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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
526 Reviews
3.2
526 Reviews
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Robert A. McDonald
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon (in 18 reviews)

  • The VA has good pay, good benefits and opportunities for training (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • It was clear that it was a hostile work environment from day one (in 16 reviews)

  • The upper management had no idea what was happening in the different departments (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Low morale, lazy workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Serving veterans, supportive team members

    Cons

    Culture created by senior leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require more of yourselves and all employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My first 6 years were great. I would give them a 4 or even a 5, but the last year was a 0.

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant  in  Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant in Manchester, NH

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

    Pros

    The government has great benenfits and pays well. Be aware, however, that each departmet is one of its own. It is liek they are a separate company.

    Cons

    There is a lot of favoritism at the VA. People who should be chastized, are not and the ones who are doing a great job are. It is really not a fair place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all your employees the same no matter if they are your friends or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for the government sucks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff RN  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Compensation is above average enough though Congress and the President decides if you get a raise every year

    Cons

    Daily working relationship with disgruntled people and management that have their own agenda. Cronyism is rampent. If you try to better yourself and try to get other jobs, your supervisor can black ball you even though you are a good employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue to how a hospital should operate. Quit living 30 years ago. It is about the patients, not your personal agenda to make yourself look better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    VA for last 15 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Not Saying Because of Fear of Retaliation  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Not Saying Because of Fear of Retaliation in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Once you know how to navigate the system, you will understand how to get ahead.

    Cons

    archaic promotion schedule for nurses, office culture is toxix, racisim is rampant, inefficiencies reign, ethics is only on paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, upward mobility, noble mission, great benefits

    Cons

    poor management, poor work/life balance, bureaucracy, top heavy, poor training, no flexibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Contract Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good. Ability to move up quickly given the demand in this career field.

    Cons

    Workload is heavy and most stressful environment I've ever worked in. Burnout is common. You won't be able to work in this environment more than 3-5 years. Unfortunately, very little opportunity to move to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worst management I've ever seen. It's no surprise that the VA is getting bad publicity. Management is focused on making next grade versus people management and development.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I thought it was

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - The pay
    - the ability to be able to do my job the best way I can w/ minimal supervision.

    Cons

    In my program:
    - Incompetent Leadership
    - Lead by Fear
    - Unrealistic expectations
    - Favoritism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    ok enjoyed the veterans

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    Former Employee - Police Officer  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    making a difference in a veterans day, or life with a simple contact.

    Cons

    some employees forgetting why they have a job and who they're here to serve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold everyone accountable, if not producing fire them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A huge waste of tax dollars

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome. Serving veterans. Making a contribution.

    Cons

    The huge, ongoing waste of tax dollars. If private sector operated like public sector then all businesses would be totally broke in less than a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some balls. Stop saying yes to everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Veterans Service Representative/Rating Veterans Service Representative

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Helping veterans. Salary and benefits. Salary starts at GS-7 approx $38K for VSR and goes to GS-10 approx $50K. RVSR goes up to GS-12 approx $70K.

    Cons

    You earn it! Forced, mandatory overtime. Micromanaging supervisors. Management out of touch. Little care for you as an individual. You're a number and if you can't produce the required quota, they'll find someone who will and think nothing of it. No life outside of work. Expected to work M-F plus OT on weekends and evenings. No respect from management. If you're not willing to sell your soul, you will not be promoted. Those that are will stab you in the back, gossip, cut throats, etc. A miserable work environment with the threat of being fired hanging over your head constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try doing the job that you're pushing. Have respect for employees. Treat them as people, not replaceable machines. Stop micromanaging. Listen to the employees, they are doing the job, they know the reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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