US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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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. VA post-doctoral fellowship review

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

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

    Pros

    higher salary (compared to other postdoctoral fellowships)
    Excellent mentorship
    Intelligent, motivated, career oriented coworkers
    Intellectually stimulating, collaborative work environment
    Opportunities for career advancement
    Opportunities to do important and fulfilling work
    Caring and supportive atmosphere
    Dedicated employees and Veterans

    Cons

    Strict hours/lack of flexibility (Tour of Duty)
    Many bureaucratic obstacles, especially in the first few months
    Physical work environment at some VAs is run-down and out of date


  2. VA Paychologist (Management)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, quality of colleagues, commitment to veterans & taking action on identified problems with organization. CE training great.

    Cons

    Systems issues, resources, politics, constant audits


  3. VA Canteen

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time

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

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people I know.

    Cons

    It's hard to get fired even if you're a bad employee.

    Advice to Management

    When someone does something wrong repeatedly they need fired. It's not fair to the people who do right.


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  5. Poor Senior Leadership

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership varies from department to department, job security

    Cons

    Senior leadership is so far removed from the care of veterans that they have forgotten what they are supposed to be doing there.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with the veterans and employees, get out of your office and look around you will get more useful information there than on your excel spreadsheets. Chiefs particularly.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Don't Do It!!

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

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of free time since nothing works and the culture prevents any real change from occurring.

    Cons

    Giant fluorescent tomb, most inefficient organization i've ever worked for, mediocre managers, horrid senior management. Just don't do it...save yourself!


  7. Nuclear Medicine

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    light work-load, patients are great

    Cons

    Pay & staff. Pay is a joke and so are the "more experienced" staff.


  8. They know how to take care of the most needy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

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

    Pros

    Dedicated job for those who are blessed and are very grateful for employment

    Cons

    Back log systems need updating, workers need more empathy and sympathy of our veterans

    Advice to Management

    Do more section reviews, and update with employees on their tasks at hand


  9. Medical Support Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Paid Holidays
    Friendly environment
    Loved my supervisor
    Worked as a team

    Cons

    No cons. Wish I was didn't let the job go After college


  10. Veteran Service Representative

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

    Pros

    It's easy work, good benefits (especially if you are in the Guard or a Veteran), flexible schedule, room for advancement and majority of people are pretty great to work with.

    Cons

    Typical government politics, work is too easy, not a whole lot of reward for working harder than your peers and comparatively low wages

    Advice to Management

    Reward people who want to work hard and do what you can to cut through all the government BS. However, mostly, we have good management. Our new director seems like he is really going to take our center in the right direction and our Secretary is very progressive.


  11. Lots of potential

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

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, and job security.

    Cons

    Plenty of room for improvement and positive growth as far as morale and employee/supervisor relations go.



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