US Department of Veterans Affairs

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Entry level experience, and that is about as far as it goes in research service

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Former Employee - Program Support Assistant, Research Service, Greater Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Program Support Assistant, Research Service, Greater Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

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

Pros

*great place to get some experience to take somewhere else
*decent benefits
*great learning experience
*working in research or doing research support can be great

Cons

*if you have to work bottom of the foodchain in administration, it is horrible
*misleading. the job I applied to, interviewed for, and accepted was NOT what I ended up doing. I was told I would be doing research support to build a research resume but really just did administrative dredge work like ordering supplies and arranging travel.
*the people that interview and hire you are NOT the people you end up working with
*term position renewable every 13 months not to exceed 4 years-no promotion potential in this type of position. the best they can do is post a higher GS level position on USA Jobs, and you try your luck and apply from the outside like everyone else. This process can take a year-if you are selected.
*incompetent management, especially in admin.
*entry-level people get treated like serfs and slaves
*training and employee development not supported at all for entry-level people
*massive work load if you happen to be competent
*tedious menial dredge work at the entry level with no possibility of advancement
*Racism. Watch out if you are a Hispanic, Asian, or white minority
*Managers and supervisors are not hired/promoted based on merit
*VA expects a lot of education for what they pay

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't just give lip service to employee development and training, really work with people so that they can go back to school and bring those skills and knowledge back to the organization. Give base entry level people a chance to do something meaningful and move up. Use the probationary period to get rid of incompetent jerks, especially when they are supervisors or managers costing your budget 80k+ and they do nothing. Really check supervisors references and education, and if they have a mail order degree, don't hire them. Don't be surprised or peeved when people that you depend on to make things run quit on short notice for something better after you lie to them, pay them a pittance, and treat them like dirt.

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    highly stressful environment with constantly changing priorities

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    Former Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    Steady employment withstandard federal government benefits

    Cons

    Highly stressful due to continually changing priorities and weak leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change hiring policy to include mid-level managment recruiting from outside government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Employees Being Destroyed by Self-serving, Politically-minded Directors and Chiefs Running Amok.

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    Current Employee - Social Worker in West Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Social Worker in West Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, co-workers and clients/patients.

    Cons

    Poor infrastructure. Malfeasance issues. Uncaring and/or complacent hospital directors and chiefs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the political games, the unethical and illegal shenanigans, fire yourself from this organization, or at least let those who care and are competent to actually lead the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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