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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
533 Reviews
3.2
533 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance as overtime typically is frowned upon (in 19 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- little on the high end for premiums but I have 4 children (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • It was clear that it was a hostile work environment from day one (in 17 reviews)

  • The upper management had no idea what was happening in the different departments (in 15 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.

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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
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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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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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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    Department of VA

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Helping veterans
    flexibility based on supervisor

    Cons

    politics
    salaries
    management
    promotions
    consistency of agency
    old school mindsets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    office culture
    promotions

  10.  

    The government has its issues, but their dedicated people here

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    Current Employee - Receptionist  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    Great mission
    Customer oriented
    Work environment was very friendly, and encouraging to Veterans as patients and as employees.
    A true help to your community.

    Cons

    The trails of those whom are your patients can have troubling levels of stress. With suicide, and other issues that will confront on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chin up! the views of the general public does not understand the lengths that you and your team go through to meet the demands of an aging Veteran Population.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Pros

    Job stability, great pay, great benefits

    Cons

    There are no cons available , great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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