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VA Health Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
107 Reviews
3.4
107 Reviews
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VA Health Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
Eric K. Shinseki
28 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a good place of employment as well as good benefits (in 8 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.  

    good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at VA Health full-time

    Pros

    values are good but promotions are rare.

    Cons

    work-life balance is good and company value is good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    benefits has to be more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Loved working with the veterans

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Nice people, positive work experience, good benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, redundant paperwork, scheduling problemss.

  3.  

    ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in West Roxbury, MA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in West Roxbury, MA

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

    Pros

    good pay, job growth opportunity, good benefits

    Cons

    poor leadership, poor work life balance, always short staffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to front line staff, provider better work life balance, offer compressed tours to all employees where possible, provide more staffing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Vindictive Managers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Administration Specialist in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Medical Administration Specialist in Saint Cloud, MN

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

    Pros

    Serving Veterans made a huge difference and I made some great friends.

    Cons

    Everything else. Managers are vindictive if you don't "fit in" with their expectations. IN the middle of nowhere Minnesota, that normally involves being white, related, married, having kids, and or friends with the SUPs and Managers. They also tend to selectively follow National Directives (Phoenix, anyone?) They enforce whats convenient and ignore what is not. Ask about 1010EC forms for long term care. There are Veterans with $14000 of debt due to those.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and smell the nepotism and the racism. Get your act together please.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Research is done through DMC and Wayne state university

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Good core facilities and animal facility

    Cons

    Administration can be improved much better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Serving those that served.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internist Primary Care Outpatient Clinic
    Current Employee - Internist Primary Care Outpatient Clinic

    I have been working at VA Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    To hear the stories of vets from their active duty days is getting to experience history first hand. Strong primary care capability with continuity care provided in most instances

    Cons

    Administratively ran with focus often not being in line with patient goals. Monopoly mentality too often encountered leading to access issues primarily in specialist community . Fragmented , lack of continuity of care in specialty clinics in most cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Process analysis to improve efficiency. Example is my primary care clinic where I have only one exam room and often one LVN that is to be assisting two providers.Could easily double the number patients seen each day by providing appropriate staffing that facilitate care rather than serve as barriers to accomplish task.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a rewarding experience dealing with veterans and maintaining compliance to policies/procedures.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Hampton, VA

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

    Pros

    Problem solving, going to extra mile

    Cons

    Limited growth in past position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open minded a listen to subordinates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at VA Health (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The polutaion served. evidence based practice, metrics and abilities to advance int he EMR long before any other clinical facility

    Cons

    Politics, inconsistently among facilities, salary delta for similar positions too large in a negatve way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put consistent and sustainable quality processes in place

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Veteran trying to work in the VA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VA Health as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to provide care to veterans

    Cons

    Staff rude to veterans and new employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more veterans who are able to provide excellent customer service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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

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