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"Good people but tough to feel you make an impact."

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Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Fascinating research, passionate employees, people who really want to help Veterans

Cons

Organization is so huge with so many rules and policies that unless you are a physician and interact with patients on a daily basis, it's hard to feel like you're really making a difference. I am leaving because I want more advancement than just a standard 1k salary increase every year (no matter my performance) and actual performance reviews - not just a survey we sign off on - so that I can get feedback on my progress.

Advice to Management

Keep in mind that younger employees in the Bay Area often don't fit - and don't want to fit - the federal worker stereotype. We need to be challenged and have feedback, or you'll lose us to a more fulfilling job in the private sector

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    "Ageism abounds! Don't come here if you are over 30 and have true experience and skill."

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    Current Employee - HR Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - HR Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to repay the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. Executive Leadership is comprised of people who have a true belief in the mission of the Agency, and they get a bad rap due to the people with whom they surround themselves.

    Cons

    Great Executive Leadership who are not paying attention, and who are sheltered from the reality of the morale and dissatisfaction of the front line management employees in every department. Leadership has an open door policy, but it is professional suicide to walk through that door.

    We have been directed to pass every document, email, communication, or thought of any kind through our HR Leadership "thought police" prior to passing it through to the Director's staff. Mid to top level HR management, just below Leadership, is the least experienced and worst examples of HR professionals that I have ever experienced, which is the reason for the extreme dissatisfaction throughout the VA.

    Lack of knowledge and real world experience on HR management's part, and their propensity to micro-manage their staff at every turn, leads to Agency wide disdain, which they earn every day. Pre-selection, though illegal is clearly evident, and there are no sour grapes in that statement, as I have never applied for promotion within this particular agency.

    My job searches are ALL outside of VA Pittsburgh, as it is a house of cards, and when it does collapse, I do not want that blemish on my record. When mistakes are made within HR, the blame is ALWAYS directed at employees who have no autonomy or authority to make those mistakes.

    To advance within the Agency at VA Pittsburgh, you must know how to nod at the appropriate moment, you must be willing to take full responsibility for all of your supervisor's/manager's mistakes without fuss, and you must be young enough for them to claim to be your mentor without looking ridiculous when they say it.

    As a taxpayer, I am appalled that those with so little real technical knowledge, skills or abilities, and zero people skills, have advanced to positions where they are now advising the Executive Leadership of the Agency who have so much at stake. No wonder we are always in the news.

    Advice to Management

    Come from behind your office door. An open door policy is only as good as the folks guarding that door. Have true exit interviews, and do not rely on HR to do them for you, as HR Management is the reason for much of the exodus at the Agency. Surround yourself with employees who are more concerned with the mission of the Agency than they are with protecting their perch. And finally, look closely at what is going on within the department that is in control of hiring and job placement. Age discrimination is blatant and pre-selection is continuous. This will eventually be brought out in the open, and be made public.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Typical of govt work"

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    Current Employee - Cemetery Representative in Holly, MI
    Current Employee - Cemetery Representative in Holly, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I work with a lot of great people. We do a lot of great work helping veterans and their families

    Cons

    We work for the government so the simplest, most mundane of tasks are overly bureaucratic. You're generally working for someone who you're smarter and more qualified than, you just don't "know someone" like they do.

    Advice to Management

    You should all quit.

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