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

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
16 Reviews
3.0
16 Reviews
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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.  

    Working at the Bronx VA, cited as one of the US's most diverse, provided an excellent training/teaching experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    - Qualified, professional preceptors
    - Working in the spinal cord injury, bariatric surgery and hemodialysis units provided unique experiences with a varied population

    Cons

    - Commute from Manhattan was the only real con

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Department of Veterans Affairs- Technology Acquisition Center

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    Former Intern - Contract Specialist in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Intern - Contract Specialist in Eatontown, NJ

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work atmosphere, easy to take leave (other then at the end of the fiscal year). A good group of truly hard working/grateful employees.

    Cons

    Some employees undeserving of their position- obtained through nepotism. Disjointed leadership, always changing policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Organization, But Can Be Chaotic If You Are New

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and a relatively relaxed atmosphere. The veterans are so kind and appreciate all that the employees do.

    Cons

    Senior Management does not connect very well with workers. There is a lack of guideance and interest in training and organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Serving veterans in need and improving their lives.

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

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Improving the lives of America's veterans

    Cons

    There are not any cons to this job

    Recommends
  6.  

    Project manager OIT

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Stable job invironment with good benifits. Advancement is availble with steady growth throughout your career.

    Cons

    The environment is not very exciting. The bureaucracy can become tiresome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (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

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential for social workers

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    Former Contractor - Intern in Lyons, NJ
    Former Contractor - Intern in Lyons, NJ

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as a contractor (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    Overall satisfying

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

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as an intern (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

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