Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (17)

    Learn the System, Be Rewarded

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, rewarding work environment, great co-workers. Once you are aware of how things work within the governmental system, it is an involved and rewarding place to work. Make friends who know how to handle the paperwork and watch your worries disappear.

    Cons

    Government Paperwork, culture varies between departments and sometimes even within departments. People work on different hourly schedules and it is often impossible to get things done on the same day during normal (or even banking business hours) because key employees are not working the same hours ... Time in job is rewarded more than merit and achievements. If pursuing as a full career, be ready to switch job positions/ departments every other year or so to get appropriate raises, and new appointments.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of training people for hours upon hours about policy, mission, and workplace safety and security when they just arrive, have them trained on workflow and filling paperwork. This will free up time of local leadership to actually lead instead of helping people access trainings, paperwork, and connect with others at distant locations.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Government

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    Current Employee - Prosthetics Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Prosthetics Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great health and dental. Ground and mid level employees are hard working, missions oriented, and usually have good moral integrity.

    Cons

    Red tape everywhere. Software is from the 1980's (very similar to DOS). Systems and process are not easily changed even with objective inefficiencies. organization of departments doesn't correlate to what other health care centers do (very confusing).

    Advice to Management

    have congress increase physician pay for better recruiting (Past the presidential wage). Incentives to retain quality and talented staff. More intern programs for non-medical employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Veterans Service Representative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I can't think of 5 positive words to say.

    Cons

    Negative environment that never changes

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


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  5. VA OIG

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    Former Employee - VA OIG Auditor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - VA OIG Auditor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    opoortunity for entry into the Fed workforce. However, once you're in you'll be disappointed with the work culture and the people, so be weary as you may not last.

    Cons

    This is one of the worst places I have worked at; suffice to say, I have bad better jobs when I was in college. Toxic culture, sink-or-swim attitude, little to no training and out of touch senior management. Be weary as this place may be your worst nightmare!

    Advice to Management

    None, as they wouldn't listen anyway. This is a warning to other potential would-be job applicants.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Contract Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits to include liberal leave policy. They have a great veteran's hiring preference and flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    It is a very divided work environment, meaning if you are on of the favored employees, you can get away with a lot and progress up the promotion chain very fast; but if you are not--look out!

    Advice to Management

    You need to have faith in the employees at lower levels and not just rely on often deceitful supervisors or managers who are pressured in to making the metric numbers look good.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Disrespectful of those who served our country

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    Former Employee - Non-VA Care in Danville, IL
    Former Employee - Non-VA Care in Danville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great pay and time off policies, benefits

    Cons

    you must conform to the VA way, not at all like the real world! Treat Veteran's disrespectfully.

    Advice to Management

    Consider when an employee is not a good fit, make every attempt to find a job that will work for the employee for the sake of employee and company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Helping Veterans receive the proper health care they deserve

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The Veterans are the best reason to work for the hospital.

    Cons

    There are to many chains of command that allow for individuals to not be as productive as they should be.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more open to the ideas of subordinates


  9. Helpful (2)

    Used to be better, now too topheavy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the better federal agencies to work for, job security is there, it is apolitical, and you can make a difference.

    Cons

    Work at central office, we used to care about Veterans and get things done, now there are 5 levels of concurrence for anything. Need to cut the red tape, get rid of managers and get back to helping Veterans


  10. Helpful (1)

    Changing work system to a production mode with more accountability

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Veterans’ Affairs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    value is customer focused on serving Veterans - a valued mission

    Cons

    Some people are not used to quick change and have to be more flexible and ready to move in different directions towards the mission

    Advice to Management

    Training and open management to seek talented employees is key to building a strong workforce and promoting MVP employees is important to having a top of the class agency.


  11. Helpful (4)

    A decent place to work if you know how to politic

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Department of Veterans’ Affairs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The government has great benefits. You're off on all of the holidays. You have decent health options. Some offices allow you to work on a compressed work schedule so you can work 9 or 10 hour days and have a day or two off within a pay period. Also, after working with the government full time for 3 years, you have job security and are able to move easier through the federal government agencies.

    Cons

    The organization needs to be restructured. Since it is difficult to fire people after they hit the 3 year mark, there are a lot of employees who are complacent with their jobs and have very bad attitudes. This makes things difficult for the main stakeholder (the veteran) who is already having a difficult time having their claims processed. Preventable mistakes are being made and the stakeholders at met with attitudes. They also over taxing good workers to compensate for bad workers with little to no consequences for those that are barely performing. It brings down the morale of those that are doing quality work.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to re-evaluate their employee policies so that poor performers are let go. They also need to make training available for all employees that are looking to advance within the organization and not just for leadership to acquire a new set of competencies. When you invest your employees, it will establish a better pay off within the organization.



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