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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
520 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon (in 18 reviews)

  • The VA has good pay, good benefits and opportunities for training (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • It was clear that it was a hostile work environment from day one (in 16 reviews)

  • The upper management had no idea what was happening in the different departments (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    I had a overall good experience was like a second home

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    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with the veterans

    Cons

    At the end of my time working there it became less family friebdly

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential for social workers

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Lyons, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Lyons, NJ

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    High salary for social workers, great benefits, job security, benefits, relocation potential (basically any where in the world where there is a military base)

    Cons

    Getting a job after the internship has ended even if you were a stellar intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unsupportive bureaucratic culture

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    Current Employee - Social Worker  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Social Worker in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The best starting salary and above average benefits (except for vacation time) The work is meaningful and the clients are great.

    Cons

    Social Workers feel oppressed, disregarded, disempowered and misinformed by unnecessary mid-management. ethics leave much to be desired. Can't tell if middle management is incompetent or just nasty. I hope this is different in other VA locations but will leave as soon as the right job presents itself. I'm sorry
     I let the pay suck me in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage people -- it shouldn't be by fear tactics and negativity. And stop with the impossible to meet metrics. Don't you read/listen to the news?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    File Clerk

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    Current Employee - File Cerk  in  Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - File Cerk in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    The benefits were just okay

    Cons

    The company seems horrible in which way they treat employees. Government workers at their best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the program and hire new people who are innovative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall satisfying

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  East Orange, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in East Orange, NJ

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Provided a great and friendly atmosphere for both veterans and employees. Free health center, free lunch, and very flexible hours.

    Cons

    Not many cons to discuss. The hospital I worked at was fairly old and that was the only downside, from a technical standpoint.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    strictly ok place to work as long as you are really looking out for something permanent

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Queens Village, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in Queens Village, NY

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

    Pros

    good place to start when looking elsewhere

    Cons

    full of temp workers
    nobody stays permanent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please care about your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    VA Hospital

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    Former Employee - Journeymen  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Journeymen in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Good Experience for entry level

    Cons

    Typical Federal l Civil Service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need continuing education for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Very Discriminatory!!!

    Current Employee - Office Associate  in  Calverton, NY
    Current Employee - Office Associate in Calverton, NY

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are a veteran they are great as they really do take care of you & look out for you. They have the best benefits that I have ever seen. Other than that.......

    Cons

    It was my experience, not being a veteran because of medical reasons extending back to when I was 4 years old, that the ONLY reason why I was hired was because I am disabled & that they were looking for any reason to get rid of me which they finally did when I was in hospital which they knew about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand the need to recruit veterans, but do not discriminate against those of use who could not be veterans because we couldnt serve due to circumstances beyond our control. I felt that I was being discriminated against beginning on my ODA. It is rare that I am able to apply for a VA job on USAJOBS.GOV because I am kicked out of the running for not being a veteran. Through your discriminatory practices you are in essence saying that ONLY veterans & no one else can work for the VA which is very interesting in my case as I do volunteer my time helping the veterans at the Long Island State Veteran's Home located in Stony Brook, New York!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's everything you hear about working for the government

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    Current Employee - IT Supervisor  in  Eatontown, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in Eatontown, NJ

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

    Pros

    In many ways, the job is flexible, management is understanding of personal issues, there is never a shortage of work to be done, benefits are great, salary is more than fair.

    Cons

    Working for the federal government has it's cons; Feedback on work (either positive or negative) is minimal. Even when there is feedback, it usually feels disingenuine. While I work with several outstanding individuals, there are a few that are less than stellar, to say the least. It is impossible to motivate, eliminate, or even re-assign these employees. It contributes to a culture that contains some negativity. Most employees, even the better ones, don'd hide the fact that they are looking out for themselves, before the needs of the organization. I dont know that there is an easy fix for this, it boils down to the structure of working for the federal government, where ultimately, we report to elected officials.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay, flexible schedule. Boring work.

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    Current Employee - Vsr  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vsr in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible schedule. Opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Boring work. Red-Tape to deal with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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