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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
598 Reviews
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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
  • A miserable work environment with the threat of being fired hanging over your head constantly (in 22 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Social Work at its BEST!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Worker
    Former Employee - Social Worker

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    One of the great benefits of Social Work is the diversity that the field itself offers. As a Social Worker at the VA you have access to various practice areas. The VA offers medical care and beyond. Its comprehensive care allows social workers to practice in a variety of areas including: Nursing Home, Infectious Disease Clinics, Palliative Care, Oncology,. & Housing for Homeless Vets. Though there is no general Department of Social Services, like most hospitals, the Social Workers have a great rapport amongst each other, often collaborating resources, processing difficult cases and planning various training events.

    Cons

    As you find with many federal positions people often become complacent and aren't as professional and compassionate as they should be, as they feel that their jobs are thoroughly secure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A greater commitment to providing free continuing education and career development. More incentives encouraging staff to go above & beyond. Which in return enhances the quality care that our nation's Veteran's receive.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I accually love my job.

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    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Nash, TN
    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Nash, TN

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    I enjoy my coworkers and patients.

    Cons

    I do not like when upper management delegates work without undersranding the true nature of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff. They aee the ines l istening to the patients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime
    work from home
    good compensation

    Cons

    very structured
    constant change in regulation
    production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the people actually doing the work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful experience and I hope to return to work with them in the future!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great benefits! Competitive pay. Preferment to military vets (guess this could be a con, but I'm a Vet so it's a pro for me!)

    Cons

    Unfortunately, as with most federal government jobs, it's a good ole boys club and sometimes favorites are quite obvious.

  6.  

    Facility planner, management & program analyst in the Office of Facility Planning and Development at VA Palo Alto HCS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Tremendous portfolio of projects; cutting edge, veteran-centered healthcare design; highly motivated leadership

    Cons

    Limited promotion potential; huge beauracacy can be frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great place to work with great people!

    Cons

    None that i had to deal with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great stable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physical Therapist in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Former Employee - Physical Therapist in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement. Stable job.

    Cons

    Political environment. Top down management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more receptive to ideas offered by working force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Was administrator and supervisor for the HVAC shop, at the Veterans Hospital in Philadelphia

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    Former Employee - Administration in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administration in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Stability, pension, promotions, and 12 Hrs. leave time every 2 weeks.

    Cons

    We had training on a regular basis. Not many cons in this position. High stress position. Fast paced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management let me run the shop with out interference. I would make suggestions as needed, for approval, to make a better work environment.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RN Case Manager in Kenosha, WI
    Current Employee - RN Case Manager in Kenosha, WI

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Paid vacation, sick time, retirement plan match

    Cons

    Difficult to get old employees to embrace change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees and find out what they think is wrong and how to get it improved for all parties

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    I like this job a lot.

    Cons

    I have no cons at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved with non clinical operations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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