US Department of Veterans Affairs

  www.vacareers.va.gov
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

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

3.2
502 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Volunteering at the VA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Great Group of People at VA

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

    Pros

    People, culture, overall work, and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Information moves very slowly in the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more management in order to spend more time for developing employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is the best job I could have ever asked for.

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

    Pros

    Veteran centered care. Challenging job that changes daily. Excellent co-workers. TSP and company contribution.

    Cons

    leadership attention is not always focused on what the exact issues are because they are not providing the direct care to patients. Benefits are not any better than other places. Seems to have too many leaders and not enough direct care practitioners. Leadership is constantly trying to 'improve' systems but it really just creates confusion and almost always in the end goes back to its original functioning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to save the money from all the trainings and forums they send leadership/management to and let them provide some direct care. If you never actually work with the patients and staff that provide services you don't know how you can be helpful in improving the system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    EXCELLENT.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Resident Engineer  in  San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Resident Engineer in San Juan, PR

    Pros

    The projects of building hospitals and clinics for our veterans is a very rewarding job.

    Cons

    VA Central Office has relegated the technological support of the Resident Engineer Offices to the nearest VA Medical Center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support to the Resident Engineer's Offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries and work your employees to their full potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Patriotic Duty in Federal Service

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging us worker bees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Loved my experience at the VA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

    Some 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for US Department of Veterans Affairs? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.