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Small VA Hospital with a Big Heart

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Former Employee - Staff Nurse in Fayetteville, AR
Former Employee - Staff Nurse in Fayetteville, AR

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

The VA hospital in Fayetteville, AR is the hub for veteran's care for northwest Arkansas, northeastern Oklahoma, and southwestern Missouri. Employees are committed to providing the best possible care they can for the veteran. "The veteran comes first" is more than a motto. The campus is beautiful; the people are friendly. It's a great place to work.

Cons

Because of the nature of a bureaucracy, needed change is sometimes slow in coming. I was advised during my employment interview that this is the case. The management does the best they can to rectify problems and create a good atmosphere for both the employees and the veterans and their families.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work and value the employees who go above and beyond.

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  1. If you have no military background, then the VA is probably not the place for you

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Austin, TX

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The parking lot was big - usually plenty of parking.

    Cons

    In order to get any work done here, you will be forced to play a long, slow political game with those you need work with.
    Did I mention that everything at the VA moves at a snail's pace?
    Most (if not all) managers at the VA have some sort of military background, and once they find out you don't, you can pretty much kiss your career with the VA goodbye.
    The work environment was very bland.
    Sometime it took up to 45 minutes to get through all of the security just to get into the building.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate everything that is currently hindering any sort of progress, which means that just about all internal management will essentially need to fire itself before anything improves.

  2. They don't hire vets or promote from within

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    Current Employee - Human Resource Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Human Resource Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is better than the private sector.

    Cons

    The Health Benefits are great but very expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more Vets! Promote from within like you say you do!

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