VA Puget Sound Health Care System

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VA Puget Sound Health Care System Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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  1. 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. 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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great place to work at

    Cons

    Need to pay the NA workers more money


  3. 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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  5. 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  7. 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    Upper management needs to listen to the voices of heroes


  8. 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of support staff, learning environment

    Cons

    limited womens health, no children

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. VA Puget Sound Health System

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    Former Employee - Advance Medical Support Assistant in South Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Advance Medical Support Assistant in South Seattle, WA

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of improvements are occurring to better serve our Vets. - Leadership in some service lines are really doing their best to make the workplace better. - Job security. - Average to good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    - Too many unsatisfactory employees who seemly cannot be fired or laid off for whatever reason. These employees have poor customer service and shoddy work quality and they are what's bringing turmoil to the VA. It makes other people's jobs much harder to perform because they cannot carry their own weight. - Favoritism - Minimal upward advancements

    Advice to Management

    - Remove shoddy employees and hire new employees who understand that they actually have to work to keep their pay and job. - Hire enough people to share the workload. - Retrain management on many processes and procedures that should be performed according to policies and procedures, rather than for convenience.


  10. Great pay and benefits if you can tolerate the boredom and mediocrity

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are unmatched by private sector

    Cons

    culture of mediocrity is tolerated and encouraged, making waves or working too hard often backfires

    Advice to Management

    Stop counting the days until retirement and start looking for ways to improve morale and culture around here


  11. Helpful (1)

    VA - a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

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

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    The Dietetic Internship is strong, and has a great reputation. I thought when I was coming in that it would be an amazing and challenging year, but it really turned out to just be challenging.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lots of frustrations and being treated like a kid by some of the higher ups. I though that this would be a place where I would make great connections, and I did connect with some of the medical staff and other interns, but overall, the RDs treated us condescendingly, which was really awful.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make the interns feel more welcome so we will come work for you! Almost none of us ever wanted to see that place again.



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