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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.2 481 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki

Eric K. Shinseki

(205 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon(in 17 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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    Overall, great learning experience for an entry level position

    Administrative (Current Employee)

    ProsThe culture and work environment are great.

    ConsBudgeting for payment increases is difficult

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good overall.

    Program Specialist (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsWork life Balance. Reasonable pay.

    ConsHaving the necessary tools to do your job effectively.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead from the front.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    It is what you make it...

    Research Health Science Specialist (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsThe benefits are good (as to be expected from working for the Government), there is some flexibility in determining your work hours (tour of duty), the researchers I work with are very passionate about their work, and there seems to be opportunity for personal growth.

    ConsThe infrastructure can be very frustrating. There never seems to be a way to get a straight answer. The answer to organization policy questions vary based on who you ask, which is beyond frustrating.

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    Rewarding yet frustrating at the same time.

    Medical Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsBeing able to make a difference in the lives of Veterans, getting to work with Veterans on a daily basis and hearing them share their experiences and life stories.

    ConsNot being able to help every veteran. Dealing with the politics when trying to get the veterans the help and services that they deserve. Promoting people who really weren't qualified to be in the position they were in, while not providing promotion opportunity to those wanting to advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the people who work on the front lines they truly have the voice of the veterans.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's ok

    Ophthalmic Technician (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsBenefits, health and vacation days are great

    ConsEmployees not managed, take advantage

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage Employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits, systemic issues

    Staff Nurse (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat benefits, and job security that cannot be matched. Solid pay, and opportunities to learn and grow.

    ConsIt takes a long time to get hired. The job security + Union intervention creates a work environment in which employees do what they want without fear of true punishment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold employees accountable for their actions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay, if you know people on the inside...

    Staff RN (Current Employee) Lake City, FL

    ProsGood benefits and paid time off. They offer one of the highest rates of pay in the city, but pay rates vary greatly based on region.

    ConsMost things are based on who and not what you know! Important things like your starting salary, evaluations, and bonuses will depend on who you know and not the quality of your work or contributions to the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBase evaluations on the quality of a person's work and not their friendship with you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good job, good perks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGovernment position, pay is ok.

    ConsHard to deal get anything done at times, lots of red tape.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

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    Outpatient Pharmacist

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPersonally rewarding, benefits, great position for slackers (not my cup of tea)

    ConsAdvancement is solely seniority based.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They're trying is the only good part. The setup doesn't allow the Secretary to acutally enforce anything.

    Senior Operations Research Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsStability, chance to help people (especially veterans), good way to give back to your country and have a career, plenty of learning opportunities

    ConsLeadership, inability for the Secretary to actually enforce anything on other divisions of the VA, very easy for your division to be locked out from necessary pieces of data and there is nothing anyone can do (including Congress apparently).

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the Secretary the ability to actually enforce policies and ideas. Find a way to reward innovation, creativity, and hard workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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