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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
83 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon (in 21 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- little on the high end for premiums but I have 4 children (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • A miserable work environment with the threat of being fired hanging over your head constantly (in 22 reviews)

  • No real direction or connection from upper management or supervisors (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Wonderful up until the past few years

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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
    -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fairly toxic environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medicine Department in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Medicine Department in Reno, NV

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Take the good with the bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No movement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck...that's about it.

    Cons

    No loyalty to current employees...too quick to contract out instead of hiring from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about people's feelings and start inspecting what you expect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work on safe harbor!!!

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    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Really nothing, being treated like garbage cancels out any pro

    Cons

    The unit manager is best friends with an cna on the floor. This cna runs the unit and tells the nurses how to do their jobs. Cna handles discipline and reports false actions to unit manager to get nurses/other staff in trouble. This cna also creates a hostile work environment. I was told by unit manager and her manager that nothing could be done. Cna made horrible comments to me I would not think to say to anyone. Due to harassment and hostile work environment, resignation was only option. No help from management, they just allowed it to continue because cna was unit managers beat friend. Stay away from safe harbor in bham va. Would not recommend that place to anyone!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not allow hostility and harassment! Due to managements inability to act, you are condoning the behavior occurring on the unit. This is inexcusable. No one should be afraid to go to work. Thanks to you I had horrible anxiety going into work due to the comments and treatment I received upon walking onto the floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Anti-Veteran

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Veterans Claims Examiner (GS-11 Step III) in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Veterans Claims Examiner (GS-11 Step III) in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    the benefits are the only good thing about this organization

    Cons

    Agency created to help Veteran never helps. Building/work conditions unacceptable (mice and roaches everywhere even the lunch room). Pay not equal to level, you need an MBA to be a GS-9 only to make $45,000.00 and that's after 5 years of service!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do your job that's what you are paid to do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I have ever worked.

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Financial Management Specialist in Bonham, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisory Financial Management Specialist in Bonham, TX

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a government job.

    Cons

    The management is completely worthless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Too many chiefs & not enough Indians

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mid-level Clinic Provider in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Mid-level Clinic Provider in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    federal benefits such as 10 paid holidays, PTO & sick time, etc. Good learning opportunity if you have a good Dept. Chief. Most veterans are truly grateful when you provide good care. EMR system outdated, but you do have access to all patient medical history, meds, inpatient, etc.

    Cons

    No leadership or communication, management does nothing but go to endless meetings. Too many long time employees that are bullet-proof & act that way. Not enough clinic space to accommodate all the patients needing to be seen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about what the Vets need instead of when your next bonus is. Pitch in when help is needed, listen to employees, they are in the trenches unlike you in your glass tower.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The ghost of Hitler’s racism still lives……, at your local VA Hospital!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physician and Surgeons
    Current Employee - Physician and Surgeons

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

    Pros

    Good question. If you find one, let me know.

    Cons

    Racism that I had no idea still exists in this country, and wish that I still had no idea after my time here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A brief stint here exposed me to more racism than I have ever encountered in any personal of professional setting. Compounding matters, it was clear that this racism was not limited to any single individual, but endemic through this organization which is complicit in racism of the highest degree across the board. If you expect the organization to police its own racist workers, I'll pray for you. America’s veterans and the thousands of honest, hard-working people at the VA who genuinely serve them deserve better, much better.

    My advice to the management would be to borrow less of their philopshy from the KKK. I'm not holding my breath, and frankly, and am overqualifed to be supervised by these dubious characters anyways.

    For those thinking I simply have an axe to grind, an even cursory review of the VA’s reviews on site will reveal numerous opinions echoing the sentiments expressed here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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