VA Health

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VA Health Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
96 Reviews
3.3
96 Reviews
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VA Health Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
Eric K. Shinseki
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a good place of employment as well as good benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • There is very good job security, the patients are great (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a lot of red tape to deal with, but that is to be expected working for a government agency (in 6 reviews)

  • management works well over 40 hour work-weeks with no overtime (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucarcy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VA Health

    Pros

    decent benefits, able to help veterans

    Cons

    So much government red tape for everything

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, another poorly managed inefficient federal agency.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Support Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Medical Support Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at VA Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowing that you are helping care for American veterans. Generous sick time and vacation. Commuter vouchers.

    Cons

    Not a meritocracy. Anyone with time in grade can advance. Anyone without time in grade can't. Creates a system whereby people do the minimum to get by and a system whereby people with absolutely no ability to lead end up in middle and upper management positions. Horrible morale. Agency controlled by public union which almost ensures no one can be terminated . . . ever. Little or no communication with management. Hiring driven by affirmative action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start actually managing. Start actually working instead of just collecting your pay check and waiting for your next promotion and pension. Actually challenge the legitimacy of the union and its claims and efforts to protect staff who are actually in the wrong and should probably be terminated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Administrative staff is a major problem

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at VA Health full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits and the chance to help people

    Cons

    The administrative staff can be highly unprofessional to the point of being abusive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to keep an eye on your staff before you lose some really great employees or potentially have a lawsuit on your hands

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice that they have a union for the employees.

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    Current Employee - Medical Supply Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Medical Supply Technician in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at VA Health as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are geared towards helping the veterans. They fight for they employees rights.

    Cons

    They don't pay according to experience more to years employed with government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to recognize employee efforts and contributions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managers at Veterans Administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dialysis in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Dialysis in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at VA Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, personal growth, and work life balance. The VA has many opportunities for their employees. As a manager, I did not have to work from home which increased my work/life balance. The benefits of the Veterans Administration are great. Some of the best for Healthcare.

    Cons

    Managers do not have flexibility in their schedule although they are salaried.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should have flexibility in their schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VA Health

    Pros

    The benefits are great and they pay very well.

    Cons

    Its hard to get into. Very few openings.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    There are many better jobs out there..

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant

    I have been working at VA Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, good job to give back to the veterans who gave so much to us.

    Cons

    Offsite management encourages employees to "goof off". Nepatism and favortism run wild. Seems like bad behavior goes unpunished, which leads to more bad behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The VA needs more leaders and less managers. Nepatism should NOT be allowed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was one of my best experiences working for the V.A. .

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk/Utility in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Clerk/Utility in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at VA Health full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best reasons I think to work for the V.A. are They are very caring people, what is expected of you is fair, and they have standards that they run their program with. Most of all the Center is kept clean.

    Cons

    The challenges of working at the V.A. is caring to much for the Veterans that come through the door, they are the forgotten.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is always someone who knows the trouble you go through daily to serve our Veterans and those would be the people who know you care. Not everyone is going to voice this opinon so others can take notice. Your doing the best job you can do under the circumstances.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Battle Creek, MI
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Battle Creek, MI

    I worked at VA Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits and time off policies.

    Cons

    The commute with gas prices, pay freeze, limited scope of practice for LPNs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Horrible people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Health Technician in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Health Technician in Providence, RI

    I worked at VA Health part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have nothing to say that is positive about my experienced at the VA

    Cons

    I had no one- person to train me. Just a lot of Indians trying to be show offs and tell me what to do.
    Old computer system with out of date programs. Time consuming to used.
    Fellow employees seem to be against new part time help. Maybe because they were worried about losing
    their current time. A lack of loyalty, many workers of my team would spread rumors of one another
    no work ethics for to speak of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do a better job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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