Marine Technician (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 19 June 2018
A typical day a work varies from working in port to being at sea for long periods of time. The military paid for my education and training while paying me a salary. The workplace is highly stressful but very rewarding The shift work ensures you are always tired never getting the same sleep in successive days. The hardest part of the job is constantly being away from home for long periods of time with very little ability to keep in touch with your family. The most enjoyable part of the job was the satisfaction you get serving your country. It doesn't hurt that if you manage your career well you can retire earlier than most civilian occupations.
Amazing place to work, but work life balance an issue. I worked with a lot of amazing people and enjoyed my time greatly with the military. I had a chance to see the world and gain invaluable experience.
Patrol Officer (Current Employee) – Kingston, ON – 11 June 2018
the day to day requirements can keep you busy when not attending complaints or emergencies. constantly working with members within and outside of the trade make the job enjoyable. continuously meeting new people and learning about other peoples career helps me understand how they do their jobs.
Medical Assistant (Current Employee) – Saint John, NB – 11 June 2018
I joined the Primary Reserves while in University for part-time work and since then have been trained in a career I wouldn't have imagined for myself. I have had the opportunity to travel across Canada to participate in exercises and training, meet people, and grow.
Professional work environment with great salary but needs structure changes
Defence Analyst (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 10 June 2018
National Defence is a great place to work for those seeking a steady 9-5 job with a great starting salary. Might not be a great fit for those seeking purpose in their work however as there are too many layers of management to get a sense of impact. Career progression follows more or less a one-size-fits-all philosophy with the exception of executive management which seems more like something out of Game of Thrones. Carling Campus is a beautiful work environment however with lots of natural light, forest views and sports facilities. Overall, this could be an extraordinary place to work but the work culture and management structure have to join the 21st century.
Military Photographer, (Imaging Technician) (Former Employee) – various locations, Canada – 9 June 2018
While the military is an excellent workplace for many people, I am not one of them. I did it for 25 years and mostly due to very few other options as I had no education and no money. I have since moved on and while happy to receive compensation from Vets affairs in terms of education, received no compensation from the military itself. I do have a pension but remember I worked for it. I would not write this review but see no way to refuse to do so in this process.
All weekdays we would wake up before 5 am and have classes and/or physical training until on average 5 pm and then we would do our laundry,shine boots,clean weapons,clean quarters,study, prepare for morning inspections. I have learned basic military first aid, "fire fighter training", harassment policies, and much more in my 4 months while at my basic training. The hardest part of the job was being away from family for so long when the day to day was always so difficult. But the most enjoyable part was making friends that i will have for the rest of my life.
making strong bonds with other candidates
punishment physical trainging, long hours, and sometimes very short meal times
Infantryman (Current Employee) – Gagetown, NB – 6 June 2018
Challenging, engaging, teaches you interesting skills. Helps you to become more organized and mature, disciplined and goal oriented. You'll learn the value of proper communication and how all elements must work together to achieve a goal. There is only one catch. You must want it yourself. Army gives you the tools and the ways to use them. If you are lazy, you must want to actively change that yourself and not …
Entrainement physique, Apprentissage des divers armements à usage militaire, Aventure en terrain de combat simulé, Apprentissage de la technique de survie en forêt, Entrainement de mouvement de parade, Compétition sportive et à caractère militaire, Discipline et respect des loi hiérarchiques.
Tous les points sont positifs
Risque de développer un désordre psychologique pour certaines personnes
Aircraft Technician (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 30 May 2018
The military was a great place to work. I served my country, while literally travelling the world.
Performing mechanical work on Airplane was always stressful, because simply put, you can't make mistakes. You just can't fix an airplane when it's at 40,000ft in altitude!
I have worked with wonderful people, wonderful leaders throughout the years. Of course, like any company, some people were not so great, but my attitude was: 'I take the best, and dump the rest'. And it has served me well. I would certainly recommend anyone who doesn't know what they want to do in life, to join the Canadian Armed Forces.
Infantry (Former Employee) – London, ON – 24 May 2018
Interesting line of work, long hours, minimal pay when working those long hours and a very different work culture. A constant love/hate relationship, can be some of the easiest work in your life to the hardest in a snap. Although I had fell out of love within my first couple years due to the culture, it had provided me with some good training, very unique experiences and a realization that it was not what I wanted to be doing as a career.
Work varied, could choose taskings, unique work experience.
Long hours with minimal pay, work culture is not entirely great.