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
3.4
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  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 (more than an 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.  

    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
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  5.  

    Not even close to being a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Ultrasonographer in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Ultrasonographer in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    The benefits are from the government. Huge stable organization.

    Cons

    Run down dark and dingy facilities with out-dated equipment. The staff seems miserable and not of the highest caliber. A lot of the Dr's seem un-caring, just going through the motions. If you don't smoke or use vulgarity on a regular basis you won't fit in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the facilities and make even the grounds non-smoking. Set some standards of dress and hygiene and curb the raunchy talk amoungst employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Somewhat chaotic...Management could be stronger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    Flexible schedules
    Most people are friendly
    Salary above minimum wage

    Cons

    Supervisors failed to solve staffing problems and issues in reasonable time
    Very little accountability for bad performance
    Hospital holds onto bad employees instead of letting them go
    Felt like good workers go unrecognized, but are given more work to make up for the failings of other employees
    Nepotism in hiring of some positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who the good employees are and give them a reason to stay
    Figure out who the low performing, problematic employees are and get rid of them
    Management should take more control to solve everyday problems that linger on

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk
    Current Employee - Clerk

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    Being able to interact with veterans.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work load can become too much. Sometimes patients get mad with rules beyond anyone's control at the VA but Congress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the staff.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  9.  

    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 an 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
  10.  

    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 an 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
  11.  

    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)

    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

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