National Defence Employee Reviews in Canada

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A Challenging and Interesting Place to Work
Director (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ONApril 21, 2015
The Canadian Forces will challenge you. Most days are different, and life is always interesting. You will work with the best Canadians you will ever meet, who are selfless, hard working and loyal. You can learn a trade, you will have friends for life, and the self respect that comes from doing something that matters. You will get to work with some high tech equipment, and physical fitness is a basic part of the job. There is always something to learn, and the demands will always be upon you. Unfortunately, the Canadian Government starves the CF for resources, and this can and will be frustrating the longer you serve. You will be expected to achieve your mission, but you will often be challenged by a lack of resources and token support by the Government. You will rarely have the best equipment, and rarely will you have enough help. The only thing that will consistently get you through is the quality of the people, which is the strength of the CF. On the surface, the pay and benefits are good, but moving around will reduce your earning power, and you will sometimes lose in Real Estate deals because you don't control the timing or location of your moves. You won't get rich or even wealthy being in the military, but you will live relatively comfortably.
Pros
The people you work with.
Cons
Not having the resources you need to get the job done properly.
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Good place to be and a lot to learn from
Supply Proc & Analysis Officer (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ONJuly 17, 2015
Very unique environment to be working in, specially because of the nature of the work. Varies from national security work to data analysis inorder to provide information up the chain of command to improve the internal business processes. A lot of variety of work from IT, to Finance to Material Acquisition to Supply chain work. All the listed above including the management of public's funds and assets to the best value and outcome for Canada.
Pros
Work-life balance
Cons
long turn around time
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Fast paced workplace with dedicated staff
Senior Manager, Regulatory and Aboriginal Affairs (Current Employee) –  CalgaryApril 14, 2015
lots of interaction with numerous people from all over the organization. We make a difference in the work we do to ensure compliance to law.
Pros
Good people
Cons
Salary is not equivalent to the responsibilities
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Quiet work enviroment
Office Clerk (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ONJanuary 2, 2013
Applying General Office procedures with particular emphasis on the receipt, analysis, classification, processing and retrieval of correspondence.
Perform clerical duties: filing, sorting and distributing mail.
Basic computer skills, windows, OutlookExpress electronic mail.
Operate all kinds of office machines.
Answer, screen and forward telephone calls, take messages.
Schedule, confirm and make new appointments.
Prepare routine correspondence and or preparing standard responses to military personnel and families.
Maintain and prepare reports.
Knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and Microsoft office.
Receive and record payments in ledger.
Helped Administrative Assistant make travel arrangements, like booking flights, hotels and transportation in Claims X.
Arrange meetings and conferences for the project.
Distributed all office supplies as well as ordering them.
Greet customers at the office and direct them to the appropriate contact.
Schedule, confirm and make new appointments for customers.
Some Bookkeeping
Prepare contract and forward to potential clients.
Pros
good salary
Cons
contract work
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Everyday working with the CF brought new challenges and experiences
Armoured Crewman (Former Employee) –  Petawawa, ONJune 17, 2014
Every day was very regimented. We knew exactly what we were going to be doing and when. Whether it be brushing up on basic soldier skills or maintaining armoured vehicles we were always fine tuning our soldiering. Everyone that I worked with on a day to day basis were not only co-workers but close friends. The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to train with foreign forces.
Pros
100% medical and dental benefits
Cons
away from family.
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Productive and great place to work
Supply Tech (Current Employee) –  Hull, QCNovember 5, 2015
I really like working as a Supply Tech/Release Section Clerk. The people i work with are awesome,can't complain about them at all, best team ever!

The management team here is the bomb as well, you can go to them with anything and they'll help you out, no matter what
Pros
everything
Cons
dungy basement
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A very good place to work
Human Resources Assistant (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ONJanuary 15, 2016
A very good place to work, People are very nice, professional. I want to get a permanent position at DND as a Human Resources Assistant / Coordinator.
Pros
A very good place to work
Cons
None
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An outstanding opportunity to learn a wide variety of extremely relevant skills such as team building, task management and operating under stress.
Officer (Current Employee) –  AlbertaNovember 1, 2012
For all of the outstanding opportunities to develop a well-rounded balance of skills, there is a lot of time spent away from home for training and operational deployments, and you will be moved across the country to Canadian Forces Bases and detachments.
Pros
team cohesion, compensation and benefits
Cons
time away from home, little control in postings
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Good healthy environment , saw a lot of Canada and met many lifetime friends .
Radar Technician (Former Employee) –  Comox, BCFebruary 26, 2014
Maintained the operation of many types of Radars . l supervised and trained many co-workers through on the job training on various Radar sets. Attended many courses for Radars , first aid , firefighting , leadership,search and rescue and survival courses .
Pros
great to live in various parts of canada .good environment to work in .good pay and benefits .
Cons
closed all the radar sites and my trade disappeared .
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Challenging and Rewarding
Imagery Technician Public Affairs (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AlbertaJanuary 10, 2015
There is no career more challenging or rewarding than to serve in the Forces, where Canadians take part in defending their country and participate in world events that will change their lives and the lives of the people they are helping.

