US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated April 26, 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 (7)

    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. Good experience

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    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

  3. 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.

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  5. logistics

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    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.

  6. Medical Support Assistant

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    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with veterans, relationship with co-workers, great home/work balance, ability to grow, very supportive working environment, overall great place to work

    Cons

    I had to leave to start an internship with the hopes of getting hired again, I would say a con would be how long it takes to get hired into a position

    Advice to Management

    Increase the rate of hiring personnel to prevent worker burn out

  7. Medical Support Assissant

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    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good job love it

    Cons

    long process to get hired!

  8. Helpful (1)

    Dental Assistant

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    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. )

  9. I started working as a VALOR student (really enjoyed it) and have been offered a full-time position!

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    28 days of vacation and 16 days of sick time is very nice; I also really like the family insurance, 4% of matching 401K and the pension.

    Cons

    I haven't really worked long enough to see the bad stuff associated with the VA, although I am sure there is something

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Pharmacy Technician in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Supervisory Pharmacy Technician in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great and if you show up to work you will always have a job with good pay.

    Cons

    Some of the people that work there are lazy and don't to really work, They just like the pay rate.

    Advice to Management

    To monitor all the employees and try to find out who are actually doing the work and let the one who not go.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Registered Nurse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Government Benefits, room for growth

    Cons

    Pay, hiring process, some employees are rude and think evade they have a military background they are superior to civilian employees

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