US Department of Veterans Affairs
3.2 of 5 464 reviews
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.2 464 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki

Eric K. Shinseki

(195 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon"
    in 15 reviews
  • "good benefits and well stocked as far as materials and tools"
    in 30 reviews
Cons:
  • "The upper management had no idea what was happening in the different departments"
    in 14 reviews
  • "This creates an interesting work environment"
    in 14 reviews
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    Great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe VA truly believes that their Veterans come first and it shows in their nursing care. Good nurse to patient ratios.

    ConsSome things are redundant and they dummy down a lot of jobs. They could get more out of their employees if they actually put them to use in their full potential. Too many managers. Low pay for the area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaries and work your employees to their full potential.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Patriotic Duty in Federal Service

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOutstanding opportunities for personal development, fantastice benefits, competitive salary, challenging assignments, cutting edge organization in healthcare.

    ConsCentralization is increasing, congressional oversight can be stifling, red tape can be frustrating,

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep encouraging us worker bees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved my experience at the VA

    Clerk (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsExcellent opportunity to learn, opportunities for career advancement, co-workers were helpful and team oriented. Managers offer guidance and allow for work family balance, public transportation, ride sharing are rewarded and encouraged.

    ConsSome of the managers were tough to work for. At times the work is repetitious and tedious but it's to be expected, I guess, with the position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Potential for social workers

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Lyons, NJ

    ProsHigh salary for social workers, great benefits, job security, benefits, relocation potential (basically any where in the world where there is a military base)

    ConsGetting a job after the internship has ended even if you were a stellar intern

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rating Veterans Service Representative (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros-You are positively impacting the lives of Veterans
    -Everyday is different because you are working on a cases of a different Veterans each day.
    -Challenging job as you are evaluated on quality and production

    Cons-Mandatory overtime
    -You must go through GS-10 before reaching GS-11

    Advice to Senior Management-Have more understanding about production standards as job can be stressful; especially with new computer systems

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful i loved working with fellow vets.

    Certified Nursing Assistant (Former Employee)
    Memphis, TN

    ProsGreat team experiences and upward mobility.

    ConsTo many bad managers they need to hire more Vets and DOD ex employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more Vets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best place to work

    Medical Support Assistant (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsWorking with Veterans
    Flexibile work hours
    Paid Vacation

    ConsWorking with civiilians
    Some lazy civilian employees

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    Speech Pathologist (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsThe ability to spend the necessary amount of time, not a required amount of time with a client is refreshing and effective.

    ConsUnfortunately communication between medical professionals is not as efficient as it could be to enable timely care management for Veterans.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease efficiency in the consultation process.

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    Excellent Organization to work for and also an Honor serving Veterans

    Staff RN (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsBenefits, time-off, if your in the military part-time you receive 120hrs/year while you go away to train, TSP matches up to 5%, pay is great, you only need 1 license to work at any VA in the US.

    ConsHR can be a long process at times to get hired or transferred

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    Step above customer satisfaction

    Veteran Service Representative (Current Employee)
    Tarpon Springs, FL

    ProsSome people that you get to help you as a veteran go above and beyond what they normally should do. Nothing better than an association for veterans by veterans

    ConsAgain, its the people that you get. Some will help others do the bare minimum to get through the day

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo an internal audit here or there, people running your clinic say the front desk are extremely unhelpful

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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