US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated April 1, 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
  • 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 way to get experience, but highly unethical senior executives and below average pay.

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    To actually get good work experience and to fulfill the mission of helping veterans

    Cons

    Being in the middle of various and often different political battles: The politics of a small office, the regional office, the headquarters, and the executive and congressional branches of the federal government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent, ethical, and take responsibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. I like working here.

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    Current Employee - Medical Supply Technician in Cleveland, VA
    Current Employee - Medical Supply Technician in Cleveland, VA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good oppurtunities for advancement, good pay, and nice people

    Cons

    There is no cons working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. great to serve veterans. if you can survive the hostile/high pressure environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    helping Veterans and their families

    Cons

    senior management is usually too disengaged/non-supportive. asking questions or offering suggestions only gets you in trouble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start REALLY caring about Veterans, their families, and the staff you have that are taking care of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Nursing Work-Study Student

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    Current Employee - VA Work Study Employee in Erie, PA
    Current Employee - VA Work Study Employee in Erie, PA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very kind and most are willing to educate you on their specialties. I've had the opportunity to shadow many nursing positions through out the facility and have learned quite a bit from all of them.

    Cons

    There is a lot of protocols to follow and because of that I am only able to shadow the nurses, cannot have direct patient care experience. I have been able to hands on help with different projects though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being welcoming to students and fostering a positive environment. It makes a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Current Employee - Work at Veterans Benefits Administration

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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

    The pay is very good for a very unfulfilling and monotonous job. The health benefits are very good and we receive a fair amount of vacation time.

    Cons

    This would take a very large amount of disc space. If sitting in a cubicle, staring at a screen is your cup of tea - this is nirvana. We are approaching 5 years of mandatory overtime - My work hours with OT are 6 am to 330pm. Some Saturdays are also necessary to fulfill overtime requirements. If merit promotions and job satisfaction are important to you, you'd be better served at a morgue - at least the dead aren't counterproductive. The CBO recently released a study showing that federal pay and promotions are inversely proportional to education and experience. This is absolutely true, so if uneducated, unskilled persons making $50,000 per year more than you is a negative - you should remain in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take early retirement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    the flexibility is a pro.

    Cons

    managment is the biggest con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    The VA has the lowest employee satisfaction of all other government agencies except the Dept of Homeland Security.

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, generally, a pension program, and nice options for health care choices.

    Cons

    They micromanage, and fail to actually support 'the mission' as stated because people who make the choices at the top have no clue how to do the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging, and allow the workers to find the best solutions. They will do a far better job, with higher job satisfaction, and as a result, better productivity and outcomes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Registered Nurse

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Pay. Good starting experience.

    Cons

    Bad hours. Employees call out a lot. Management not involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved in staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Great experience in the Federal world

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Promote from within, total Job Satisfaction working with/for Vets, Holidays off (or 1.5 pay), flexible hours, Annual+Sick Leave.

    Cons

    Office politics come into play here. Don't get involved if you don't want to be a part of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Stay away from government work, unless you have an IQ of 0

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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

    Stable. It's nearly impossible to be fired.

    Cons

    Poor/lack of management, no accountability, lazy coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enroll in basic management courses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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