US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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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
  • This creates an interesting work environment (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management is often less capable than mid management in terms of leadership vision and direction (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Nuclear Medicine

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    light work-load, patients are great

    Cons

    Pay & staff. Pay is a joke and so are the "more experienced" staff.


  2. Poor Senior Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL

    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

    Leadership varies from department to department, job security

    Cons

    Senior leadership is so far removed from the care of veterans that they have forgotten what they are supposed to be doing there.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with the veterans and employees, get out of your office and look around you will get more useful information there than on your excel spreadsheets. Chiefs particularly.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    A significant amount of travel is not required. Schedule can be set to given hours, although that is frowned upon.

    Cons

    A very power hungry, military mindset with no emphasis on quality, safety, or ethics. Candidates are hired based largely upon having a like military background to current supervisory personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of being afraid of the knowledge of employees, reap it. By allowing them the latitude to do the best that they can do instead of being overly concerned at their depth of knowledge as compared to yours, you will also be able to shine.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    VBA

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    Current Employee - Loan Specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Loan Specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment, good benefits, the pay is not as high as in the private sector but you don't need to market yourself.

    Cons

    VA promotes people into management positions with no training on how to manage. Management positions are based on friendship rather than on qualifications. VA policies are always changing which makes it hard to stay on top of things.

    Advice to Management

    Know the job before you take on a management position.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Technology at VA is very outdated and Senior Management is aware but their hands are tied

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    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

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

    Pros

    If your looking to collect a paycheck just for showing up this is the place to work. Most "Employees" have a dedication to the mission, but the contractors are treated as second class citizens

    Cons

    Because of the laws governing contracts with US Agencies its impossible to provide any lateral support between groups. I worked in a building with about 50 technologist but there were at least 6 contracting firms providing that staff. Contracts were written 2-5 years previous and demand handling situations in a way that is completely counter-intuitive to any accepted industry standard.

    In one example, the team managing the VMWare environment had little understanding of the applications they were hosting and paid the vendor 2 million to help deploy the product. It was generally accepted within the group that the vendor engineer had not provided sound technical advice for the initial build and anytime serious workloads were executed the system failed miserably, typically requiring reboot of 25-50% of the hosts involved.

    When the VM team was presented with the vendor's own "tuning and best practices" guide that was co-authored by the software vendor and the VMware team we were told "your input is not welcome and stick to the roles laid out in your companies contract".

    Overall there is a significant deterrent to delivering quality work and far too much emphasis on following the letter of the contracts rather than the spirit.

    Advice to Management

    I honestly wish I had some words of wisdom that could actually be implemented. Even speaking with the CISO of the organization he readily acknowledged the problems and told me that "anything that interfered with patient care" took a backseat to the mission of the IT staff.

    This extended to such extremes that medical devices which were infected with computer viruses, spreading the problem to major portions of the environment were allowed to continue to exist on the network.

    Every time I read about Data Breaches within healthcare I am no longer supprized because of the lack of responsibility senior managers have towards the overall health of the organization.

    I accepted the assignment because I wanted to do something "socially responsible" helping to secure our Veterans medical records and systems from state-sponsored hackers only to realize the Mission they are delivering is accounting for every data breach instead of preventing it in the first placel.


  7. Medical Support Assistant

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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

    professional in attendance and appearance. Addresses needs of staff

    Cons

    take things personally. Needs to think before jumping to conclusions

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, and you can move around

    Cons

    horrible management and organization and pay if your not an rn or physician

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 16, 2015Department of Veterans Affairs Employee

    I am sorry to hear that you had a negative experience at VA. VA strives to provide training and effective oversight for all VA employees, no matter their specialty or department. I wish you best in ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sterile Processing Services

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    Former Employee - Medical Supply Technician in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Medical Supply Technician in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

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

    Pros

    Good stepping stone job to move within the federal system.

    Cons

    Bad management. People without an education get promoted, therefore, reflecting in bad management decisions day in and day out. It will get to you after a while.

    Advice to Management

    Don' t promote unless people have an education and a strong knowledge of the job.


  10. Amazement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The goal is to assist the Veterans.

    Cons

    I am not sure if this is a Pro or a Con. You don't have to be educated to work @ the VA Administratively and it shows. There is very much a cronyism/nepotism functionality within the walls.

    Advice to Management

    There are those who continue on for Advanced Degrees that would like to improve and upgrade. Look beyond your relatives and your backsides.


  11. claims

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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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Great retirement
    Flexible schedule
    Close to home
    Tsp savings
    Union

    Cons

    Hard to move up unless you work in certain areas or know people. Having a masters.degree didn't help me.
    High insurance



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