The workplace has a calm environment. Administrative duties (Mailroom) were a daily function. Learned great people skills and met numerous fun people. Hardest part was uncertainty of job security. I learned lots about file maintenance and how to work productively alone.
Administrative Manager (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 16 February 2017
NAV CANADA can be an exciting place to work if you are an air traffic controller, a flight service specialist, a technician or an engineer as you are hands on with the customers but if you work in the offices it is your typical corporate day to day boring environment!
They compensate very well and offer many opportunities. Management is not well treated and they expect that you do the job of 3 in return which burns out many of their managers and the reason why there is such a high turnover in the management group. They claim that you can speak your mind but if you do you can suffer the wrath if your opinion is not the same as the executive team and you don't comply and go in the same direction. Managers at Nav Canada are well paid puppets.
Co-op Software Developer (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 10 February 2017
I worked in this company when I was in the second year and didn't know much about programming. Working in this company was a great experience and I learned a lot from this. The other workers are so friendly and helpful.
Huge project, friendly environment, great opportunity to learn a lot
Administrative Support (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 8 February 2017
Working in NAV Canada has helped me to expand my work experience especially working with a well reputed company. I have learned many new aspects of Communications and administration while working here.
High learning experience, Nav canada is the best place to learn all types of foods an they have the best training team possible
Cooking & customer service, (Former Employee) – Cornwall, ON – 15 June 2016
I learned so much working for nav Canada everyone was so friendly an they thought me so much i learned how to bake an cook an i learned so many different positions in the filed , everyone was very patient with me if i messed up or needed help , i loved working for nav canada
AIM Assembly Specialist (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 23 December 2015
It's a typical 9-5, I learned a lot about the science of flying and the back ground into flights. Management sucks, they don't have a clue on what their employees are doing day to day. Co-workers are great.
I had an interesting job in a highly technical environment for years.
Flight Service Specialist (Former Employee) – various – 8 November 2015
The job has changed a lot over the years, primarily due to technological updates. Some of the tasks performed regularly throughout my career with NavCanada, were: - pre-flight weather briefings - filing flight plans for pilots - both private vfr pilots and commercial ifr pilots - issuing NOTAMS re: safety issues affecting flight or special circumstances - such as balloon flights, military flight operations, search and rescue operations, missing aircraft, etc. - communicating with pilots in vicinity of the airports when I worked as airport advisory and with pilots in Arctic Canada when I worked in the Flight Information Center via landline telephone, sat phones and later cellphones; and via VHF, UHF and HF radios where practicable - updating manuals periodically - recording daily operational statistics
The first thirteen years I worked in single stand stations, meaning I was often alone on shift. At those locations, I did hourly weather observations and recorded and sent them on the computer. Our computers were on a company intranet and most of the programs we used were created 'in-house' for our specific purposes.
So even though I worked as Flight Service Specialist for 28 years, I kept up with changes with in-house training given by the technicians who had developed the 'new' program, and the job was constantly changing - new rules and procedures, new policies developed as circumstances required, etc.
I am looking forward to working with a dynamic, growing business here in North Bay.
CAD technician (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 18 August 2015
Great place for highly sociable extroverts to get ahead. Even if you can't do the job, as long as if you are friendly with the right people, you will be on the fast track to management. If you should be an introvert, or in some way not able to be very sociable, you will be out the door as fast as they can get rid of you.
3 weeks vacation, 3 weeks paid sick leave, 1 week paid appointment time, and 11 days of holiday time per year.
Air Traffic Controller Trainee (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 23 September 2014
ATC training is a fast paced, high stress course. Every day is spent trying to fix the mistakes you made in practice the day before while trying to figure out what the next step is. It is however very rewarding when you manage to apply what you are thought to the job.
The environment is usually a mix of extremely professional and extremely laissez-faire which can change from one second to the next.
Extremely good pay and benefits
Extremely hard training, extremely high stress and complexity