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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
633 Reviews
3.3
633 Reviews
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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.  

    It has been a very rewarding job but lacks promotion potential.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support
    Current Employee - Administrative Support

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    I love the patients that I am privileged to work with daily. Most of my fellow employees are equally committed to their jobs and the veteran population we serve.

    Cons

    The GS pay grade system is designed for equal pay; however, it does not reward hard work or job skills. Basically, anybody can move their way up the ladder just by putting your time it. Which puts lots of people in mid-management who shouldn't be there. The system it set up to run off the bright, young motivated employees or completely discourage them. It's really hard to work for mid-management who have their position just because they have been there 30 years not because they are qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let mid level managers just inherit jobs. It's discouraging to those of us who put the time and effort into our education and training.. Internal promotion should focus more on the employees skills and not their time in grade.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I am there to do everything I can for the veteran

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    Current Employee - Administrative Telehealth Assistant in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Administrative Telehealth Assistant in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    Working with and for the veterans who have given so much for us. Stability, good retirement.

    Cons

    Sometimes the red-tape attitude gets in the way of what is best for all persons involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, trust them to do their job, give praise when applicable.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Working for the man

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great hours, great salary and great potential to progress if you don't mind moving.

    Cons

    Having to move to progress and hoarding of information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send all techs to ITIL training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I enjoyed my time at the VA and felt like I was contributing to a good cause taking care of veterans.

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    Former Employee - Primary Care Physician in Fayetteville, AR
    Former Employee - Primary Care Physician in Fayetteville, AR

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

    Pros

    Almost all of my patients followed medical directions, appreciated the care they received, and recommended our VA hospital to their veteran friends.

    Cons

    We had a fairly heavy patient load and the medical records system took a lot of extra time. Virtually all employees made certain that they were out the door at the 4:30 quitting time. I found many patients were on high doses of narcotics and there was little encouragement to try to lower the doses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Social Work at its BEST!

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    Former Employee - Social Worker
    Former Employee - Social Worker

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    One of the great benefits of Social Work is the diversity that the field itself offers. As a Social Worker at the VA you have access to various practice areas. The VA offers medical care and beyond. Its comprehensive care allows social workers to practice in a variety of areas including: Nursing Home, Infectious Disease Clinics, Palliative Care, Oncology,. & Housing for Homeless Vets. Though there is no general Department of Social Services, like most hospitals, the Social Workers have a great rapport amongst each other, often collaborating resources, processing difficult cases and planning various training events.

    Cons

    As you find with many federal positions people often become complacent and aren't as professional and compassionate as they should be, as they feel that their jobs are thoroughly secure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A greater commitment to providing free continuing education and career development. More incentives encouraging staff to go above & beyond. Which in return enhances the quality care that our nation's Veteran's receive.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great work environment and opportunity for growth but relatively slow processes in every aspect of the job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Decent benefits and opportunities for tuition reimbursement or advanced degree attainment, supportive leadership and ability to collaborate with other federal agencies.

    Cons

    Necessary multi-level approval makes it very difficult and lengthy for simple projects to move forward or be cleared. I wouldn't recommend this organization for someone who enjoys seeing immediate return on their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the process for document approval and project approval to increase employee satisfaction and work output.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you enjoy job security and decent benefits.

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    You can't beat the job security of the government. The atmosphere is very laid back and work is not stressful. Rarely do I have to put in overtime to complete a task.

    Cons

    The government is low on the amount of young people (less than 40). So it can be difficult to relate to a lot of the staff here if you are still holding on to your youth. :-) The pay is okay but I consider it to be below the private sector compared to the same job. Very lacking on bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start rewarding good employees with better monetary awards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I accually love my job.

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    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Nash, TN
    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Nash, TN

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    I enjoy my coworkers and patients.

    Cons

    I do not like when upper management delegates work without undersranding the true nature of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff. They aee the ines l istening to the patients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime
    work from home
    good compensation

    Cons

    very structured
    constant change in regulation
    production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the people actually doing the work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Facility planner, management & program analyst in the Office of Facility Planning and Development at VA Palo Alto HCS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Tremendous portfolio of projects; cutting edge, veteran-centered healthcare design; highly motivated leadership

    Cons

    Limited promotion potential; huge beauracacy can be frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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