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Housekeeping

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Current Employee - Housekeeping Aide  in  Ann Arbor, MI
Current Employee - Housekeeping Aide in Ann Arbor, MI

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

Pros

Good Pay - Fair Hours

Cons

Other Employees - Petty Backstabbing

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    IT Internship turned out to be cheap help desk and basic computer repair tech

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    Former Employee - IT Intern  in  Saginaw, MI
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Saginaw, MI

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay (mid-14$), good for resume, work experience, accrue sick/PTO days as an intern

    Cons

    Doesn't help you get a job at the VA at all, often assigned crappy work that no one else wants to do, adjust to the work norm rather than how VA rules tell you to do or stand out, background check never cleared so was forced to do crap jobs

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    Make internships easier to transfer to full time, offer to post-graduation veterans, conduct background checks faster (mine didn't even complete during internship, never did as far as I know)

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    No opinion of CEO
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    Proud to be part of a mission that cares for our nation's veterans

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    There is wide variance in quality among different VA medical centers. The proof of this is available internally in performance measures that are published monthly and quarterly. Less objective but more potent evidence is in the press when things go wrong. While the VA seems to be targeted by the media and Congress for extra scrutiny, it is not without good reason. The VA is an experiment in Federally Funded National Healthcare. There is an inherent expectation to not only get the job done right but do it better than the for-profit private sector. In my view, I believe the VA is meeting or exceeding many standards of quality as compared to the private sector. The VA is leading the way on increasing access to care through many new initiatives that are proving successful.

    Cons

    The biggest internal complaint shared by many employees is that there are a few unprofessional, dishonest and even corrupt managers at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center. There are processes for reporting fraud, waste and abuse. However, the managers responsible for the misconduct being reported are able to retaliate against the employee who "Blows the whistle." Severe career harm has come to many who attempted to improve the quality of care at the VA or at the minimum tried to stop illegal behavior by certain managers. The reason fraud, waste and abuse perpetuates in the government is that regular everyday people who work there have family responsibilities, kids to feed, student loans to repay and mortgages. It is easier to ignore a Psychiatry Service Chief's misconduct than it is to tell senior leadership about said misconduct.

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    Managers are permitted to remain in their posts long beyond what would ever be tolerated in the private sector.

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