US Department of Veterans Affairs FAQ

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Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

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61 English questions out of 61

March 16, 2021

What is paid time off like at US Department of Veterans Affairs?

Pros

Federal employee benefits, 5 weeks paid time off for annual leave, additional generous leave for illness, federal pension, generous pay.

Cons

The Rocky Mountain Regional VA hospital is currently very poorly managed, and that has caused many problems. Inpatient RN morale is very, very low right now (3/2021).

Federal employee benefits, 5 weeks paid time off for annual leave, additional generous leave for illness, federal pension, generous pay.

March 16, 2021

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October 27, 2019

Does US Department of Veterans Affairs offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Great for young families. Recession proof. Benefits package aside from pay is better than the private sector.

Cons

Difficult to move up. Difficult to get past HR.

Benefits package aside from pay is better than the private sector.

October 27, 2019

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December 10, 2020

Does US Department of Veterans Affairs offer massages?

Pros

Good pay, free ice, good a/c (gotta dig deep for the Pros)

Cons

Highly unprofessional environment. Contractors are marginalized and underutilized (very wasteful to pay people to do nothing for hours per week). Poor communication & collaboration: there is so much "documentation" that contains conflicting policy and is adhered to inconsistently. Causes rework (more waste). Watch out in Austin: if you're a contractor, you'll likely be walking a couple blocks from the parking lot in east Austin.

Advice to Management

Use your contractors! Why are you paying so much if they are just sitting there? And you're paying A LOT for them, if the salaries are still good after going through 3 subcontractors to staff the position. They are professionals, often with MUCH more REAL WORLD experience than government employees.

Good pay, free ice, good a/c (gotta dig deep for the Pros)

December 10, 2020

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December 3, 2019

Does US Department of Veterans Affairs offer dental insurance?

Pros

-Great retirement benefits -Competitive pay -Great options for health, vision, dental insurance -Amazing patient population

Cons

-Often understaffed -Weak union -Politics/bureaucratic -Under-resourced -Safety issues (regarding staffing- I am frequently charge nurse with up to 5 patients at a time) -80 hours per pay period. No on-call. No cancelled shifts. No flexing. (Six 12 hour shifts + one 8 hour shift, always) -No disability insurance for employees (broke my foot at home and they didn't allow me to do modified duty/made me burn through all my vacation/sick time)

Great options for health, vision, dental insurance

December 3, 2019

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October 9, 2019

Does US Department of Veterans Affairs offer family leave?

Pros

Pay vcs card union discounts

Cons

Benefits are high they don’t offer paid maternity leave they don’t hire from within management is nasty to many deductions coming out of pay

Advice to Management

Stop showing favoritism

Benefits are high they don’t offer paid maternity leave they don’t hire from within management is nasty to many deductions coming out of pay

October 9, 2019

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