US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated July 25, 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
  • This creates an interesting work environment (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management is often less capable than mid management in terms of leadership vision and direction (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    The VA is a great place to work with the best mission on the planet - caring for our Veterans!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Healthcare Recruiter in Leavenworth, KS
    Current Employee - Healthcare Recruiter in Leavenworth, KS

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable work environment, government employment, work-life balance, exceptional pay & benefits, salary growth, the mission.

    Cons

    Bureacratic, inefficiency, pockets of low performing government employees with a lack of focus on the mission or results and a fixation on inept processes, automatic pay increases, robust union presence,

    Advice to Management

    Tie income to performance, allow more telework and flexible work schedules, adopt a "results oriented work environment," improve suggestion program, utilize performance metrics in more non-clinical professions, increase systesm redesign efforts,


  2. Very intensive and detail oriented

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is an honor to serve our Veterans. There is so much to learn in all things government. Most of the employees are veterans themselves and as a veteran myself it its nice to be surrounded by people who care and understand how important it is to take care of our veterans.

    Cons

    Working in a cubicle can get old real quick unless you do not mind being in front of a computer screen all day.

    Advice to Management

    More application training and less legal training.


  3. great place tO wOrk

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    super chill and hella innOvative

    Cons

    pOlitics yOU always have tO deal with

    Advice to Management

    can yOu please coNsider mORE tea in the break rOOm? I dON't drink cOffee


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The most eye opening and rewarding jobs I've had.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Officer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Officer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    What could be better than giving back to those who fought for our country and freedom? VA has been rewarding to me both personally and professionally. I have really opened by eyes to a lot of behind-the-scenes to our country's most valuable people, Veterans and Servicemembers. I have been afforded great opportunity to learn, grow and do what makes me happy with the VA.

    Cons

    There should be a way to move up to higher jobs when you have the skill set and knowledge to do so but certain limitations make this a challenge, however, it definitely builds character to work your way up and work hard to get there.


  6. Denver VAMC Serving those who served

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Security, serving Veterans, great c-workers

    Cons

    Beauacracy, angry patients, stress, reactionary

    Advice to Management

    Take a breath, think, then react. Not the other way around.


  7. Great mission supporting our nations Veterans

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    steady, secure pay, and benefits. Defined pension and TSP

    Cons

    low pay, run like military, very strict. Medical insurance is very expensive

    Advice to Management

    Hire more veterans


  8. It's wonderful to go to work each day knowing that you're making a difference for our nation's Veterans.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Integration and QA Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Content Integration and QA Coordinator in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive work environment where hard work is appreciated.

    Cons

    Little possibility of being let go, therefore, a disproportionate number of less enthusiastic workers.


  9. A Great Opportunity to make a difference.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New Orleans, LA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A never ending chance to improve something.

    Cons

    It take persistence to achieve objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Less micro-management of the small stuff and more oversight of upper management.


  10. This has been the best job I have ever had the privilege to enjoy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Portland, OR

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the job security and the annual raises. I really appreciate being able to give back to veterans that I serve. As a veteran myself, I have been served well by the VA and now I have the opportunity to provide service to other veterans. I have great hours, great co-workers, and great leadership in the higher echelons.

    Cons

    The downside to working at the VA are minimal. The opportunity for upward movement is limited because people tend to remain in the VA for a long time. Therefore, being able to take a supervisor's position once they leave comes only once in a while. Also, there is a lot of competition for these coveted positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you've been doing. Small changes make a big difference.


  11. Small VA Hospital with a Big Heart

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Nurse in Fayetteville, AR
    Former Employee - Staff Nurse in Fayetteville, AR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The VA hospital in Fayetteville, AR is the hub for veteran's care for northwest Arkansas, northeastern Oklahoma, and southwestern Missouri. Employees are committed to providing the best possible care they can for the veteran. "The veteran comes first" is more than a motto. The campus is beautiful; the people are friendly. It's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Because of the nature of a bureaucracy, needed change is sometimes slow in coming. I was advised during my employment interview that this is the case. The management does the best they can to rectify problems and create a good atmosphere for both the employees and the veterans and their families.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and value the employees who go above and beyond.



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