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Friendly work environment, but repetitive and boring work

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time

Pros

Federal government opportunities with great benefits

Cons

Might take years to get where you want.

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Get to know your staff!

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience. Don't do it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    1) Hard to get kicked out of the government.
    2) Steady paycheck (even when you get furloughed)
    3) You can transfer any where after you get your 1 year in.
    4) Retirement is..meh...ok.

    Cons

    1) For those of you coming from the real world to the government, its going to suck because..
    2) Lack of common sense in most government employees.
    3) They have to many rules that lead to their own inefficiency
    4) Most people who go to work, just go for the paycheck
    5) Budget (the lack of money) is a constant issue.
    5) Manpower (the lack of people to do the job) is a constant issue
    6) High GS employees are very egotistic because of their pay grade.
    7) Incentives are not given to good workers with great attitude who work hard
    8) Overall work environment has a bad vibe and poor quality in appeal. Lots of animosity in the air, lots of rats that gossip to upper management, you can't be creative and be yourself.
    9) "Good ol boy" system exists everywhere. Its crap. If you're an attractive girl that can put on a nice dress, you got the job. If you are friends with upper management, you got the job. The best and most qualified candidate does not get the job
    10) Retirement system is crap. It's not like it used to be under the civil service days. Now we are under FRS and you have to invest under TSP. (PFF!!!! TSP is a joke)

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    Advice to Management...and their rats:

    You're killing your young. You suck.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people but tough to feel you make an impact.

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Fascinating research, passionate employees, people who really want to help Veterans

    Cons

    Organization is so huge with so many rules and policies that unless you are a physician and interact with patients on a daily basis, it's hard to feel like you're really making a difference. I am leaving because I want more advancement than just a standard 1k salary increase every year (no matter my performance) and actual performance reviews - not just a survey we sign off on - so that I can get feedback on my progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in mind that younger employees in the Bay Area often don't fit - and don't want to fit - the federal worker stereotype. We need to be challenged and have feedback, or you'll lose us to a more fulfilling job in the private sector

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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