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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
525 Reviews
3.2
525 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Benefits, PTO, "one and done" - as in you're not going anywhere unless you do something extremely stupid.

    Cons

    Micromanaged, too many people with limited job functions coasting their career away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the large discrepancy between employees that are there to just cash a check and those that are truly elite talents.

  2.  

    Most of my years at the VA were amazing because the patients were very appreciative.

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    Former Employee - Nurse  in  Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Nurse in Syracuse, NY

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The VA have really great benefits and they also offer competitive pay.

    Cons

    You could never get to know everyone because of its size

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to be a great boss and have your employees work really hard for you, you must respect and appreciate them. You must also be fair to everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    new employee

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    Current Employee - Staff RN  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Most of the staff is friendly and helpfull. Patients are veterans so sometimes they are joy to work with at other times, a lot of patience is needed. I work here PRN and the way it works is awsome, I call and tell them what days I am available for the week and go in on those days. I am rarely called off and always done in plenty of time.

    Cons

    The hiring process took forever! I also think they hire "unfairly" you have to know someone. You can have 10 years of experience and be an awsome nurse, veteran, disabled and yet they will hire a new grad, non-vet, not disabled over and over again ahead of you. Also their computer charting is quite old and takes a lot of time away from direct patient care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see management re-evaluate how they hire people and what criteria they look at. I think a lot of nurses who are well qualified are being passed over for less qualified nurses because of personal preferences.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I like working here!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with veterans, Great pay, Great benefits

    Cons

    Work schedule is all over the place including multiple weekends in a row!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please reward hard workers and limit favoritism.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Project manager OIT

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stable job invironment with good benifits. Advancement is availble with steady growth throughout your career.

    Cons

    The environment is not very exciting. The bureaucracy can become tiresome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits but little room for growth

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Syracuse, NY

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

    Pros

    Health care benefits, retirement benefits, job security and set salary. Everyone has access to their salaries and has the ability to see what they will make years from now. Vacation time accrues pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Seniority issues. Everything is determined by seniority- vacations get determined by whoever chooses their weeks first. Also, past military experience counts; for example, if you've been at the VA for five years, and someone gets hired in your department with ten years of military experience, they automatically are considered more senior than you. Time off usually isn't difficult except in situations like this: if your more senior co-workers wish to take the same weeks off each year, you won't be able to take those off unless you negotiate with them. The other problem with the VA is that veterans now get preference no matter what when applying for jobs within the agency. If you are equipped for a job but a veteran also applies (even with less experience), the veteran has to be hired over you. Good for the vet, not for the civilian.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry more about the satisfaction of your workers and your customers/patients than crunching numbers. We all recognize and feel the strain of budget cuts but it is worth the extra expense to ensure patient safety and satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I really enjoy working with Veterans Affairs, I have the chance of helping our veterans.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working from 9 to 5. No weekends but some holidays.

    Cons

    The salary could be better, but it is a work in progress so we are told.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel Management should have training on all levels of the job. Stop being defensive when questions or issues are addressed from employees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Low morale, lazy workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Serving veterans, supportive team members

    Cons

    Culture created by senior leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require more of yourselves and all employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not the worst place to work

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    Current Employee - Medical Technologist  in  Loma Linda, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Loma Linda, CA

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

    Pros

    Job security is always nice.

    Cons

    No incentive to do more than the minimum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My first 6 years were great. I would give them a 4 or even a 5, but the last year was a 0.

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    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant  in  Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant in Manchester, NH

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

    Pros

    The government has great benenfits and pays well. Be aware, however, that each departmet is one of its own. It is liek they are a separate company.

    Cons

    There is a lot of favoritism at the VA. People who should be chastized, are not and the ones who are doing a great job are. It is really not a fair place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all your employees the same no matter if they are your friends or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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