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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
631 Reviews
3.2
631 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    VA staff are heroes to many Veterans

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    (Sarasota, Florida, VA Clinic) Fantastic union representation, no forced overtime, whistle blower protection, great camaraderie, pension, a lot of internal job openings, generous time off, and many friendships are made.

    Cons

    The public doesn't appreciate the cutting edge technology offered by the VA. Also, people generalize that a problem in one VA is likely to be found at all VA facilities. Most people don't know that VA doctors and nurses are also working at top hospitals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing opportunity to serve those who served!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Pros

    I report to work each morning knowing that I am providing a much needed service to our nations military veterans.

    Cons

    Too few social work positions are listed as GS-9/11/12, that would allow for promotion within current position once licensed, which would increase position retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make social work positions GS-9/11/12 to increase position retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mental Health in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Mental Health in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Set hours, salaried, reward work with Veterans

    Cons

    Working in bureaucratic system can be challenging

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  5.  

    I am there to do everything I can for the veteran

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Telehealth Assistant in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Administrative Telehealth Assistant in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    Working with and for the veterans who have given so much for us. Stability, good retirement.

    Cons

    Sometimes the red-tape attitude gets in the way of what is best for all persons involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, trust them to do their job, give praise when applicable.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Working for the man

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great hours, great salary and great potential to progress if you don't mind moving.

    Cons

    Having to move to progress and hoarding of information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send all techs to ITIL training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Care for those who served us.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Professional environment. All personnel extremely dedicated to care for the Veterans

    Cons

    There are no cons found

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Research Coordinator Position

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    positive work environment, flexible, self-scheduled, every-changing

    Cons

    No cons to cite as of now.

  9.  

    I enjoyed my time at the VA and felt like I was contributing to a good cause taking care of veterans.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Primary Care Physician in Fayetteville, AR
    Former Employee - Primary Care Physician in Fayetteville, AR

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Almost all of my patients followed medical directions, appreciated the care they received, and recommended our VA hospital to their veteran friends.

    Cons

    We had a fairly heavy patient load and the medical records system took a lot of extra time. Virtually all employees made certain that they were out the door at the 4:30 quitting time. I found many patients were on high doses of narcotics and there was little encouragement to try to lower the doses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    As a Nurse I am proud to be serving the U.S. Veteran and working for the VAMC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Working with the veterans has been a rewarding experience for me. When I started working for the VA I thought I understood the dynamics of PTSD, TBI. Depression, substance abuse. But I was wrong....my learning had only just begun.

    This is where I listened and my advanced practice skills developed.

    Cons

    Changes can be slow. The hiring process can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great residency

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    supportive staff
    friendly working environment
    flexibility
    different procedures

    Cons

    minimal bridge work
    no coresident
    psych patient

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