US Department of Veterans Affairs

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
600 Reviews
3.2
600 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 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.  

    Great agency to work for, but there are definitely things that need to be fixed!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in North Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in North Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great, dedicated, employees that excel at their jobs. Worked with many awesome people who enjoyed what they did.

    Cons

    Lack of funds for training since HR Training Scandal. HR lacks the ability to interpret and implement laws and regulations that affect applicants. There needs to be a more common sense approach to reporting metrics, workload assignments, and providing training to HR employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of paying executives to frequently travel or pay the excessive bonuses to upper management and executives, use the money to properly train staff! If you are not training your HR employees, you will continue to pay for their mistakes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Nurse

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    We work together and help each other, if one of us has a crisis with a patient the other nurses jump in and help to get the patient to the sicu quickly,

    Cons

    We have a hard time having the right supplies here to take care of the patieints. The equipment may or may not work and money is wasted on trivial things intstead of the things we need to take care fo the veterans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not waste money and hire more nurses and doctor's

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Current employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great mission that you want to support. Coworkers are a great bunch of people. Many coworkers are veterans or spouses of veterans. Government employment so stable position with decent pay, and great quality of life perks. TW friendly.

    Cons

    Unorganized processes and procedures. Old and outdated systems to work with. Leadership is not effective. Redandant reporting of the same data to managers every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    you can have a social life but not a lot of $

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Taking care of the Veterans and giving them the best medical care. Also most of the people that work here are really nice and not a lot of work drama like other places.

    Cons

    Pay! They pay half of what you could make at a non-va medical center. The VA is short staff because of this so there is lots of work to do for one person in a department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great employees. Undervalued

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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

    VA has many talented, motivated people.

    Cons

    Too many old timers who are stubborn, not opened to change or improvement, and just waiting for their pension. Needs a system revamp starting at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the true definition of a leader. Learn to lead by influence not by power.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Needed but Weary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Military Services Coordinator in Fort Lee, VA
    Current Employee - Military Services Coordinator in Fort Lee, VA

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

    Pros

    The ability to give back to Veterans...that is one of the best feeling in the world.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, not very efficient, compensation is below market value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees for their work product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Oppurtunity - Great Challenges

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    - Few know what each other does professionally, so, therein lays oppurtunity to chart your own career path
    - If you understand local interpesonal/social relations and national politics, you can position yourself for success
    - Good worklife balance

    Cons

    - Has a general culture of laziness
    - Middle management can be toxic and counterproductive
    - Admin staff are not usually skilled or intelligent enough to effectively tackle position challeges (slows the whole system down)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are what you hire: The largest issues seem to be the hiring of friends and family members rather than competent employees. The federal government hiring rules are stern, but HR offices frequently bend the rules to their perceived wants. The overall culture of productivity is lackluster mostly due to middle management suppression and missteps.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Department of Veterans Affairs- Technology Acquisition Center

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Eatontown, NJ

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Work atmosphere, easy to take leave (other then at the end of the fiscal year). A good group of truly hard working/grateful employees.

    Cons

    Some employees undeserving of their position- obtained through nepotism. Disjointed leadership, always changing policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent job, if you can get on, but varies on personal experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Fayetteville, AR
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Fayetteville, AR

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

    Pros

    Very dependable. All government holidays off.

    Cons

    Very slow progression of advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too slow to change

    Current Employee - Clinical Pharmacist
    Current Employee - Clinical Pharmacist

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

    Pros

    The VA is very progressive as a whole for pharmacists; I am able to do more clinical work at the VA than I would be able to on the outside. The computerized charts is probably the biggest pro. Benefits are decent but have changed since our parents generation. The benefits that come with a government job are not what they used to be. You pay so much for health care for example.

    Cons

    Things are too slow to change since it is a government job. It is very difficult to fire people who are not performing and difficult to hire new personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the good workers in a better way

    Neutral Outlook

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