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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
533 Reviews
3.2
533 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon (in 19 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- little on the high end for premiums but I have 4 children (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • It was clear that it was a hostile work environment from day one (in 17 reviews)

  • The upper management had no idea what was happening in the different departments (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent Work Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst
    Former Employee - Program Analyst

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

    Pros

    Very committed to personal growth through training programs offered at no cost. The administrative team is always very helpful.

    Cons

    The operating procedures are very fragmented and distorted, often hard to find out where and why to do a task that is clearly not meant to be handled at your level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better standard operating procedures, at least CONSIDER a non-veteran.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Many employees care about the Veterans and are quite dedicated. Benefits are very good. You can make a difference here.

    Cons

    Possible limitations on career growth for the ultra-ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More incentives for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Most of my years at the VA were amazing because the patients were very appreciative.

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Nurse  in  Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Nurse in Syracuse, NY

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

    Pros

    The VA have really great benefits and they also offer competitive pay.

    Cons

    You could never get to know everyone because of its size

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to be a great boss and have your employees work really hard for you, you must respect and appreciate them. You must also be fair to everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I like working here!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working with veterans, Great pay, Great benefits

    Cons

    Work schedule is all over the place including multiple weekends in a row!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please reward hard workers and limit favoritism.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I really enjoy working with Veterans Affairs, I have the chance of helping our veterans.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working from 9 to 5. No weekends but some holidays.

    Cons

    The salary could be better, but it is a work in progress so we are told.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel Management should have training on all levels of the job. Stop being defensive when questions or issues are addressed from employees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working for Veterans

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Biggest government organization in the healthcare industry and can obtain solid healthcare experience. Been with the organization for more than eight years. Also pretty good healthcare and retirement government benefits Will always hire...priority are Vets!

    Cons

    Slow growth potential, but if you're willing to relocate to where the opportunities are, you'll have no problem. Low and slow pay. Be prepared for potential government shutdowns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Still a government agency and requires Congressional approval for operational funding and oversight. Moving towards more accountability--a good thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    I get to help the veterans

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for the job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable yet bureaucratic workplace.

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Professional
    Former Employee - Mental Health Professional

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Ability to serve people who need and deserve support.

    Cons

    Federal regulations and public demands take priority over evidence-based practices. Since the organization has incentivized being mentally ill with monthly paychecks, treatment delivery has become convoluted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Problems with direct management are irrelevant compared to the overall mismanagement of this government entity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Hostile work environment due to leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Veterans Service Representative  in  Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Veterans Service Representative in Waco, TX

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

    Pros

    Helping veterans is always great.

    Cons

    Bad morale. No one is excited to come to work. Management fosters a hostile work environment by treating subordinates poorly. I've seen managers yelling at people for no reason other than a mood swing. There is no cohesion and conversations with co-workers are punishable. Most people put in head phones and avoid everyone. Cut throat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a positive environment. Stop trying to find reasons for discipline and driving morale into the ground.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Voucher Examiner

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Voucher Examiner
    Current Employee - Voucher Examiner

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

    Pros

    The only pro is doing work for the Veterans

    Cons

    Everything, This job sucks and with no birght future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same page, it feels like no ones what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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