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no life like it
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 January 2017
It was the best years of my aviation career, The variety of aircraft and helicopters qualified on was a challenge. You should do this.
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Amazing experience
Medical Technician (Former Employee) –  Ontario, Canada12 January 2017
We would attend our morning meeting followed by seeing patients during our walk in hours. Once walk-ins were complete we would see patients throughout the day assisting doctors with procedures and mainting the hospital.
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Stable but slow
Communications Research Operator (Current Employee) –  Kingston, ON11 January 2017
Working in the Canadian Forces is a great safe and stable career if you have the discipline for it, but management is very slow, your career will advance very slowly if you leave your fate in the hands of the higher ups, take things into your own hands and push for progress to get anywhere in the reserve
Pros
Great Social
Cons
Long hours
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Signaler (Current Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC11 January 2017
I work for the army as a signaler.

Once a week we organize and test equipment. Usually once a month we go outdoors on exercises.

I've learned basic military training.
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Be all that you can be
Finance and Logistics (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON11 January 2017
The greatest environment for workers to expand their talents with no limitations. Cons would be family and quality time with them, Pros were that I learned different systems while working in different locations.
Pros
Be prepared to grow and learn
Cons
family life is tough because of travel.
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Great balance of leadership, physical fitness and esprit decor
Operations Officer (Former Employee) –  Yellowknife, NT10 January 2017
Best job I ever had. An ever challenging, results oriented career that provided me the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the Northwest Territories to many remote villages and communities and meet with local elders and community leaders.
Pros
Job enrichment and travel
Cons
none
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very good for schooling and learning to work in different environments.
Vehicle Technician (Current Employee) –  Canada9 January 2017
a great place to start your career and lean new things about work place, people, who you are and how well you can work in different environments.

its almost a normal day at any shop just with the army twist and culture.

the people you work with will work the best with you as soon as they can see they trust you, everyone is trying to be the best at working as a team.

the best part of the job for me was the different vehicles you get to work on and all they differences between the vehicles, plus the fact of being a part of a very specific precise organization and getting things done they way they do it.
Pros
great benefits, great schooling
Cons
long hours, long periods of time away from home, haveing to move alot
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fast paced working environment
Bartender/Server (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC5 January 2017
casual work with benefits, fast paced. a typical day is serving people booze and monitoring their liquor consumption, and making sure they get home safely.
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Very rewarding
Naval Combat Information Operator (Former Employee) –  Halifax, NS4 January 2017
- Can be time demanding, with extended periods away from family.
- Very rewarding and quick advancement for those willing to put in the time and effort.
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Life is great
Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Various27 December 2016
Good job,great pay for the work done though at times work can be hard. Very rewarding and a lot of the stuff that you get to do you can only do with them.
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Productive meaningful work
Computer Programmer/Analyst (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ON21 December 2016
The Department Of National Defence gives you meaningful work while a civilian. Maintaining, updating, and creating software as required benefits military personnel greatly.
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A band of brothers
Finance Sergeant (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC19 December 2016
You develop a strong bond between coworkers. You work with them everyday and fight with them everyday. You share moments with them and help each other like a family. You run that extra mile for your buddy and another if you have to and another and another.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Hard trainings
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very challenging technical and political environment
Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON16 December 2016
DND is an extremely proper, polite, and political environment which proposes challenges where only experience staff can be highly effective.

DND technical challenges are incredible. They have to deal with so many organizations and countries on a very serious security level.

DND provided me training the Treasury Board standard tool for enterprise architectural modelling. At DND it is known as the enterprise architectural framework.
Pros
interesting business
Cons
difficult to get commitments to meet without consulting the chain of command
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Leadership
Boatswain (Current Employee) –  Halifax, NS13 December 2016
Leadership in the military is one of the top priorities and they push you at everything you do to advance in the world of leadership. There is a number of opportunities in the Navy to excel within and outside in the community with the organization and leadership skills they give you.
Pros
Medical, leadership, Job security
Cons
Away from home, no ability to strike, pay, incentives, micro managers
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Best Job ever
Sonar Technican (Current Employee) –  Halufsx12 December 2016
The military is an amazing system and I believe everyone should at least try and serve. See the world and make good money while you do it. I am very proud to say I served and still do.
Pros
Free lunches on ship
Cons
Time away from family
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Good place for professional development
Infantry Sergeant (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC9 December 2016
Many opportunities to pursue different courses to learn valuable leadership skills. Fast pace work environment; get used to working under extreme stress.
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Awesome place to work
Supply Technician (Former Employee) –  St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC8 December 2016
A great place to work if you are single, or not married, everything is provided for you, a place to stay, food, ect. you are obviously away from home alot, so if you have a spouse, and or kids, not so great.

Huge advantage to being single in the military though, is your paycheque that is deposited into your bank, is yours. room and board already is taken out of the paycheque, so you don't need to even thing about rent and groceries.

however if you have a spouse and a house, then you are paying your room and board, as well as your regular bills, rent groceries, ect.

and most importantly, it is hard work, long hours.
Pros
Sense of pride and self accomplishment
Cons
Long, hard hours, and eventually you could go to war, high risk of injury and/or death.
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Satisfying, Benefits
Medical Technician (Former Employee) –  Various parts of Canada and Europe8 December 2016
It is a way of life not just a job, very rewarding I had the best time of my life. The benefits are OK. Do not expect a generals pay scale quickly. However as an employer they try and be closely matched to the civilian sector. The money is not everything. For the majority of the military population for service to Canada and keeping her boarders safe and the country free from threat.
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Fun
Vehicle Technician, Armoured Crewman (Former Employee) –  Gagetown, NB7 December 2016
Wasn't a bad place to work, the pay sucked. Was paying $650 a month for food, which was usually undercooked or overcooked. The command staff were mostly a joke, and the living conditions suck. But the guys you work with become some of the best friends youll ever have. Best Job I Ever Had.
Pros
Great people
Cons
everything else
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not a bad place if your young and single
Infantry Soldier (Former Employee) –  Meaford, ON1 December 2016
learned all Canadian infantry weapon systems
learned tactics
staff and chain of command is generally good as long as your not on a pat platoon
hardest part of the job is sleep dep training
most enjoyable parts of the job would be battle excersize and weapon ranges
Pros
pension and benefits
Cons
no family life
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