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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
502 Reviews

3.2
502 Reviews
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
Eric K. Shinseki
214 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Job stability, great pay, great benefits

    Cons

    There are no cons available , great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    extremely dedicated, compassionate staff. strong, hardworking leaders

    Cons

    there are definite obstacles and bureaucracy that comes with having congress/white house as an oversight body.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Physician Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant  in  Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Asheville, NC

    Pros

    The patient population is the best group of individuals to provide medical service. The benefits given and job security is hard to match in the private work sector. The fact that the retirement package consist of a pension and TSP allows you to dictate how much you will save for retirement.

    Cons

    Leadership is the major challenge. Administrators in the VA compared to the DOD are less helpful and knowledgable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A Good and Rewarding place to work.

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    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant  in  Augusta, ME
    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Augusta, ME

    Pros

    Compensation was great. Working with Veterans is so very rewarding.

    Cons

    At this particular location there was a lot of micromanagement going on. To many cooks at the pot so to speak. Lower level management didn't know what upper level management was doing and the other way around. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let lower management to their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Volunteering at the VA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Manager, Public Affairs  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Manager, Public Affairs in Washington, DC

    Pros

    For anyone who wants to keep their experience sharp, this agency is welcoming to volunteers, and creates opportunities for whatever direction the volunteer wants to grow in. There are opportunities for Continuing Education for professionals, and a stipend for lunch when you work the entire day.

    Cons

    I did not find any negatives when I was volunteering three days weekly for over 12 months. The staff were diverse and welcoming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoyed my experience with the VA Medical Center in Durham, NC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Staff were friendly and I felt I was giving back to those persons who served our country.

    Cons

    Government managed health care is regimented and usually not open to individual interpretation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    RN

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    Current Employee - Staff RN  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    I love my job, wouldnt leave

    Cons

    Some days can have a heavy patent load

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    If feels great to work at a place you can actually contribute to our soldiers, every job counts!

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    Current Employee - VA Work Study Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - VA Work Study Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Knowing you do can have an impact

    Cons

    Leadership, not much will change regardless on how good your perspective or ideas are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You take a change and hope you have a good supervisor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good training, clique staff

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    Former Employee - VALOR Nurse Extern  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - VALOR Nurse Extern in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    As a student you get awesome pay and are given a lot of autonomy. I felt trusted and supported by my preceptor and the unit staff. The patients are overall awesome and it is very rewarding work. I became very comfortable in the nursing role, learning everything from bedside manner to charting.

    Cons

    The staff is uncomfortably cliquey, which is hard for me. The equipment is old. I was extremely uncomfortable working there as I felt like an outsider. Schedule is rough, 6 12 hour shifts and 1 8 hour per pay period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Great pay, upward mobility, noble mission, great benefits

    Cons

    poor management, poor work/life balance, bureaucracy, top heavy, poor training, no flexibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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