US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

  2. TeleHealth

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    Current Employee - TeleHealth Care Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - TeleHealth Care Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility and office based, not stressful

    Cons

    Can be slow paced if you are used to more face to face interaction as you rarely see your patients or other people.

  3. Workstudy program.

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    Current Employee - VA Work Study Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - VA Work Study Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a good program and helps veterans get extra money

    Cons

    sometimes pay doesn't come at the same time.

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  5. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Pay. Good starting experience.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in staff.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Working at the VAMC

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Falls Church, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation and time off, loan repayment

    Cons

    The veterans feel they are owed the world

    Advice to Management

    Get friends outside the VAMC and do not trust anyone. Federal employees are a trip

  7. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable. It's nearly impossible to be fired.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Enroll in basic management courses

  8. It is a rewarding experience for a 10 week summer internship.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The project is independent and challenging. You have the right to choose your project.

    Cons

    The preparations and political procedures before starting the project wasted too much time. It is a volunteer internship.

    Advice to Management

    It should not be that complicated for interns before working on the project.

  9. Media production

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    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

    Great work love working there

    Cons

    New so haven't seen much yet

    Advice to Management

    None

  10. Enjoy working with veterans.

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    Current Employee - Healthcare in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Healthcare in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with veterans. Ability to provide more services/equipment than the private sector.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Too much emphasis on red tape. Rigid salary scale; not competitive with private sector with limited room for advancement as upper level positions aren't available until someone retires.

    Advice to Management

    Many of the veterans I see report positive experiences with the VA. Continue to focus on the positives by improving care, funding for equipment versus the current media storm revolving around a few bad apples.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Worst mistake of my life!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Decent money for doing a lot of nothing.

    Cons

    The Union, AFGE drives racism at the Cincinnati VA. It drives racism.
    Fraud/Waste/Abuse, how is this acceptable to our nations sons and daughters.
    Substandard "entitled" employees who have been riding the government gravy train way too long.
    Process to get the job was a painful 9 months. Save yourself and look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Would love to see some VA employees survive in the civilian workforce where accountability matters (productivity). Shut the doors and let the Veterans be seen at the facility of their choice.

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