US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Contract Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are no Pros to mention

    Cons

    Management
    Extremely high turnover rate
    Employees not valued
    Contract writing system does not interface with financial system
    Contract writing system worst system ever

    Advice to Management

    Instead of taking the attitude of if people don't want to work here; they can leave, why not take the time to find out why they want to leave. Numerous EEO complaints and a 72% turnover rate in 12 month is not normal.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Worst mistake of my life!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent money for doing a lot of nothing.

    Cons

    The Union, AFGE drives racism at the Cincinnati VA. It drives racism.
    Fraud/Waste/Abuse, how is this acceptable to our nations sons and daughters.
    Substandard "entitled" employees who have been riding the government gravy train way too long.
    Process to get the job was a painful 9 months. Save yourself and look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Would love to see some VA employees survive in the civilian workforce where accountability matters (productivity). Shut the doors and let the Veterans be seen at the facility of their choice.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Current Employee - Work at Veterans Benefits Administration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is very good for a very unfulfilling and monotonous job. The health benefits are very good and we receive a fair amount of vacation time.

    Cons

    This would take a very large amount of disc space. If sitting in a cubicle, staring at a screen is your cup of tea - this is nirvana. We are approaching 5 years of mandatory overtime - My work hours with OT are 6 am to 330pm. Some Saturdays are also necessary to fulfill overtime requirements. If merit promotions and job satisfaction are important to you, you'd be better served at a morgue - at least the dead aren't counterproductive. The CBO recently released a study showing that federal pay and promotions are inversely proportional to education and experience. This is absolutely true, so if uneducated, unskilled persons making $50,000 per year more than you is a negative - you should remain in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Please take early retirement

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  5. Helpful (2)

    The VA has the lowest employee satisfaction of all other government agencies except the Dept of Homeland Security.

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, generally, a pension program, and nice options for health care choices.

    Cons

    They micromanage, and fail to actually support 'the mission' as stated because people who make the choices at the top have no clue how to do the job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging, and allow the workers to find the best solutions. They will do a far better job, with higher job satisfaction, and as a result, better productivity and outcomes.

  6. OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the flexibility is a pro.

    Cons

    managment is the biggest con.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Government job in a (still) bad economy

    Cons

    Management is in bad shape across the board. Terrible communication at all levels. Inadequate training.

    Advice to Management

    Train your subordinates so they can fulfill the VA mission

  8. Helpful (4)

    RN reports Assistant for leaving floor for hours, unplugs call light, threatens, refuses care, delays care...RN, fired!!

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Biloxi, MS
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Biloxi, MS

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Nothing else, and make no mistake about this, Do not ask anyone to do anything, much less their job.

    Cons

    You could not find a more corrupt and vile place to work. If you have the slightest work ethic you will be singled out and removed. Further if you're caucasian, you will experience prejudice from the management and the personnel you supervise.

    Advice to Management

    The management should read their own regulation and govern accordingly. Currently knowone, up too, and to including the director cares about what's right, wrong, or the veterans. I thank God I get my care at Keesler...

  9. Wonderful up until the past few years

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    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in West Haven, CT
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in West Haven, CT

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits package
    wonderful patient population
    free parking

    Cons

    -too many "chiefs"
    -Nursing management does not follow their own policies and procedures
    -as far as discipline...it is different strokes for different folks
    -nursing management has stated that errors will not be used as a source of punishment, instead, they will be used to educate so the same error does not happen again. If that were only true. Management has instead turned nurses against nurses by making us write up our co workers for any error found. This only creates an environment of hostility which is not what was supposed to happen.
    -decisions are made for nursing without representation from the staff nurses. No voice...
    -human resources and nursing management do not have any respect for the nursing union. They are well aware what has to be presented/shared with the union prior to implementation as per the Master Agreement bylaws. HR and nursing management simply disregard what is expected of them from the union standpoint which results in many cease and desists.
    -there are many monetary awards for the nurses but nursing managers just don't take the time to recognize their staff and write a letter nominating them
    -no appreciation extended

    Advice to Management

    -treat employees equally (i.e. no "black listed" employees)
    -recognize staff nurses for the hard work that we do
    -appreciate us for the different ways we contribute everyday
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  10. Fairly toxic environment.

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    Current Employee - Medicine Department in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Medicine Department in Reno, NV

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable position. High volume for improving skills. If long term, decent benefits and retirement.

    Cons

    Toxic department. Hard to break into culture. VA work culture. Slow pace is a given.

    Advice to Management

    More welcoming to physicians and permanent staff, not just locums. Support employees. Do not micromanage from top down.

  11. Take the good with the bad

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    Former Employee - MAS in Danville, IL
    Former Employee - MAS in Danville, IL

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, time off policy. Some good folks in the system.

    Cons

    Barrel of bad apples. The wild west with employees. Easily black listed. No fair treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Watch the trouble makers-they are brown nosing you, don't base your decisions on hear say from other employees, you are ruining lives for no good reason.

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