US Department of Veterans Affairs

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
595 Reviews
3.2
595 Reviews
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Robert A. McDonald
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon (in 21 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- little on the high end for premiums but I have 4 children (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • A miserable work environment with the threat of being fired hanging over your head constantly (in 22 reviews)

  • No real direction or connection from upper management or supervisors (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have had the best 3 years working at the VA because I have a strong compassion for helping people and Veterans are worth every bit of my daily activities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best things that I love working at the VA is serving our Veterans. I enjoy watching them smile. I enjoy helping them get all they need for their time and services they have rendered for me. I enjoy the work at the VA because it gives me life to help people.

    Cons

    The challenge that I have working here is not being able to give every veteran everything they deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some advice that I have to share with upper management is being sure that every employee get a fair chance to be heard throughout the workplace for any changes that take place in the workplace. Allow employees to advance with every effort to make a big career choice in their career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, upward mobility, noble mission, great benefits

    Cons

    poor management, poor work/life balance, bureaucracy, top heavy, poor training, no flexibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    really good job but poor management...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    job and life balance and good pay and fun job

    Cons

    management not empower the people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people to be competent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I have truly enjoyed working at the VA.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have such great ways to help enhance your CSR skills and talents.

    Cons

    The pay should be more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work by working as a team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Warehouse Experience

    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Experience of paying close attention to details, as a veteran the ablility to following orders and directions for accuracy the safety procedurs for operatoring a forklift

    Cons

    Shipping and Receiving forklift operator loading and unloading trucks, verifying shipments, pulling and verifying merchandise and verifying for shipping counting and affixing labels for destinations

  7.  

    Run, don't walk, flee - worst Department in the Executive Branch

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are a doctor or nurse looking to get your initial years experience, might be a venue for you.

    Cons

    Any other field, if you are looking for a job, this will do. If you are looking for a career in the Federal sector, go with another Dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your upper leadership levels, too many people taking a salary that do not earn it, have no vision, no concept of mission, and simply do not care about the Veteran.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lot of Potential but Poorly executed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Job Security
    The core mission is a wonderful! To server those who served our country.
    Work Live balance is terrific
    Low Stress - this might not be the case in all positions

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic
    Complete Lack of leadership in Senior Management
    Career development is almost non-existent
    Employee Policies are not clear and applied different amongst a single organization
    Execution of tasks due to the bureaucracy and size of the org is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management needs to do a better job of understanding how tasks are actually getting accomplished and gain input from those doing the work prior to attempting changes.
    Senior Managements needs to learn to identify and develop leadership talent.

    No opinion of CEO

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