The British Army
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No two days the same

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No two days the same. Thorough training provided for various deployments. Command and leadership courses available to those willing to work hard. Would recommend.

Pros

Travel opportunities

Cons

Time away
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Fun place to work, very challenging

Fun and challenging, a lot of waiting around and stood waiting to be told what to do. You need to fit in otherwise you'll have a hard time with the lads.

Pros

Free Meals

Cons

Spend a lot of time away from home
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  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Sense of belonging
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  • Time and location flexibility
  • Fair pay for job
  • Energising work tasks

It’s the army

It’s ok if your single, have no intelligence and enjoy the art of doing nothing all day until 5 o’clock. Also silly tasks which mean nothing but look good for your seniors
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good for a lst resort otherwise dont bother

weird place full of lame wannabe tough guys , the work culture is bizree nothing gets done and the only people who stay tend to be brain washed kids who have been in since they were 16 and will never have any use in the real world
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Good for young single soldiers

Work life balance can be difficult with a family and children. job has worsened greatly over the years. would recommend people joining the RAF instead
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Excellent career path

A great stepping stone in life with opportunities for travel. Fair wages and bonuses. Excellent pension if you stick it out for the full hog. Not suitable if you get easily offended or can't hack being away from home.
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Good

Good, seen the world, done lots of things, helped with progession in life, wouldn’t change a thing about joining, was class really class, class class class
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Only for those who want job security and to gain qualifications

Long hours, low pay, micromanagement, treated like children, bullying from bosses higher up in the chain of command.Long lasting friendshipsExperiance in the chosen role which will propell any career on the outside

Pros

Job security

Cons

Long hours for little pay, lack of empowerment and inclusively
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A let down.

The job was overall a let down, everything I was told I could do and was promised was not provided and I had to work a job roll I did not sign up for, and I was refused a change.
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Hard work but worth it!

Enjoyable experience in the army, hard work but fun!You work very hard and are expected to give up a lot of your time and family time, but you are rightly compensated for your sacrifices.

Pros

Discounts

Cons

Unrealistic expectations
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Something for everyone

Definitely a career that allows you to find your push your limits and make friends you can rely on with your life. There are ups and downs, but overall experience has been a positive one.

Pros

Comradeship, adventures, travelling, equipment

Cons

Healthcare, progression, communication
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Bad times

Lots of bad times, bad vibes and bad guys , think for yourself don’t join the army. Do something else with your life. But if you like no freedom and being talked to like a child daily, it’s the one for you
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Poor wages

Terrible wages for the sacrifice of your personal life. Chain of command are old dinosaurs who have no interest in your career. Absolutely no work life balance.
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Great company to work for!

Good company just shame they pay so little. Especially on a VTOD contact for reserves.Apart from the money side, the job itself is exciting and full of opportunities. The reserves offer a family come first policy, which is nice compared to most other jobs. Great job withsome great experiences, a chance to gain lots of qualifications and licences. And get paid to do adventure training 👍
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interesting

Great place to work, If your face fits or you can fit a **** in your mouth you'll go far. If you stand up for what you believe (courage, integrity, selfless commitment) then youll be treated like rubbish and over worked
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Great Place To Work

Pay is good, loads of extra perks like extra time off, adventurous training, travel, high street discounts and tickets for troops plus subserdised housing if you're married. Make friends for life and loads of opportunity to develope professionally. Has good core values and ethos. Promotion is quick in certain trades and most courses completed for promotion are civillian recognised. Overall a great place to work and a great career can be achieved.
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Think again

The worst management I've ever seen. You will be expected to drop your personal plans at any time, nothing will ever be good enough, the targets constantly move the closer you get, 0 job satisfaction

Pros

Healthcare

Cons

Long long hours
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70% chance you will regret it

lied to all the time, double standards, treated like a child, just a number, zero respect, cult in disguise, pay is well below average, they brainwash you, heavily under manned so they let anyone join
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Fun place to work

Good place to work but hard work. Meet great people and good for travelling around the world. Can be hard work at time and your bosses can be hard to work for
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Brilliant

The army provides a very good lifestyle. The army provide Very good benefits. You get to travel the world and aldo good adventure training. I think it is something everyone should do.
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It’s the army

You know when you start the process what to expect and as long as you meet those expectations you’ll fit in great best job I’ve ever had and would love the opportunity to return when I’m able
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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
4.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
4.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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