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"Great organizational mission statement and great people, but hindered by bureaucracy..."

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Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative
Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The employees all love helping veterans.

Cons

VA is a very large organization, which by nature has a good amount of dysfunction and barriers to communication between the upper and lower levels of the organization.

Advice to Management

Find more creative ways to take advantage of true talent, rather than making those people go through the same cattle herding promotion system as everyone else. There should always be exceptions to the rules, because exceptional people do exist and do want to do great things for the organization. These exceptional people do not want to sit around waiting for an opportunity to get promoted while being mentored by people that were just the best available at the time they were promoted, and not actually a quality manager.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of Veterans Affairs

  1. "Huge government organization"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    1) Shared mission to serve veterans 2)Low pressure-almost impossible to get fired 3)People are very cordial and caring

    Cons

    1) Horrible IT infrostructure (completely behind the industry standards) 2)Terrible HR 3)If you are a mid-level employee, there are few opportunities for advancement 4)Lack of access to leadership

    Advice to Management

    Employees need more career development opportunities eg classes, seminars, engagement events


  2. "Overall ok."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, can maintaing a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Weak leadership and a longcommute.

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