VA Puget Sound Health Care System

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VA Puget Sound Health Care System Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
15 Reviews
3.5
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    good working environment

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    Current Employee - Emergency Medicine PA  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Emergency Medicine PA in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    lots of support staff, learning environment

    Cons

    limited womens health, no children

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Does Not Reward Good Work Ethic, Encourages Laziness and Sub-par Employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great flexibility and relationship with Supervisor at least in my position

    Cons

    The HR process is painfully slow. Took 6 months to get hired and has taken 5 months to receive a promotion to a new job 2 desks over. Encourages young, talented people to get fed-up and move on to private companies, encourages older employees, many of which are lazy and are set in their ways to stay at the VA until retirement. No risk of getting fired or even reprimanded for doing a poor job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Food Service Worker

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    Former Employee - Food Service Worker  in  Dublin, GA
    Former Employee - Food Service Worker in Dublin, GA

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a great place to work at

    Cons

    Need to pay the NA workers more money

    Recommends
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  5.  

    It was enriching and very thought provoking, just to be there with other veterans especially those who have accomplished

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    Current Employee - CWT Comoensated Work Therapy  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - CWT Comoensated Work Therapy in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with the veterans that served in different wars

    Cons

    I really didn't have anything bad to say other than they have a lot more work to do for the vets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to listen to the voices of heroes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I worked with a lot of good people.

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    Former Employee - Research Biologist  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Biologist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The parking used to be a Pro but not anymore.

    Cons

    Since this job is grant supported it is difficult to get funding these days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work!!!

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    Current Employee - Visual Information Specialist  in  Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Visual Information Specialist in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    The pay is great, the benefits are even better, and working for Veterans makes a person feel good at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Most employees have been here for years. Almost everyone knows everyone else. A new person can find it difficult to integrate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I personally feel they need to embrace change and technology more. Healthcare is a fast paced environment. Change is inevitable.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A fair assessment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, LA

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    The benefits are better than private sector employers. The insurance is decent, the pay is consistent, but the management is horrible. I think too many kneejerk reactions are exercised, due to the lack of proper planning.

    Cons

    The level of education isn't stressed as much as in the private sector - typically diminishing the potential for productivity and effective leadership. I understand that even people with specialized education aren't all the best; however, the experience combined with the education is a better foundation for one to contribute effectively to an organization. The "good ole boy" system is employed entirely too much in the federal sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage in training and continuing education to stay abroad of current business practices.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    This is not a good place to work until you have been with the VA for at LEAST 5 years and have some seniority.

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    Current Employee - Nurse  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Nurse in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    The health benefits, retirement and vacation/sick time.

    Cons

    The unsafe neighborhood you have to walk through to just get to work. You are not allowed to park in the VA parking garage but rather a public parking garage 3 blocks away that YOU have to PAY $40 a month to park there and then take your life into your own hands to walk through the "hood". I actually have started carrying pepper spray. Not to mention the rain, sleet, snow.....etc.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do their own jobs and stop delegating everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    There are better organizations to work with

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    The best part of working there is that you can pay your bills while looking for another job.

    Cons

    There are numerous hassles working at the VA. Even getting to work is difficult. The parking is bad and it rolls down hill from there. Even if you never work with patient data you are under demands to protect your data on computers. Wasteful retraining is required for irrelevant material. As a researcher in the biological sciences if found it cumbersome to work under rules designed for medical workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really didn't deal with them. I would generally say that there are huge bureaucracies between people that work there and the senior management. A typical government agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    not perfect, but pretty good

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    to build clinical skills and take care of patients in a system that is continuously improving and without the interface of insurance problems of the private sector

    Cons

    government beurocracy
    older managers who are not using best practices to motivate employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this is advice for nursing management at this VA:
    support your employees
    avoid the top-down management style that you currently use (my way or the highway)
    listen to suggestions and grievances

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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