US Department of Veterans Affairs

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
598 Reviews
3.2
598 Reviews
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Robert A. McDonald
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Review Highlights

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
  • A miserable work environment with the threat of being fired hanging over your head constantly (in 22 reviews)

  • No real direction or connection from upper management or supervisors (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime
    work from home
    good compensation

    Cons

    very structured
    constant change in regulation
    production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the people actually doing the work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nurse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    We work together and help each other, if one of us has a crisis with a patient the other nurses jump in and help to get the patient to the sicu quickly,

    Cons

    We have a hard time having the right supplies here to take care of the patieints. The equipment may or may not work and money is wasted on trivial things intstead of the things we need to take care fo the veterans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not waste money and hire more nurses and doctor's

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great agency to work for, but there are definitely things that need to be fixed!

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in North Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in North Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great, dedicated, employees that excel at their jobs. Worked with many awesome people who enjoyed what they did.

    Cons

    Lack of funds for training since HR Training Scandal. HR lacks the ability to interpret and implement laws and regulations that affect applicants. There needs to be a more common sense approach to reporting metrics, workload assignments, and providing training to HR employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of paying executives to frequently travel or pay the excessive bonuses to upper management and executives, use the money to properly train staff! If you are not training your HR employees, you will continue to pay for their mistakes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Current employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great mission that you want to support. Coworkers are a great bunch of people. Many coworkers are veterans or spouses of veterans. Government employment so stable position with decent pay, and great quality of life perks. TW friendly.

    Cons

    Unorganized processes and procedures. Old and outdated systems to work with. Leadership is not effective. Redandant reporting of the same data to managers every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Facility planner, management & program analyst in the Office of Facility Planning and Development at VA Palo Alto HCS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Tremendous portfolio of projects; cutting edge, veteran-centered healthcare design; highly motivated leadership

    Cons

    Limited promotion potential; huge beauracacy can be frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I accually love my job.

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    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Nash, TN
    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Nash, TN

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    I enjoy my coworkers and patients.

    Cons

    I do not like when upper management delegates work without undersranding the true nature of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff. They aee the ines l istening to the patients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great place to work with great people!

    Cons

    None that i had to deal with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great stable place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physical Therapist in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Former Employee - Physical Therapist in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement. Stable job.

    Cons

    Political environment. Top down management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more receptive to ideas offered by working force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Social Work at its BEST!

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    Former Employee - Social Worker
    Former Employee - Social Worker

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    One of the great benefits of Social Work is the diversity that the field itself offers. As a Social Worker at the VA you have access to various practice areas. The VA offers medical care and beyond. Its comprehensive care allows social workers to practice in a variety of areas including: Nursing Home, Infectious Disease Clinics, Palliative Care, Oncology,. & Housing for Homeless Vets. Though there is no general Department of Social Services, like most hospitals, the Social Workers have a great rapport amongst each other, often collaborating resources, processing difficult cases and planning various training events.

    Cons

    As you find with many federal positions people often become complacent and aren't as professional and compassionate as they should be, as they feel that their jobs are thoroughly secure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A greater commitment to providing free continuing education and career development. More incentives encouraging staff to go above & beyond. Which in return enhances the quality care that our nation's Veteran's receive.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RN Case Manager in Kenosha, WI
    Current Employee - RN Case Manager in Kenosha, WI

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Paid vacation, sick time, retirement plan match

    Cons

    Difficult to get old employees to embrace change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees and find out what they think is wrong and how to get it improved for all parties

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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