Very cohesive work environment with exploration geographically
Infantry (Current Employee) – Wainwright, Alberta – 9 January 2014
The Department of National Defence (DND) trains you from the ground up guiding you every step of the way. It allows for plenty of time to keep your body and mind in excellent shape. I have experienced many courses, cultures, and self realizations over my time in the military. The most enjoyable thing about DND is the people you meet and work with throughout your career and the connections you maintain with those people. One downfall to DND would be the time spend away from your family for very extended or even unknown periods of time.
All in all, the Canadian Armed Forces just ended up not being the career for me, but that doesn't mean it is not the career for someone else.
Crewman (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 31 March 2017
The military can be a lot of fun but it depends on 2 things : your trade and your chain of command. Your trade will dictate pretty much how your lifestyle will be. Different branch (air force, navy and army) different lifestyle. Trades that you can do from an office/always outside.
Second, the guys responsible of you can make life pretty awesome or the worst job you will ever have.
the best thing you can do is ask a lot of questions to somebody that is in the trade you want or at the very least the branch you want. Ask lots of questions !!!
guarantee job (contract), pension, vacation
away from home (trade dependant), lots of bosses (people with a rank above you)
Able Seaman (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 10 February 2017
I was only involved briefly as a naval reservist. However, in my brief time I learned skills and communication tools that I've carried throughout my Adult Life. I'd recommend the Military to almost anyone, particularly youth prior to entering the workforce.
Sergeant and honourably discharged (Former Employee) – CFB Ottawa, North and foreign countries – 21 January 2017
The general duties that are required in protecting our country and that of other NATO countries when called upon to do so. Great place to work and a pension is forthcoming for all who stay in long enough.
Physically intensive workplace, with lots of options for specialisation
Infantryman (Former Employee) – Trenton, ON – 19 January 2017
I did not actually enter the working body of the military, I only completed my training. I was enlisted as a reservist, seeking to balance civilian schooling and military work, which also turned out to be hardest part of the job and ultimately I decided I needed to fully commit to one or the other. The most enjoyable was learning the many skills I acquired in my training, which though many have little obvious application outside the military, they have helped greatly in learning many other skills.
Great camaraderie with coworkers. Great challenges , lots of sports opportunities
Communication Researcher (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON & Kingston, ON – 17 January 2017
Fitness training in the morning Communication reaserch : interception, analysis, direction finding, jamming of signals (wether it was morse code, voice, satellite and encrypted messages) Learn many skills like typing, Spanish, driving 1.5, 5 tones vehicles and armoured vehicles. First Aid. Weapons control and many other military skill.
Awesome teamwork. Traveling. Meeting friends from all over Canada
Great place for physical training while getting paid.
Light Armoured Vehicle Driver (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 13 January 2017
Up early every day. Do your job and keep your mouth shut. Listen carefully to instructions. Best bunch of people I ever worked with. Sleep deprivation was probably the toughest, but the hallucinations were kinda cool. Most enjoyable had to be the toys that made noise.
Aviator (Current Employee) – Borden, ON – 9 January 2017
The Canadian Armed Forces is a working culture unique from all other working environments. It is one entity, but contains every trade known. As a PAT (personnel awaiting training), I work daily in the air hangar canteen. It is a nice, although strict, working environment.
Corporal (Current Employee) – Brandon, MB – 5 January 2017
The day's we work vary a fair bit which is one of the good parts about the job. We function in a high stress environment were the slightest mistake will have some one killed or wounded. With that said a sens of hummer is one of the most important things to have.
The job has good security and I like the people I work with.
Customer Service (Former Employee) – Trenton, ON – 4 January 2017
There is no more dishonest place I've ever seen. Jobs and promotions based on back-door deals. Crooked people on both the civilian and military side. Because of union, civilians are protected from such things as drug testing, which could easily be used by certain parties to compromise the security of the place. Find addicts and spouse cheaters common place around the base. The work culture features a bunch of people who end up hen-pecking each other until relationships are truly a game of Spy VS Spy. The amount of work accomplished compared to the amount of money spent is truly pathetic. 90% of it could be contracted out for cheaper.
Vehicle Technician (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 2 January 2017
There has to be some sort of balance between work and personal life. In general, having that sense of balance will improve job satisfaction among employees because they will feel that they’re not overlooking the other areas of their lives that are, if not more, important to them than work.
Armoured Crewman (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 13 December 2016
This job is addictive. You will love everything you are doing one day and the next you will hate everything you've done to yourself for this. The Job/work ratio is weird. One you're not ever out of your job, you are your job.
Free lunches, free travel, fun, make friends for the rest of your life