US Department of Veterans Affairs

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Neutral about working for the VA

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR
Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR

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

Pros

They cannot call off a nurse due to low census (although this never happens anyway), the benefits are alright, Veterans can be a very enjoyable and challenging patient population to work with.

Cons

Low pay compared to other private sector hospitals for 8 hours more work each pay period. People are very set in their ways and when changes need to occur, it can take years to accomplish even little things. HR is a nightmare to deal with, even things as simple as getting your badge printed can literally take 3 weeks of constant reminders and waiting. Even those employees who never show up for work cannot get fired due to the union.

Neutral Outlook

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Federal Job that I have held.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist

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

    Pros

    This job prevented a break in federal service for me and a good paycheck. Training is very accessible and pushed by management.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership from local management along with lack of leadership from senior GS employees. Trying to learn the job is difficult without mentoring. Prejudice working environment. Gossip. Everyone looking for a different job. No promotion potential in my office. "Select" people can do what they please while others are punished or told differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equality needs to be shown within the office. Diversity among work groups. Take time to mentor employees and teach them how to correctly do the work. Listen and process some of the gossips before it gets out of control and everyone leaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Frustrations like any other place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse
    Former Employee - Nurse

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good with yearly raises. Sometimes you get an annual bonus but it pretty much depends if your boss likes you or not. Good benefits with option to choose.

    Cons

    Many serious staff issues are overlooked and/or the protocol is not followed. The union is there to help you and can be helpful but don't dare go to them with an issue or you'll have a target on your back. Staff will often talk to their superiors like they are not a superior, when trying to have the issue addressed the higher-ups often side with the staff that is "lower on the totem pole". Don't even think about transferring in-house, it will never happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your staff, don't just show up for monday through friday 9-5 job and go home. There are many issues outside of those hours that need to be addressed. Follow protocol and stop covering for the staff that doesn't deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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