US Department of Veterans Affairs
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.1 372 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki

Eric K. Shinseki

(161 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
372 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The VA offers excellent pay, good benefits and a pension for psychologists"
    in 24 reviews
  • "Good salary, can maintaing a good work/life balance"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "The upper management had no idea what was happening in the different departments"
    in 13 reviews
  • "It was clear that it was a hostile work environment from day one"
    in 12 reviews
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Overall good place to work

Medical Support Assistant (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsGood coworkers. Leadership is very approachable and they do value feedback. Great knowing that the work you do is for the service of our veterans. Atmosphere isn't cut throat and generally supportive. Able to take on multiple responsibilities without backlash. Awesome benefits. Open to new ideas. Good job security.

ConsGovernment employee, so the pay is pretty low. Some of the processes are kind of inefficient and could use more automation via technology. General bureaucracy. Hiring was extremely slow and took months after interview to find status.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood job so far. Try to find ways to limit bureaucracy and politics, so that we can improve current systems with greater ease.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not to bad..

Medical Support Assistant (Current Employee)
Columbia, SC

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

ProsJob stability, growth, benefits, meet nice people

ConsSometimes they don't hire fairly...sometimes it WHO you know...

Advice to Senior ManagementUpdate policies and keep them...consistently changing policies and processes is not a good look.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good agency to work for with excellent job stability.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

ProsThe work is interesting and the hours are good.

ConsSometimes the workload can get heavy during peak seasons.

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Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Bay Pines, FL

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

Prosgreat opportunities of career growth

ConsMoney for research is limited right now

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experience as a VA Workstudy

VA Work Study Employee (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

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

ProsFlexible hours, worked well while going to school full time

ConsSometimes the work wasn't worth what we were actually paid (minimum wage)

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Federal Employee, 9 years experience, Allied Health Professional

Clinical Pharmacist (Current Employee)
Murfreesboro, TN

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

ProsGreat benefits, generous leave and time off policies
Support for advancement for certain clinical disciplines (mostly Nursing)

ConsLimited opportunities within certain departments for advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementMore funding for education (advanced degrees and tuition reimbursement for those who are not in Nursing)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very good place to work

Medical Support Assistant (Current Employee)
Fort Smith, AR

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

ProsGood pay and benefits. Fully computerized system with easy access all over the country. Stable working hours.

ConsHard to grow and get promoted in the small clinic, easier at the medical center.
Continuously very busy with more duties and responsibilities every year. Not a good balance of clerical support for Mental Health providers.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire enough supporting personnel to do better quality job and still have time for training and professional growth.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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This position was one where I learned a lot.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThe best and only reason to work there is to serve Veterans!

ConsEveryone knew what we were supposed to be doing, but no one knew how to get the job done. There were plenty of ideas, but no one felt safe to make a mistake. No one was able to feel that there was room for error, though plenty were made.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit hiding things. Speak frankly with one another in management and with other employees too. There needs to be more interactions between upper level managers and the middle managers to feel secure in doing the jobs assigned. Perhaps, you need a whole new facility to make things work better. Shake out the cobwebs of that old building and go somewhere better suited to the work that needs to be done.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Wonderful

Veteran Service Representative (Current Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

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

ProsGreat people to work with and wonderful setting.

ConsGovernment so you are at risk when they have shut downs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Morally right; professionally challenging

Management and Program Analyst (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsA wonderful opportunity to give to those who have given so much to this country. The veterans are generally warm and appreciative of all you do. Plenty of career opportunities if you are in certain jobs; very limited in others.

ConsLeadership is significantly lacking; too many jobs are held by interim staff who do not have,or do not feel they have, authority to make decisions. Supervisors can be specious in their treatment of staff (personal issues are routine). HR staff pre-screens all applications, but lack knowledge of jobs so referrals may not include best qualified.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive subject matter experts more control, eliminate acting positions in favor of establishing leadership roles. Realize that leadership skills gained in military service may be different than those needed in government administrations.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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