US Department of Veterans Affairs

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
554 Reviews
3.2
554 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
  • 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.  

    Good Organization, But Can Be Chaotic If You Are New

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Excellent Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The VA has great pay, phenomenal benefits, independent HR, standardized process for hiring and promotion, much room for growth.

    Cons

    lots of paperwork and trainings (but that's actually a good thing)!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Salaries are very low for health care clinicians

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Serve the veterans ! As a veteran myself, it is an honor to serve other veterans

    Cons

    Low salaries!, be prepared to have a significant cut in your salary (compared to private Practice) if u are a health care clinician, u will make approx 10k-20k less if u are a RN, NP, PA, PT, RT etc, worse if u are any type of medical doctor; even with the proposed salaries increase for doctors and dentist, by congress, still not nearly as competitive as in private facilities or practice.
    The VA will continue to have a difficult time recruiting and retaining quality personnel.
    It was also once thought that, the benefits were better than pvt organizations, but really no longer as other organization are now offering good benefits packages, including yearly bonuses, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make salaries more competitive,

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  5.  

    Great job, great people and great patients

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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

    benefits, veteran patients and people that you work with.

    Cons

    not really any that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Decent MSSW internship.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MSSW in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - MSSW in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Internship pays. Pushes you ahead of others if you want to return to work there eventually.

    Cons

    Some unprofessional colleagues. Very little clinical time. If you want to get your LCSW plan to spend 4-5 year accumulating hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow up with students and help them navigate the hiring process if they want to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Clarksville, TN
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Clarksville, TN

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

    Pros

    Everything is great and wonderful

    Cons

    Nothing all is great and wonderful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Dietetic Intern

    Current Employee - Dietetic Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Dietetic Intern in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Excellent medical center for dietetic interns to complete their internship. Knowledgeable staff, plus the rewarding job of being able to work with Veterans makes it an incredible internship. I would recommend the Cleveland VA Medical Center internship to every future intern.

    Cons

    I have no cons about the VA.

  9.  

    Work on Federal Grants

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The ability to speak with Senators, Congress personal, Governors, city council personal, and county officials on creating jobs, improving Veterans services, and better their life after their military service.

    Cons

    Getting use of the Navy removing furniture out of the room without your notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to keep hiring college graduates for their positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Improving the lives of America's veterans

    Cons

    There are not any cons to this job

    Recommends
  11.  

    Excellent Work Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst
    Former Employee - Program Analyst

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as a contractor (less than an 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

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