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US Department of Veterans Affairs Overview

Washington, DC
10000+ employees
1930
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Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics ... Read more

Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

Company Updates

  • VA is working from the ground up to innovate through our Advanced Platform Technology Center. We are changing the way we do business so Veterans choose VA not because they have no other choice, but because we are the best at what we do, achieve superior results and make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQlb2

  • Career opportunities for pharmacists are on the rise. At VA, pharmacists play a key role in the health and wellness of our Veterans. Learn more about our available positions and apply today. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQlzw

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    Career opportunities for pharmacists are on the rise, particularly in hospital and clinical settings. The growing demand reflects patients' need for accurate information, counsel and careful supervision throughout their treatment plan. At VA, pharmacists play a key role in the health and wellness of our Veterans.

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US Department of Veterans Affairs – Why Work For Us?


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About VA Careers

Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

More than 7.9 million Veterans, their family members, and survivors are enrolled in the VA health system, with more than 6.3 million seeking treatment each year. Currently, that annual treatment involves 773,600 inpatient visits and 60 million outpatient visits. About 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees work in interdisciplinary care teams to deliver those patient services daily.

VA's patient population crosses a wide spectrum of individuals, from elderly World War II Veterans, to baby boomer Vietnam Vets, to today's younger heroes who served during the Gulf War era and in the present day Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. VA also serves a growing number of women Veterans, who currently account for seven percent of the total Veteran population.

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Our work

When you work as a VA health care, administrative, or support professional, the career opportunities are virtually endless. By working for the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, you'll have access to a wider range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.

VA's vast network of facilities also means more practice settings and specialization opportunities for health care professionals. No matter which VA facility you choose, you'll work within an interdisciplinary care team structure and be challenged to achieve the most positive patient outcomes possible.

You'll have the opportunity to practice meaningful, groundbreaking medicine often treating patients with injuries rarely seen in the private sector. And, our vast network of facilities gives you access to some of the most advanced medical technologies in the Nation.

And, geography won't even get in your way. When life dictates a move, you can seek employment at any location where there is a vacancy and transfer with no loss of benefits. For health care professionals, only one current, active professional state license is necessary to practice anywhere in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

At the end of the day, VA professionals feel good about their careers, the Veterans they serve, and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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Why choose VA

VA strives to offer our employees a better quality of life, both on the job and off, in return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care. We do so through competitive salaries, a robust Federal benefits package that begins on your first day of employment, flexible schedules, and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the Nation.

What Can VA Offer Me?

VA needs special people to help us maintain our tradition of excellence. We know that we'll have to compete with other employers to attract them. We also know that our kind of people become more valuable over time. And, to keep them with us we have to offer them a truly superior compensation and benefits package. 

What's So Special About Working for VA?

How does unmatched control over your own life and career path sound? We're simply the most flexible, diverse, and family-friendly employer there is. When you work for VA, you'll be entitled to a lifetime's worth of opportunities, benefits, and satisfactions. You'll be doing a job that's truly worthwhile, and you'll have a myriad of choices and options you can't find anywhere else. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. We offer competitive pay and a truly superior array of benefits for you and your family. Your goals will be our goals, and your family will become part of our family. We're the best at what we do, because our people make us the best. We value each and every one of them, and we show them our appreciation in all sorts of exciting and tangible ways. 

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    Pros

    I came from the private sector where it is all about fattening someone's pockets while you work work work. I'll never go back to that. This job is fulfilling because you get to help our nation's hero's. Nothing can compete with this vacation policy, I have more time off than I'll ever use. If you enjoy helping others and not helping your CEO get his 4th vacation home, you'll like this place. Oh and the insurance and retirement are outstanding.

    Cons

    It is true about what you hear about Government employees. Just don't fall into that loop and you'll be happy. Don't let other peoples' negativity get you down, because when you look at these Veterans and realize what they went through, the piddly arguing goes out the window.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat.

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Photos

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

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    A panel interview of three. They showed me a list of questions they were going to ask me prior to starting the interview. They ask the typically type of questions starting from my background etc.

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    • How do you help with teamwork?   1 Answer
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Awards & Accolades

  • Hall of Fame Recognition – 82% Screening Rate, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable for Screening Rates, 2016
  • Gold, Corporations: Recruitment – “Together VA”, Questar Awards, 2016
  • Runner Up, U.S. Pharmacy Study - Mail Order, J.D. Power, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Best Use of Video – “Together VA” (TV Spot), Ragan’s Health Care PR and Marketing Awards, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Best Use of Video – “My Reason to Serve” (PSA), Ragan’s Health Care PR and Marketing Awards, 2015
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