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"POOR, discriminating managers and directors"

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Former Employee - Staff RN in Bay Pines, FL
Former Employee - Staff RN in Bay Pines, FL
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

benefits, "the underlings" cling together for support

Cons

Management, management, management, treat the underlings unfair, bullying by Nurse Managers and Chief of Primary Care lies, doesn't listen, toxic environment runs rampant,

Advice to Management

teat your employees as real people, they in turn will produce better quality of work

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of Veterans Affairs

  1. "Helping vets get back into the community."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Helping vets get back in to the community. Interacting with others- staff and veterans. Pay is ok.

    Cons

    Personal growth within the departments.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Went in with optimism, but facilitates waste and laziness"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great, retirement is so-so. There is an encouragement to stick to your 40 hours/week (with some qualifiers, noted below), so work/life balance can be acceptable, generally. The government's system for accumulating time off is great. Compensation is not awful, but not not great, though on the upper end for my position. There is something nice about having purpose in serving a specific population.

    Cons

    There is no shortage of willingness to mislead employees. I was hired based on a specific skill set to coordinate a program, explained as if it was on the cusp of implementation. It wasn't, years ago, and still isn't.
    So that's the worst of all: The environment is steeped in tradition that makes approving any changes more than difficult. Then most of the employees treat anything new as heresy. It pretty much wholly discourages creativity.
    Additionally:
    - Easily 2/3 of staff are disgruntled, plaintive, oppositional, and generally negative.
    - There is essentially a "tenure" system which makes problematic employees difficult to deal with (at best).
    - Each medical center is a large organization with discrete groups and highly inadequate coordination between them. Recipe for nightmares.
    - There are minimal rewards for quality work, innovation, and high performance. For most employees, rather than try to do good work because they'll get a raise/bonus/etc., they simply work hard enough to not get disciplined. A dinky pin doesn't say much.
    - While employees are encouraged to stick to their 40 hours/week, clinicians are often given workloads that require considerably more time. Notifying management leads to reactions that create disincentive to work with management.
    - They have this weird proclivity to structure things similarly to the military. Giving hiring preference to veterans doesn't make that any better. It's a healthcare system; treat it as such.
    - There are only advancement opportunities for a few career paths.

    Advice to Management

    Put emphasis into encouraging employees who do well. Even if informal, it creates a more positive culture and may even improve morale. Hopefully the benefits don't need explanation.
    Creativity should be a valued thing if you're going to encourage better performance. Redesigning a process shouldn't have to be kept under the radar.


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