US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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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
  • This creates an interesting work environment (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management is often less capable than mid management in terms of leadership vision and direction (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (64)

    Logistics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics
    Current Employee - Logistics

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I came from the private sector where it is all about fattening someone's pockets while you work work work. I'll never go back to that. This job is fulfilling because you get to help our nation's hero's. Nothing can compete with this vacation policy, I have more time off than I'll ever use. If you enjoy helping others and not helping your CEO get his 4th vacation home, you'll like this place. Oh and the insurance and retirement are outstanding.

    Cons

    It is true about what you hear about Government employees. Just don't fall into that loop and you'll be happy. Don't let other peoples' negativity get you down, because when you look at these Veterans and realize what they went through, the piddly arguing goes out the window.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 16, 2015Department of Veterans Affairs Employee

    Thank you for sharing your experience! It is invaluable to hear directly from VA employees. I agree that the absolute best part of a career at VA is the ability to help our Nation’s Veterans, and I ... More


  2. VA Paychologist (Management)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, quality of colleagues, commitment to veterans & taking action on identified problems with organization. CE training great.

    Cons

    Systems issues, resources, politics, constant audits


  3. They know how to take care of the most needy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated job for those who are blessed and are very grateful for employment

    Cons

    Back log systems need updating, workers need more empathy and sympathy of our veterans

    Advice to Management

    Do more section reviews, and update with employees on their tasks at hand


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Just Don't

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    Veterans are wonderful and appreciative of the work you do. Well paying job.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about the Veterans or the staff. They thrive on creating drama and setting employees up.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Taking care of our countries veterans.

    Cons

    There is a military culture that some may not understand


  7. new VSR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Working to help veterans get what they earned.

    Cons

    Long drive to Nashville but other than that everything is good so far.


  8. Veteran Service Representative

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    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's easy work, good benefits (especially if you are in the Guard or a Veteran), flexible schedule, room for advancement and majority of people are pretty great to work with.

    Cons

    Typical government politics, work is too easy, not a whole lot of reward for working harder than your peers and comparatively low wages

    Advice to Management

    Reward people who want to work hard and do what you can to cut through all the government BS. However, mostly, we have good management. Our new director seems like he is really going to take our center in the right direction and our Secretary is very progressive.


  9. Helpful (1)

    VA Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great learning environment. There is always opportunities to continue your education.

    Cons

    Policies are always changing which can be confusing.


  10. Veterans claims assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very reliable job with steady work.

    Cons

    Work can be very dry and little opportunity to advance up.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Prosthtics

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    Former Employee - Prosthetic Clerk in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Prosthetic Clerk in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

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

    Pros

    The benefits were good, The pay was promising.

    Cons

    The position was extremely stressful. I felt the employee I had to work with was a serious back stabber. Alway's running back to my supervisor reporting everything that went wrong with the front office. Supervisor had unrealistic expectations of how the front desk should be run.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting a positive outcome from an impossible situation. Stop assigning too many people to train someone.



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