Stores Person (Former Employee) – Wainwright, AB – 23 January 2014
I served 28 years with the National Defense and had to take an early medical retirement due to stress and anxiety. The job was great but we do not get recognized for what we do, There are no promotions as civilians are not allowed to be supervisors unless you are a special person. There is a lot of favoritism and for those of us that have been there for years well you have to be in the favorites file. With all the cutbacks it is a higher demand for more work and less help. Civilians have no say so in the work place which is upsetting as we are the ones who are at the workplace at all times. The military put in an average of 25 to 30 hours work as week and we put in 40 hours a week and have to make up for the military while they are on various other duties, It is very hard and stressfull.
Sergeant (Current Employee) – St. Catharines, ON – 22 August 2017
If you can handle the challenge of being away from home in a stress full work environment then give it a shot. The amount of different opportunities that are offered and the competitive salary involved make me wonder why more people do not enlist.
Tout au long de mon service militaire, j'ai accompli plusieurs grands projets dans les domaines de la logistique et des communications. Ces projets d'envergure demandaient une maîtrise de son stress personnel et surtout une excellente discipline. En assumant un rôle de gestion, j'ai utilisé mes qualités et compétences afin de toujours obtenir des résultats performants
Infantryman (Former Employee) – Canada – 21 August 2017
You'll meet your best friends, and people you hate more than anyone else in the world. To every Good thing that happens here theres something just as bad. I'm not sure about other trades but being an infantryman really does require a good sense of humor, and the ability to see the silver lining on a day to day basis if you're gonna pull through.
Its usually not fun when you're doing the bad parts, but you feel happy reflecting that you've done such things.
Infantry Soldier (Current Employee) – Petawawa, ON – 19 August 2017
A fast paced environment with tons of training. You will learn to be a competent soldier that can move, shoot, and communicate as a base line, and learn how to perform in a small and large team. You learn how to operate many different weapons and learn many tactics on defence, offence, and many other types of operations.
Communicator Research Operator (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 11 August 2017
This career was by far the most interesting. It took my to many places and I saw many things. Overseas deployment was tough, but that's part of the job. The camaraderie made you feel like you were part of a great family.
Great place to get an education and learn some life skills, ie leadership. But if you are not good at taking orders or find that you have to listen to people who outrank you but don't know their jobs very well, this may not be the place for you.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 8 August 2017
DND is a great place to gain experience - especially as a student. They teach you workplace skills that are essential to any student looking to expand their knowledge outside of the academic environment.
While I appreciate the education and qualifications I received through the Canadian Armed Forces, the lack of work life balance and negative impact the culture had on me made it difficult for me to stay in this career. I was very prepared for military life however the culture surprised and worried me, therefore I chose to pursue other avenues.
Respectable environment with opportunities for advancement
Records Management Specialist (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 4 August 2017
One of the best professional environment, where discipline and time management were high priorities. Every operation ran smoothly on time because each and every staff member was expected to perform their duties on strict schedules. Staff were all friendly and always helpful. What I enjoyed the most about this work experience was how everyday was a learning experience; there were a lot of career opportunities within Human Resources department so, senior staff/management encouraged me to exploit all the possibilities .
Collisions investigator (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 4 August 2017
A great opportunity to learn a new trade and a great chance to travel the world. Excellent chance of advancement and pay. Start with 20 days paid leave to 25 days after 5 years. Medical and dental are paid.