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Adjutants Generals Corps Clerk (Former Employee) –  all over11 September 2018
great bunch of people to work with. even though when on operations there was long hours , good stabilty, work with all cultures and you learned a lot through out your career
Pros
great mates
Cons
sometimes long hours
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Everyone should do this
Light Infantryman/ Team Leader/ Instructor (Former Employee) –  Worldwide5 September 2018
Working for the HM Forces was without the best time of my life, their is plenty of promotional prospects and the Forces want you to better yourself throughout the whole career.
If you dont mind a bit of hard work with plenty of downtime whilst also travelling around the world then this is the ideal role.

Granted some of the places are not so great but that is where you and your workmates come into things. everyone is a team player and has each others back. The wage is also good, increasing twice a year alongside inflation.
Pros
Travel, Wage, Holidays, Forces discount (10% normally) Course
Cons
Cant really say as enjoyed everything to do with the my time in the armed forces
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A day in the job
Training Quality Control Consultant (Former Employee) –  Dorset3 September 2018
A typical day starts early with one of the weekly physical training sessions, followed by shower change then breakfast. dependant on what job stage of career your at there will be daily maintenance or accounting tasks carried out as a group, generally with much joviality. Teaching you that engagement and understanding with clear and precise conversation, gets tasks done with ease and speed. This gives it a great workplace environment, and a super sense of humor and belonging.
Pros
Good support structure
Cons
away from home
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Unsatisfied
Logistics Specialist (Current Employee) –  Maidstone28 August 2018
With the company that is determined to change in some aspects are stuck in the past on others, making it a toxic working environment leading to a low overall moral level
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Best Job in the World
Operations Planner/Security Operator (Former Employee) –  worldwide28 August 2018
Soldiers are a special breed. they band together and form bonds that can last a life time. No two days are the same and no other job offers more challenges in life.
Pros
Travel, Sport, Pay and Conditions, Support Network.
Cons
Operational tours resulting in months at a time away from family
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Significant development.
Aircraft Engineer (Avionics) - Shadow R1 King Air (Current Employee) –  Waddington, Lincolnshire24 August 2018
Typical day at work involves maintaining aircraft and carrying out secondary duties.
Gained experience of how civilian aviation companies work.
work place culture is second to none, offering a close knit team to work with.
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Good cohesion
Transport Manager (Current Employee) –  Essex23 August 2018
After 22 years I now need a new challenge.
I’ve brought a house back in Norfolk. I’m now settling down but still maintain the attitude to work hard. I don’t think it will be much different form the jobs I have carried out through my army career.
Pros
Job stability
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No work life balance
Colour Sergreant (Former Employee) –  Worldwide24 July 2018
Initially the job was fantastic, but after continued cut backs to personnel, the job became too much as a result of the same operational output but with far less manpower. Combined with the intense climate of operations after September 11th 2001, the army failed to meet the social and domestic needs of its soldiers.

This created a workplace culture of every manager (including myself) juggling 2-3 jobs at any one time which in turn made the job unbearable and stressful. Finishing work before 2000hrs and weekends became a luxury and in general the only rest bite was operational deployments.

Overall, the work colleagues were fantastic but the job became relentless and unachievable.
Pros
Great colleagues
Cons
Long hours
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makes a man of you
Royal Engineer (Former Employee) –  World23 July 2018
takes a boy changes them in to a man teaches you a trade you can advance and you can see the world the friends you make on the first day will be friends for life
Pros
see the world
Cons
none
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HM Forces
Senior Manager (Current Employee) –  United Kingdom22 July 2018
Career, excitement, belonging, security, support, training, second family, fitness and progression to name but a few benefits to joining the military.
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Good career path
Fuel tanker operator/Security operative/Driver (Current Employee) –  Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire20 July 2018
always busy
learned a lot about teamwork, Judgement, staying positive.
very helpful and easy to approach
very welcoming
always on the move
friends an benifits
Pros
cheap living
Cons
on call 24/7
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dangerous but fun make the best friends you will ever meet
Soldier (Former Employee) –  UK and overseas postings5 July 2018
A very changing job as the world changes. Lots of highs and many lows invariably due to loss of life or injury. Friends you will never forget and will bewith you for ever.
Pros
comradeship
Cons
risk
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great place
solider (Former Employee) –  Woking, Surrey27 June 2018
i think everyone shopuld try the army at least once, as a gurdsman my duties were varied, from security car checks to drill square cleaning, fantastic meals
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Productive and educational
Supply Specialist (Former Employee) –  Colchester, Essex21 June 2018
Good training facilities and help is always available. Very good atmosphere and culture. Diversity and inclusion. Provides equal opportunities for all. Very good platform to start off a long career. Basic training is hard but well worth it. Progression opportunities are huge.
Pros
Flexibility and relaxed atmosphere
Cons
Time away from family
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I would go back tomorrow if I was 20 years younger
Chief Clerk (Former Employee) –  Worldwide14 June 2018
Great life, great people. Operational tours can be long and hard but the rewards afterwards are worth it. Fantastic workplace culture and friends made for life
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great place to work
Stores Manager (Former Employee) –  Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire12 June 2018
excellent career and travel prospects
excellent for personal development
typical day includes work in the military store fro 8am to 5pm
many examples to learn and prgress
workplace culture in professional and can be exciting depending on operations
Pros
travel, long term career
Cons
short notice deployments
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An organisation that is behind the curve and reinforces failure
Intelligence Corps Soldier (Current Employee) –  Various UK and overseas6 June 2018
The military offers you fantastic opportunities and a good salary for what you do. However, it is riddled with under-performers that often have little incentive for improvement. In part mangers can be accountable for this but the significant overstretch of resources (mainly personnel) leaves little time for development, innovation and effective change management.
Pros
salary and benefits
Cons
unpredictability, overworked, underappreciated, high loss of best performers
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ups and downs
HM Forces (Former Employee) –  United Kingdom5 June 2018
the opportunities afforded to anyone in the armed forces is amazing and memories can be made for life. on the other side of the coin your ability to plan anything in the future is severely undermined due to constant last minute taskings. If you are very family orientated the time away can become a drag and ruin what could be very good chances to enjoy things you probably wont do anywhere else.
Pros
job security, benefits, travel.
Cons
poor management, little input of where you go or when you go, can easily feel unimportant of little more than a number
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Versatile and Enjoyable place to work
Visits and Engagements Warrant Officer (Current Employee) –  Watford, Hertfordshire31 May 2018
The Army is an excellent employer for career and personal development. Throughout my career I have gained a wide variety of qualifications. I have not experienced a bad manager during my career, there have been inexperienced ones, but all are wiling to learn and develop. This is an inherent culture within the services.
Pros
excellent allowances and pension
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Dont do it
Infanteer (Former Employee) –  Oakham29 May 2018
Bad managers who give constant silly jobs out of no where. A horrible atmosphere knowing that at any moment you could lose your free time and spend all night cleaning brass
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