US Department of Veterans Affairs

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
573 Reviews
3.2
573 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 41 reviews)


Cons
  • A miserable work environment with the threat of being fired hanging over your head constantly (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Government Motor Vehicle Operator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Basic benefits are fair, economic stability,

    Cons

    Under valued in comparison to other union jobs, skills under valued, job requirements under valued, safety under valued, health hazards under valued, adaptability under valued, customer service skills under valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Motor Vehicle Operator is the only employees which leaves the protection of the VA to perform services that benefits the the customer and VA but governed by multiple laws while being expected to be safe, courteous, security, professional, trustworthy, and humble.

  2.  

    Great Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Serving and giving back to our Veterans. The VA offers great benefits and leave time which provides great life work balance

    Cons

    Government constraints can limit innovation and transformation within the system.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    20+ years of VA experience

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    • Senior Management
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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good networking, good benefits and generous time off

    Cons

    Politics drive decisions vs. doing what's best for our customers.The House Veterans Affairs Committee (Miller, R-FL) is bat crazy and uses VA as a political pawn. Morale is very low as a result.
    Pay for the highest level positions is not keeping pace with the private sector - pay at low and mid level jobs is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing - don't pander to the politicians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    a new culture is moving in!

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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

    Good new blood running around there with innovative ideas, and the energy to execute. Collaboration with other teams is allowed, but you have to make it happen.

    Cons

    "Systems issues" are a nightmare. Antiquated computer systems trying to handle huge volumes of data. Some old-timers aren't willing to support new ideas. Only recently has HR become "paperless," which means former employees' data can be warehoused in some facility somewhere, on paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free yourself from the lobbying done by various "professional" organizations, and measure the outcome data on individuals providing care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The raises are not fair for RN's

    • 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

    Retirement is decent benefit, work with veterans is rewarding

    Cons

    Low RN pay compared to civilian hospitals in the area, the facility needs updating, needs new blood in management. Too many politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on your nurse turnover rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    VA Pittsburgh Registered Nurse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Job secuity, vacation time, holiday pay

    Cons

    They worry about stupid issues and miss the big picture. A LOT of bureaucracy! Benefits are very expensive!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to micro-manage the nurse managers and let them run the units. Health benefit costs are out of control.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great, love the attention they give there employess

    • 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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and nice coworkers

    Cons

    management is hard to change ways even when you know you have a better way of doing something

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    VA Medical Center

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The VA offered good benefits.

    Cons

    The VA did not provide great training.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Alright to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Systems Specialist in Fayetteville, AR
    Current Employee - Health Systems Specialist in Fayetteville, AR

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

    Pros

    Security, great co-workers, autonomy in your work. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Leadership that stay on well past their prime and need to retire. Allow corruption to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your employees, look outside those who have been there forever, as they are usually the ones being corrupt and making the facility look bad.

  11.  

    Ok

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

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Guaranteed salary stable job. Even survived the government shutdowb.

    Cons

    No real direction or connection from upper management or supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like you care about employees and patients.

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