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Alright place to work
(CAF) Construction Engineering Officer (Former Employee) –  Ontario18 November 2017
It was the people I served with not the institution itself that made for a good working environment. While providing good education and job experience the organization is limited in its progressive ability.
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Excellent Career, but can be very chalenging
Financial Service Administrator (Current Employee) –  Halifax, NS18 November 2017
I have enjoyed the Military life and would recommend it to anyone, but it can be very demanding on your personal life. You would have to move every4-7 years depending your job. You must be very committed to the Military lifestyle.
Pros
Medical Benefits, 5 weeks paid leave
Cons
Very demanding on your personal life.
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travel
Soilder,Medic,Chef (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC15 November 2017
Up 500am prepare breakfast ,700 cleanup 1000 soup for 55 persons 1200 lunch 1430 clenup 1730 Supper 55 person , 1930 Man overboard trainging at rough Sea , Trainging First Aid 2200 Sleep and then do it again the next day, Being at sea is one thing cooking at sea is somthing else ,workday is 16 hrs plus ,down time is little , the travel is nicebenifits are nice
Pros
people $$ travel
Cons
365 days a year, timeoff was tough to get always sailing
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very fun yet very demanding
Military Personnel (Former Employee) –  Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC15 November 2017
If you like eating your meals in less than 5 minutes and sleeping with your eyes open this is the job for you!! congratulations you are now sleep deprived and are away from your family all the time but there are amazing benefits
Pros
very fun, amazing benefits
Cons
long hours long time away from home
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There's no Life Like it
Postal Clerk (Former Employee) –  Baden-Württemberg13 November 2017
Challenging, enlightening,, camaraderie and commitment .Working as a brotherhood for defence and Lively hood.
Quality Leadership.
Knowing your neighbor has got your Back.
Constant Travelling away from Family.
The most enjoyable Part is getting to know yourself and your limitations.
Pros
Leadership, Personal Growth, and advancement.
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Good place to work
Staff Officer - Naval Architecture (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC13 November 2017
not interested in this part. This has already taken more than the sixty seconds that was advertised at the beginning of the survey, and is misleading
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Armoured Crewman (Reservist-Part time) (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON13 November 2017
Has good days and bad. The leadership across the board needs work to build and more conducive and healthy working environment. Things are said to keep troops happy and then fall through
Pros
free lunches if you work full time ( Some places)
Cons
The training budget is nearly nothing. We dont get any shooting time to practice.
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Amazing Time
Web Developer (Former Employee) –  Borden, ON9 November 2017
Worked with some very smart and hard working people, Met a lot of connections and learned a great deal in web development. Love this place, would work there any day of the week.
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As stable work environment
Supply Technician (Former Employee) –  CFB Borden7 November 2017
A good starting career, but very demanding on the body. Definitely a career for the younger generation. While a pension is possible, the 25 years makes it very hard to reach that possiblity.
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Uptight Management
BPC Consultant (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON6 November 2017
Depending on where you work can have different experiences in DND. As a contractor you have to take lunches between 12 and 1. No accommodation is given otherwise. You're washroom breaks are sort of monitored as well.. Their pay is better than other departments however its a rigid culture.
Pros
Good Pay
Cons
Uptight and Micromanagement
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Trustworthy, Hard but honest work
Item Organizer (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB4 November 2017
I worked hard and saw the results, on my feet 8 hours a day organizing and transferring items. My boss was incredible nice and worked hard to make me feel welcome and accepted.
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Fun lifestyle.
Combat arms soldier (Former Employee) –  Canada, Europe3 November 2017
Very adventurous lifestyle, with many challenges. A lot of new experiences offered only in the military. Pay wasn't the best, long term opportunities very limited.
Pros
Adventurous lifestyle
Cons
Salary wasn't the best.
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You will discover the real you working here
Warrant Officer (Former Employee) –  Shilo, MB1 November 2017
The CAF is a great place to work. It challenges you, there are advancement opportunities, leadership and other type of training, you get to travel the world for free while serving your Country.
You will gain confidence, skill sets, discipline and it will set you up for life if you stay with it long enough. The pension is a very good one.
Pros
Leadership, Discipline and Confidence
Cons
Time away from home can be a lot
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good place to work
Construction Technician (Current Employee) –  trenton, ontario29 October 2017
very rewarding job. always changing to new environments and experiences. build friendships with people all over the country. changes to see different places in the world.
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career with opportunity
Transportation Superintendent (Current Employee) –  St. Thomas, ON24 October 2017
challenging and fun. if you are a hard working member, the CF will take good care of its members. pay and benefits are good and if smart, can make good money.
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bien
Membre (Former Employee) –  Alouette, QC20 October 2017
adoré mon expérience. Je suggère ce corps de métier à tous.
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Travail de terrain
Aumônier militaire (Former Employee) –  Montréal-Ouest, QC19 October 2017
Se montrer à l'affût pour saisir le moral des troupes et les aider discrètement. Ce, et le plus efficacement possible pour une continuité du travail au sein du groupe.
Pros
Excellente collaboration des officiers Supérieurs
Cons
Parfois difficile de dépasser nos propres limites.
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Typical days,
Officer Cadet Royal Military College (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ON18 October 2017
During BMQ it will seem difficult but it is just to push you to do your best and show that you won't quit. Once you get to your Job it calms down a bit, you will always be busy but not as much punishment workouts. Never bored while in uniform
Pros
3 meals a day, clean bedding once a week, holidays off (for the most part)
Cons
Can have long days or stuck with duty
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Adventure and Comraderie
Warrant Officer (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB17 October 2017
An exciting opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of dedicated people. The ultimate team environment, where you learn that through teamwork you achieve greater results.

The military is not for everyone as you have to be prepared to go where you are needed when you are needed.

The rewards are opportunities to travel and train in a variety of different locations, deploy overseas or domestically in support to civil powers.
Pros
Travel, training, leadership
Cons
relocation requirements
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Dnd
Resource Management Support Clerk (Former Employee) –  Oromocto, NB17 October 2017
Worked with a great group of coworkers. Recieved great training and support in earning additional education. Was able to work toward career advancement and did advance in my military career.
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