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"Morally right; professionally challenging"

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Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

A wonderful opportunity to give to those who have given so much to this country. The veterans are generally warm and appreciative of all you do. Plenty of career opportunities if you are in certain jobs; very limited in others.

Cons

Leadership is significantly lacking; too many jobs are held by interim staff who do not have,or do not feel they have, authority to make decisions. Supervisors can be specious in their treatment of staff (personal issues are routine). HR staff pre-screens all applications, but lack knowledge of jobs so referrals may not include best qualified.

Advice to Management

Give subject matter experts more control, eliminate acting positions in favor of establishing leadership roles. Realize that leadership skills gained in military service may be different than those needed in government administrations.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of Veterans Affairs

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, stifled professional growth, no incentives for performance or loyalty"

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    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    25 days of paid leave a year. 10 days of sick leave. Small pension. Staff is like family. Most of us actually do a good job for our Vets.

    Cons

    This is not the place you come to work if you are hungry to advance your career. This is the place you come to enjoy lots of time off. Raises are automatic (every 2 years) and there are no incentive based raises offered. This means that whether you are an outstanding employee or a slacker you will advance at the same rate as everyone else. That said, there are a handful of overachievers-all of them get duped into joining leadership and are miserable thereafter. Also, at a certain point once you max out the pay scale you don't receive anymore raises. Most nurses hit the max 8-10 years before they are eligible for retirement. This creates an interesting work environment.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for management because the bureaucracy is too entrenched for them to actually do anything positive for their employees. My advice for the people seeking employment here: Don't come on board if you have aspirations of climbing the ladder-the "glass door" is more like a brick and mortar wall. However, if you like your time off, and like Vets this is the place for you.


  2. "Rewarding, great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Rewarding working for the VA and serving Veterans. A lot of room to grow and develop professionally if willing and able to move around.

    Cons

    Wish there was more opportunities to telework and that more jobs were open to individuals outside current facility. Lose out on a lot of great talent. Some locations have a lot of turnover at the leadership level which can be challenging for employees.

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