Veterans Medical Center
3.4 of 5 14 reviews
www.puget-sound.med.va.gov Seattle, WA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jan 13, 2014

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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good working environment

Emergency Medicine PA (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at Veterans Medical Center full-time for less than a year

Proslots of support staff, learning environment

Conslimited womens health, no children

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Food Service Worker (Former Employee)
Dublin, GA

I worked at Veterans Medical Center full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIt's a great place to work at

ConsNeed to pay the NA workers more money

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

CWT Comoensated Work Therapy (Current Employee)
Cleveland, OH

I have been working at Veterans Medical Center full-time for more than a year

ProsWorking with the veterans that served in different wars

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

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management needs to listen to the voices of heroes

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked with a lot of good people.

Research Biologist (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at Veterans Medical Center part-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe parking used to be a Pro but not anymore.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to work!!!

Visual Information Specialist (Current Employee)
Topeka, KS

I have been working at Veterans Medical Center

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A fair assessment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Alexandria, LA

I have been working at Veterans Medical Center

ProsThe 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementEngage in training and continuing education to stay abroad of current business practices.

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

Nurse (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I have been working at Veterans Medical Center

ProsThe health benefits, retirement and vacation/sick time.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementDo their own jobs and stop delegating everything.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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There are better organizations to work with

Research Specialist (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Veterans Medical Center

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

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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not perfect, but pretty good

Nurse Practitioner (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Veterans Medical Center

Prosto 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

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

Advice to Senior Managementthis 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Dietetic Intern (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Veterans Medical Center

ProsThe 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.

ConsBureaucracy, 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 Senior ManagementTry 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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