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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
573 Reviews
3.2
573 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 41 reviews)


Cons
  • A miserable work environment with the threat of being fired hanging over your head constantly (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Better than most places

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    The patients are appreciatative of all services

    Cons

    Management needs to listen more

  2.  

    VA review

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    Current Employee - Claims Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Claims Assistant in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    solid benefits at the VA

    Cons

    Stressful work environment at the VA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Contracting Officer Position

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    Current Employee - Contracting Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Contracting Officer in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Growth, Training, Telework, Flexible Schedule, Great Mission

    Cons

    Management at higher levels do not address the issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Msa

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    Former Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Loma Linda, CA
    Former Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Loma Linda, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy job to learn. Great working with veterans. Compensation is on a GS pay scale. Accept any job and then apply within the company fly a higher paying position because employees get precedence.

    Cons

    Everything is about politics. Most departments are behind and it affects employee morale and patient care.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Surgery resident

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great experience, awesome training. Great equipment, team attitude in general. The accessibly of specialties in great, and I never had a problem getting the equipment that I needed or wanted.

    Cons

    Only demonstrates one aspect of healthcare delivery. Not necessarily a con, but something to consider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

  7.  

    I have had the opportunity to learn, train, lead, and grow. It has been a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Temple, TX
    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Temple, TX

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

    Pros

    I feel right at home working with other veterans. Its like a family.

    Cons

    Dealing with other peoples personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management must learn that skills come from what you do everyday and not by a title.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    provides upwards mobility for those with limited capacity in other work environments. Flexibility with telecommute opportunities.

    Cons

    Great place to work when not really worried about production. Bureaucracy rules the day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Government Motor Vehicle Operator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Basic benefits are fair, economic stability,

    Cons

    Under valued in comparison to other union jobs, skills under valued, job requirements under valued, safety under valued, health hazards under valued, adaptability under valued, customer service skills under valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Motor Vehicle Operator is the only employees which leaves the protection of the VA to perform services that benefits the the customer and VA but governed by multiple laws while being expected to be safe, courteous, security, professional, trustworthy, and humble.

  10.  

    Great Benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Serving and giving back to our Veterans. The VA offers great benefits and leave time which provides great life work balance

    Cons

    Government constraints can limit innovation and transformation within the system.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    20+ years of VA experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good networking, good benefits and generous time off

    Cons

    Politics drive decisions vs. doing what's best for our customers.The House Veterans Affairs Committee (Miller, R-FL) is bat crazy and uses VA as a political pawn. Morale is very low as a result.
    Pay for the highest level positions is not keeping pace with the private sector - pay at low and mid level jobs is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing - don't pander to the politicians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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