US Department of Veterans Affairs - This is not a good place to work until you have been with the VA for at LEAST 5 years and have some seniority. | Glassdoor
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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."

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Current Employee - Nurse in Baltimore, MD
Current Employee - Nurse in Baltimore, MD
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

Do their own jobs and stop delegating everything.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of Veterans Affairs

  1. "DVA Medical Center Financial Analyst Review"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Accounts Technician in Northport, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Accounts Technician in Northport, NY

    Pros

    The department of veterans affairs offers a very nice benefits package for its workers, you are also awarded with a special type of IRA that is sponsored through the government and thus is completely transferable through government jobs. The rate of matching is about 3 percent of your salary level

    Cons

    Although the VA is a great place to work, it is a relaxed and mostly casual environment, there seems to be little room for advancement in this type of position. Jobs range from Analyst to Coder to Manager. There may be shades of gray in terms of salary ranges, but it is a government job so it is expected to pay less than the private sector, which it does.

    Advice to Management

    Managers did work with the employees very fairly and had motivational boosting methods which were nice.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of work to do but not always easy to cut through the red tape to get it done."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No overtime required. Good benefits and time off is 3 weeks and 4 weeks with more tenure. With so many managers near retirement, there is opportunity for advancement. Congress is starting to fund the programs which were underfunded for many years and understaffed. Va pays for 2 conferences a year and some training. You must pay for training that results in certifications though. Pay for use of personal automobile. Provide a government travel card. Provide a cell phone for many employees who are on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies like myself. Hospital environment is always a challenge but it is rewarding to help those who need the assitance very dearly. Humbling experience to work with disabled veterans and veterans with PTSD.

    Cons

    Political entity with management in D.C. who transition every 4 years. Some are sensitive to negative information and deny existence of problems. Getting money out to contractors requires competition which delays getting the money out. Tight restrictions and mucho proof needed to make sure contractors don't rip off tax payers which can happen easily when we are understaffed and processing too many purchase orders and contracts. There are no protections for federal employees who try to do the right thing. Whistleblower office is dysfunctional currently due to FBI Raid on leader who was fundamentalist christian. Management are old and not flexible towards working women and schedules.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who are not just making you look good by lying about the situation. but reward those who are aware of how much better it can be.


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