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I am loving working with Department of Defence and it’s a good experience.

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So far i am enjoying working with the Department of Defence and learning new stuff every day which only going to help me gain experience and knowledge. I really recommend people to apply for the Defence jobs and i can assure you that you will not regret.
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Toxic leadership!

Toxic in every scene of the word. anyone joining the ADF for the money is a moron! the salaries offered are offensive and degrading considering. and the culture isn't much better. Go to Uni, get a degree, or start a business, you will be far better of physically and mentality in the long run! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME, LIFE OR YOUTH OR SACRAFICE ANYTHING REMOTELY CLOSE TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, PHYSCIAL CAPABILITY OR LIFE AWAY BY WORKING FOR THESE CLOWNS
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Loved my 20 yrs. Wish i had never left.

Just do it... best years of my life. Get through rookies and it's easy money. Meet some great people along the way. Friends for life. Choose mustering wisely and know where you can go with that job.

Pros

Travel australia overseas

Cons

Bush trips but not too bad.
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Defence life 👎

Families do not come first, the ads are lying.Depending on posting location will depend whether you have a social life or spend much time with your family.Training establishment postings are toxic environment, do not recommend at all.

Pros

Job security, benefits

Cons

Lack of promotion opportunities
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Very High level of Bullying Micro-management

Not the best organisation to work for. High Level of Bullying and Micro-management. Managers do not communicate well with or are honest and open with staff. Advancement, promotion or otherwise are not done to merit.
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Very Professional

The initial TITAN component targeted and successfully completed was a seamless Single-Sign-On environment between Microsoft AD, RHEL and all monitoring components at the group level. The TITAN Project is considered to be one of the most advanced of its type in the world and I am proud of my contribution to its success.
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very good place to work

learn a lot of skills and very well educated in job position great team working environment very well mannered and experience obtain helped me with life experiences
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Productive and Rewarding

The rewards are deep meaning and forever beneficial. The training is hard at times but will reward you in the future. Don't underestimate what you can do because you can achieve the unbelievable.

Pros

Promotion and medals

Cons

Ticks and a shovel
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You need to be ready for it

I couldn't make through training and I saw many others not make it, be very fit and never go for the minimum work to your best. You will need to move away from home so if you get homesick easy work on that. You need to so a lot of jobs that may seem pointless, just do them you will be working for the second best trained army in the world and they want to maintain that position and get to first. They will not give you much space, comfort, time and freedom. You will have to work your best all the time. Also a small tip please know the Australian anthem it's not a good look to the corporals. Overall you'll make good friends and have fun and learn a lot quickly.

Pros

Free living, Good experiences, Free dental and career

Cons

Long hours, War you know all that stuff they will tell you
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Hard work

Be prepared to work hard! Pay is ok. Plenty of overtime. Require MR license. Safety is paramount and the main factor. Would have to be ex military to hold the qualifications required to get this job.

Pros

ok Money

Cons

Management
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A very high stress environment

Maintenance planning Managing people Reporting on people and safety Conducting maintenance Keeping the group of peoples fitness to a high standard Travelling anywhere for work at a moments notice

Pros

secure competitive pay

Cons

high stress
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comraderie, discipline, adventure

Physical training followed by breakfast. Performing trade duties remainder of day. When deployed to the field, your trade is that of infantry. To be out of your normal environment at first can be stressful, but within no time your believe in your abilities comes through.
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Great lifestyle

Best lifestyle highly recommended for all young people that have no direction work travel and be fit and payed for it all where else can you do that free medical and dental also

Pros

Travel

Cons

Going to war
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Professional

My current role is of a professional nature with a good group of people. It involves searching for and assessing suitability of aircraft parts and GSE.

Pros

Good group of workers

Cons

Desk Job
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A demanding position in a rapidly changing environment.

Checking on the progress of projects with team members and vendors. Reporting progress and status to appropriate stakeholders. Developing and updating project plans and communicating change to stakeholders. Encouraging project members and reassuring external stakeholders about progress and outcomes. I learned that the potential for change is always present and dealing with it is the most demanding aspect of project management. The culture was supportive - we worked in highly skilled professional teams that had respected each other.

Pros

Great work culture

Cons

No prospect of advancement due to government policy.
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Productive

Good work place good fitness Great mates defintly place for willing to learn and endhance your life skills and survival training plenty of oppurtunity to excel in life career

Pros

Plenty of oppurtunity

Cons

Long hours
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weapons

it was a great start. Little teams so much more people focused. great little facility and small shutdowns for other clients

Pros

weapons

Cons

weapons
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Work

I enjoyed working at Defence and had a very varied position. I loved being part of a team and working towards a single objective. The worst part of the job was managing people's expectations and getting them to understand what was achievable within budget, on-time and met the requirements. I was responsible for financial reporting for the projects we managed, approved spending proposals, reviewing statements, drafting contracts. Security clearance held top secret.

Pros

enjoyed my work

Cons

Cannot think of any
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Excellant Co-workers

A good place to see how staff progression should not be managed. Very little in the way of personal development and training. Promotion seemed to be time based instead of merit.

Pros

Excellant work teams

Cons

Lousy Management
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Compliance and Food Safety Auditor

I have had extensive experience in Defence and in a Civilian working environment working with people on compliance and food safety. I have been the Operations manager for a company in New Zealand producing ration and Emergency packs for the ADF and emergency services in Australia. I managed a team of 30 full time workers from various diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Th hardest part of the job was being away from Melbourne, however I did enjoy every day in my job and was proud that we were able to meet the requirements of the ADF and were in the top 10 suppliers to the ADF. I now look forward to any new challenges and being back in the work force located here in Melbourne.
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A snapshot of my current Job as a Project Analyst with the Department of Defence

My Personality I'm a think outside the square personality that loves to problem solve. I have an adept ability to source information and execute into meaningful business intelligence. This is testament to my analytical mind and excellent report writing skills. My Co-Workers My colleagues perception of me is one who delivers outcomes. I'm considered approachable and a team player that can adapt quickly to any situation. I take ownership in dealing with requests/issues and never deflect from being accountable, The Hardest Part of My Job In 2012, The Federal Government enforced a recruitment freeze on The Department of Defence and there is little sign this will change soon. Ultimately this has restricted career opportunities and development, hence why I'm searching for a new role. The Most Enjoyable Part of the Job I'm a customer centric professional. This is highlighted throughout my resume, from handling lending complaints with the NAB to providing services to ADF Members. I excel in roles where I know I'm assisting others and there is purpose in what I do.
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Based on 57 reviews

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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
4.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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