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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
525 Reviews
3.2
525 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon (in 18 reviews)

  • The VA has good pay, good benefits and opportunities for training (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • It was clear that it was a hostile work environment from day one (in 16 reviews)

  • The upper management had no idea what was happening in the different departments (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

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

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    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
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  5.  

    Working for Veterans

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    • 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
  6.  

    Great

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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 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
  7.  

    The government has its issues, but their dedicated people here

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    Current Employee - Receptionist  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    Great mission
    Customer oriented
    Work environment was very friendly, and encouraging to Veterans as patients and as employees.
    A true help to your community.

    Cons

    The trails of those whom are your patients can have troubling levels of stress. With suicide, and other issues that will confront on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chin up! the views of the general public does not understand the lengths that you and your team go through to meet the demands of an aging Veteran Population.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A good foot in the door

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    Current Employee - Medical Reimbursement Technician  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Medical Reimbursement Technician in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    This is a a good starter job to get in the door. Just a little bit of experience or education will get you in. They have great benefits and work hours (flex).

    Cons

    The pay is very low but so is the responsibility. It is cubicle life if you can handle it. Also, after the first six months you must meet productivity numbers. There is room for advancement but it is a slow climb.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    OK overall

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    Current Employee - Voucher Examiner
    Current Employee - Voucher Examiner

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

    Pros

    It is a diverse place to work.

    Cons

    Education is undervalued and not taken seriously.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful opportunity to serve our country's veterans.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Mission is second to none. Flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Largely influenced by Congressional whims.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great benefits but little room for growth

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Syracuse, NY

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

    Pros

    Health care benefits, retirement benefits, job security and set salary. Everyone has access to their salaries and has the ability to see what they will make years from now. Vacation time accrues pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Seniority issues. Everything is determined by seniority- vacations get determined by whoever chooses their weeks first. Also, past military experience counts; for example, if you've been at the VA for five years, and someone gets hired in your department with ten years of military experience, they automatically are considered more senior than you. Time off usually isn't difficult except in situations like this: if your more senior co-workers wish to take the same weeks off each year, you won't be able to take those off unless you negotiate with them. The other problem with the VA is that veterans now get preference no matter what when applying for jobs within the agency. If you are equipped for a job but a veteran also applies (even with less experience), the veteran has to be hired over you. Good for the vet, not for the civilian.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry more about the satisfaction of your workers and your customers/patients than crunching numbers. We all recognize and feel the strain of budget cuts but it is worth the extra expense to ensure patient safety and satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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