US Department of Veterans Affairs

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 484 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

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

Eric K. Shinseki

(207 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    A huge waste of tax dollars

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are awesome. Serving veterans. Making a contribution.

    ConsThe huge, ongoing waste of tax dollars. If private sector operated like public sector then all businesses would be totally broke in less than a week.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow some balls. Stop saying yes to everyone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    Good overall.

    Program Specialist (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsWork life Balance. Reasonable pay.

    ConsHaving the necessary tools to do your job effectively.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead from the front.

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

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

    VA Work Study Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsKnowing you do can have an impact

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou take a change and hope you have a good supervisor

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, great learning experience for an entry level position

    Administrative (Current Employee)

    ProsThe culture and work environment are great.

    ConsBudgeting for payment increases is difficult

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I had a overall good experience was like a second home

    Program Support Assistant (Former Employee) Brooklyn, NY

    ProsI enjoyed working with the veterans

    ConsAt the end of my time working there it became less family friebdly

     

    People Sucked

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay and benefits, get to help veterans

    Consthe people that i worked with mainly the upper managemet played favorites and they are just looking out for themselves

    Advice to Senior Managementbe fair and nice

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    Unsupportive bureaucratic culture

    Social Worker (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe best starting salary and above average benefits (except for vacation time) The work is meaningful and the clients are great.

    ConsSocial Workers feel oppressed, disregarded, disempowered and misinformed by unnecessary mid-management. ethics leave much to be desired. Can't tell if middle management is incompetent or just nasty. I hope this is different in other VA locations but will leave as soon as the right job presents itself. I'm sorry
     I let the pay suck me in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage people -- it shouldn't be by fear tactics and negativity. And stop with the impossible to meet metrics. Don't you read/listen to the news?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    It is what you make it...

    Research Health Science Specialist (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsThe benefits are good (as to be expected from working for the Government), there is some flexibility in determining your work hours (tour of duty), the researchers I work with are very passionate about their work, and there seems to be opportunity for personal growth.

    ConsThe infrastructure can be very frustrating. There never seems to be a way to get a straight answer. The answer to organization policy questions vary based on who you ask, which is beyond frustrating.

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    Great Group of People at VA

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsInformation moves very slowly in the government.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more management in order to spend more time for developing employees.

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

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