US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated May 2, 2015
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Robert A. McDonald
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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. Helpful (11)

    Logistics

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    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.

  2. MEDICAL ASSISTANT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

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

    Pros

    Great for former veterans who are looking to help and be of service. You get to interact and swap stories of previous service tonyour country. It's a beautiful experience.

    Cons

    No cons to me. Just a wonderful place to be if you're into able and disabled veterans.

  3. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice welcoming environment it really feels like a family. Some offices have the ability to adapt their work schedule to their lifestyle. Many of the positions allow frequent telework to help with the work life balance. Everyone seems to really care about their job and providing assistance to veterans.

    Cons

    I ended up with an incompetent manager but I did notice that was not the norm throughout the organization. The particular job I had was extremely redundant data entry.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust your management style to properly fit the complexity of the job/task being performed.

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  5. RN

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The VA has great benefits

    Cons

    The pay scale is somewhat lacking

  6. LVN

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LVN in Waco, TX
    Current Employee - LVN in Waco, TX

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Residents, Residents, Residents, Residents, Residents

    Cons

    management, upper management upper management

    Advice to Management

    utilize the strengths of your staff and get to know them. Don't rely on what has been done for years just because it has been for years and so has your staff.

  7. Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great team and staff, and great departmental support

    Cons

    Bureaucracy due to the governmental institution

  8. Work Study - IRM

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Was a great place to work. Like-minded veterans work hard and achieve goals.

    Cons

    I have no cons to mention.

  9. Resident

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brockton, MA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brockton, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -excellent support staff
    -professional environment
    -great opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    As in all government agencies, excessive bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    none

  10. Helpful (1)

    Dental Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Salary not commission, benefits for retirement are good, Paid sick leave (maternity leave) again the benefits outweigh the pay.

    Cons

    Nobody here really likes to hear what you have to say or takes suggestions on improvement for the quality and care for the veterans seriously. I have written letters to the director. If you are looking for somewhere where you are truly valued and expect to get a bonus at the end of the year because you do everything you are told to do and adapt to anything else they pile on your plate..don't expect anything!..In the end if the more they cut the bonuses for you, the higher the bonus for senior executives will be. Know that for a fact.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. The bottom feeders are the ones who do all the work while upper level management attends luncheons. The people on the lower end of the payscale i.e. sterilization processing should really get paid more for what they do. They are one of the essential reasons we get to see patients. If we don't have clean sterile instruments, then we would be unable to operate and they see to it that every crevice in instruments are sterilized properly for the safety of people (i.e. colonoscopy, endoscopy, etc. )

  11. logistics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Cincinnati, OH

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

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

    Pros

    A career that will be very rewarding helping our nation's veterans. The people here have worked diligently to rebuild public trust. The dedication to our facility's mission statement can be seen throughout each department.

    Cons

    There is resistance to the change, but they're being weeded out.

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