eat, breathe and sleep about your work. Don't expect to have much of a family life, or work life balance. There are smoke and mirrors around this. Training and support is dismal at best. If you choose to work here, your eyes will be opened wide after you have been there at least 6 months. – less
Instructor for The Canadian Armed Forces (Current Employee), Borden, ON – June 29, 2015
Pros: 24+ paid days off per year
Cons: sometimes missions keep you away from family for long periods of time
The Candadian Forces is a demanding fast paced place to work. This institution is not for everyone. This Job requires you to have a sence of duty and honour and love of your country. The hardest part – more... of the job is leaving kids and wife and family when required to do missions the "average" person would never get out of bed for...takes courage and conviction of duty.
seeing the world, getting 24 days off + per year to spend with friends and family – less
Very good place to work with a lot of security and pride
Supply Technician (Former Employee), Oromocto, NB – May 21, 2015
Pros: Pride, job security, pension, very good benefits, seeing many parts of the world
Cons: extended periods away from family
As a member of the Canadian Forces my day varied all the time. Most mornings started with PT (Physical Training) but many days included other training, both domestic and also in preparation for upcoming – more... deployments. I could be working in one of many warehouses one day and be out on the ranges throwing grenades and firing weapons the next. What I learned is that every job I've ever experienced is most successful when you can 100% rely on the people around you that you work with. Management was critical. Most "managers" were very good at their jobs and learned to "lead by example". Most of my co-workers were incredible to work with and I trusted them completely with my safety in some very unsafe environments and situations. The hardest part of my job was the regular long periods away from my family and feeling like I was missing out on my kids lives. The most enjoyable part of the job was the feeling of pride. Feeling like I was a part of something bigger than myself, and the ability to "do my part" on the world stage to represent my country. – less
Clerk (Former Employee), Kingston, ON – May 20, 2015
Before my injury it would be an early morning run, followed by exercise either outside or at the gym. We would then learn new things daily and perfect other skills that we had already learned. All of this – more... was in a very high paced environment where you had to work well both as an individual and a team member. Once I was unable to perform the physical requirements of the career my work day consisted of filing content sensitive data, completing orders for the entire base in regards to all of the reading materials they used, banners, books, business cards, etc While I was unable to complete the physical requirements of the profession, my mind remains just as sharp as ever, if not better. This is not to say that I am handicapped in any way shape or form. – less
Armoured Recce Soldier (Current Employee), Toronto, ON. – May 6, 2015
Pros: Many life skills and disciplins achieved.
Cons: Difficult to make time for along with civilian life.
As an Armoured Recce Soldier within the reserves for just over a year i'v gained excellent leadership, ability to work with others, organisational, communication, ability to work under stress, and technical – more... skills. The average days at work can be from a mere evening parade night of 3.5 hours spent maintaining equipment and participating in in class theory and practical skills to living out in the wilderness up to a couple of weeks training within our units in high intensity, fast paced, extremily disciplined enviornments with little to no sleep from days at a time.I work with great people all equally driven to serve ones country who offer support. The hardest part of the job for me personally is balancing it with civilian life and going through schooling. The most enjoyable part of this job for me is being abe to fulfill a chidhood dream of serving my country and obtaining life long skills in the process. – less
Boatswain (Current Employee), Halifax, NS – May 1, 2015
There is no such thing as a typical day when employed by the Canadian Armed Forces which is one of the reasons for joining. A day could involve working on the ship alongside in Halifax or being deployed – more... to sea for any period of time. The hardest part of my employment within the Forces would have to be the long period away from loved ones when deployed, however, knowing that we are helping the world while representing Canada makes the sacrifice worthwhile. – less
Firefighter (Former Employee), Various – April 25, 2015
Pros: great life experiance
Cons: great lengths away from family.
Great career and it was the best choice i could have ever made. Every person i ever meet was professional and we all worked close together and could trust each other to protect our backs as you really require in the type of jobs we were doing.
fitness instructor (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MB – April 22, 2015
Pros: Laid back work environment, friendly staff, meet new people
Cons: politics surrounding PSP, wage, no opportunities for advancement
I worked as a Fitness Instructor with the CF for 5 years. Its a great opportunity to learn about military culture and meet many different people, while also being able to use your fitness/health skills – more... to create fitness classes, programming to a wide variety of individuals.
The Fitness Instructor job was great to start but in Winnipeg there are no opportunities for advancement and you get stuck in that role unless you leave to take on other opportunities. The programming is very busy and demanding at times. Recent cutbacks with Fitness staff saw a loss of great instructors and loss of trust within DND to provide job security.
The hourly wage is not nearly enough for what you do and although the job has perks (clothing allowance, comp time, workout breaks) the hourly wage does not make up for that, hence why people move on to other jobs where they are compensated fairly. – less