The Forces offers outstanding debt-free education, as well as time-management and teamwork skills. The Forces is one of the only militaries in the world that ensures women are able to work in whatever job they choose.

What you learn from leadership (management) mainly is teamwork and have each others back, that no matter who the member (co-workers) is or where you work with or where they are stationed that working as a team is the most important to getting the mission done. The camaraderie and team spirit are considered by many members to be one of the main benefits of life in the military.

The most enjoyable part of the job is the opportunity to travel the world, experience different cultures, meet new people, and use state-of-the-art equipment wherever they work.

Hardest part of the job is saying good bye to your loved ones and not able to tell them when you will be back, the long extensive times away from family, finding last minute childcare, stress of being away from family when they need you.

A typical day is rare in the military as one week it could be 7:30-3:30, then the following could be 5:30 until midnight or 3:00am for 5-30 straight with no time off. There is no consistency as emergencies come up.
Pros
travel, overseas experience
Cons
never paid for overtime when working 16 hour days for months on end.
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Gain exceptional experiences
Marine Electrical Technician-Naval Certified (Current Employee) –  Halifax,NSOctober 25, 2012
Typical days are like any other job with the exception of deployment away from home which constitutes most of a year. One works very closely with highly trained and skilled people with enormous amounts of experiences. The most difficult part of this job is the time spent away from family however the benefits are seeing the world that most people could only dream of.
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Interactive Team Environment
Senior Manager (Current Employee) –  Calgary, ABDecember 17, 2015
Structured, disciplined approach to defense of the Country and international interests. Multi faceted and integrated team working towards common goals.
Pros
Good pay for what you do and focused on physical fitness
Cons
Hours can vary
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Secure employment with long term job security.
Senior Storesman (Current Employee) –  Halifax, NSNovember 10, 2013
A great place to work for benefits and salary. Camaraderie is second to none. You must be able to follow orders. Excellent opportunities to see the world. Family life does suffer with unexpected deployments and possibilities of working overtime with no additional benefits.
Pros
excellent benefits and salaries.
Cons
extended deployments & must me available 24/7. .
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DND/CF
Business Analyst - Strategic Planning (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ONOctober 22, 2012
typical day: 8am-4pm, office environment, small team dynamics
learned: strategic planning, risk management, management skills
management: variety of management levels (section heads, directors, director general, assistant deputy minister, deputy minister)
Pros
stability, rewarding work, values, salary
Cons
mobility, initiative
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Disciplined and professional
Signals Operator (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ONMay 5, 2013
Learned how to work with different personalities and dispositions. Time management skills, leadership and computer skills to the extreme in several positions. You learn alot about yourself along the way and how to adapt to difficult or stressful situations.
Pros
salary, benefits
Cons
leadership skills lacking at times
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work ethics
Computer Technician (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ONSeptember 24, 2015
I work hard everyday and when I come home I can actually say that I worked hard to get an honest days pay . These companies were great to work for , made may friends and a great atmosphere to work in .
Pros
great customer relation skills
Cons
area needs more work
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Excellent Career Opportunities
HR / Management / Training / Operations / Planning (Former Employee) –  Moncton, NBJuly 28, 2012
Very fortunate to have been given an opportunity to serve with the Canadian Armed Forces for 27+ years. I strongly recommend people explore a career opportunity suitable for them.
Pros
sports, benefits, pay, career advancement, life long learning
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Very productive and engaging workplace and Colleagues
Concurrent Disorders Counsellor (Current Employee) –  Borden, ONSeptember 2, 2015
Working with Canadian soldiers is very rewarding and professionally challenging task.
It feels very good to be able to help people who are risking their biopsychosocial lives to protect and defend those who are opressed and at risk of harm.

Working in multidisciplinary team has many assets. One of them is being able to share with others concerns, stresses, treatment plans and goals as well as simple daily worries.

Great place to work with and great people to be around.
Pros
Very rewarding
Cons
Requires strong self care and coping system
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My best job ever
Petty Officer 2nd Class (Former Employee) –  Halifax, NSOctober 30, 2015
Never a dull day, fast paced and crazy at times.. Seen the world more than once. I have friends I'll never forget from all over Canada, been out of the Navy for years but stay in contact with many of my old friends. being gone from my family for 6 months at a time was hard..Seeing the world
Pros
everything
Cons
leaving family for months
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Great job security and advancement
Aviation Systems Technician (Former Employee) –  Cold Lake AlbertaJune 17, 2013
DND is a great and rewarding employer for anyone looking to serve their country and have a rewarding career. Pay and benefits are average and dependent on rank. Health care is above average as DND has their own medical staff.
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4.3
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