I have been working at CLEMENT J. ZABLOCKI VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER full-time (More than 8 years)
The pay is relatively competitive and the benefits package is second to none. The best thing about working at the VA Medical Center is the fact that you can directly make a difference in the lives of countless veterans and their families. It's rewarding to serve those who have served this country.
It is nearly impossible to advance in your career unless you are a Doctor or Registered Nurse. Bachelor degrees don't count for much once you've landed a position (any position). Promotion comes very slowly and restrictions are placed on how "high" you can advance within a given time period, regardless of education or qualifications. I have had Bachelor of Business Admin for the past few years but haven't been able to move out of the pay grade I've held for the past 7.5 years. The only way around it is to quit, wait two years, and then apply [fresh] as a non-Federal US Citizen. Also, in my experience, quality and process improvement is truly reserved for upper management. Suggestions should be made anonymously. When I actively worked to improve interdepartmental processes, I was encouraged by my immediate supervisor but then reprimanded by the department manager for "stepping outside my lane."
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at CLEMENT J. ZABLOCKI VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER (West Milwaukee, WI) in April 2014.
The interview went very well. I'm always early and they loved that. They also loved my answers to their questions and how I presented myself. The only reason I didn't get the position was because I have no prior working experience. Overall, after the tour, it seemed like a fast-paced yet efficient place to work. No doubt it's stressful tho but that's pharmacy for ya.
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