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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated April 29, 2017
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
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  • VCS upper management is the worst (in 55 reviews)

  • Less competitive pay for Nurse Executive when compared to private sector (in 53 reviews)

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  1. "ok"

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    Current Employee - Emergency Medical Technician in North Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Emergency Medical Technician in North Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    shift work
    many days off
    less commute
    weekend pay

    Cons

    long hours
    burnout rate high
    many patients

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Hospital Pharmacy Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hines, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hines, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent working conditions with many chances of advancement.

    Cons

    The workload is heavy with lots of responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Nice to staff on off tour of duty.


  3. "RN Nurse Manager Home Care"

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    Current Employee - Nurse Manager/Program Director Home Care in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse Manager/Program Director Home Care in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great benefits, educational opporunities, can be flexiable

    Cons

    bureacacy; difficult to get things done,

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "Decent employment"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent benefits, great location, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Little room to progress or expand.


  6. "Lead Medical Support Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Lead Medical Support Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Medical Support Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of knowledge available, lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    Limited staffing in all departments. Tight budgets. Pay is low.

    Advice to Management

    Management that I have had experience with is good


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Social Worker Case Manager"

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    Current Employee - Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to be a part of something grrater than yourself and participate in a truly amazing health care system. The wages and lifetime benefits.

    Cons

    Politics of working in bureaucratic government agency...threat of budget cuts...if you can muddle through that though you can make it anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Your line workers are hard working...but there is always going to be a few bad seeds that will try to get away with doing nothing and try to get paid. Focus on motorpool....that is a lazy and incompetent department and yet an important one because they provide transportation to all the community health care workers. They are supposed to maintain vehicles for government workers that provide healthcare in community....they are not maintaining vehicles and this makes it more difficult for community workers to provide excellent care because their equipment they need to do their duties is not properly maintained. You should never have an RN or LCSW take a car in to shop and do an oil change or have to get brakes done. This needs to stop and motorpool needs to do their JOB because they get paid a very decent salary to do just that.....


  8. "RN"

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    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in White River Junction, VT
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in White River Junction, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, good benefits and schedule. Rewarding job serving vets.

    Cons

    Short-staffed and cannot replace people leaving right now. Physicians get bonuses but I never have and a lot of others who work very hard do not get bonuses where I work. Makes for very poor morale on my part as I work VERY hard.

    Advice to Management

    Either STOP all bonuses or give bonuses to those who do good work....nurses, dietitians, support staff, etc. the physicians/providers (NP, PA, etc.) would NOT be able to do much good for the vets without support clinical AND non-clinical. Do not reward the "slackers" but those of us who are committed and work hard.....we need to get part of provider bonuses. ALSO...we need more staff/to replace staff that leaves or we will all be burnt out and not be able to provide good care that we strive to provide!


  9. "Improving the quality of care for our veterans"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Engineering in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to help veterans

    Cons

    Low wages & poor parking

    Advice to Management

    Increase career paths for stellar employees. Increase wages to acquire higher quality of professional positions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nothing Special"

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    Former Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits (retirement and health care).

    Cons

    Cutthroat coworkers, nagging nurse managers, and an overall culture of poor work productivity.

    Advice to Management

    loosen up the budget for employee pay, the health care staff at this VA make less than the national average for VA pay. The cost of living in Nashville is higher than the national average.


  11. "Lots of benefits"

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    Former Employee - Radiologic Technologist in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Radiologic Technologist in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get paid well and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    Runs like you might expect a government agency to run, lots of talk with nothing backing it up. It takes a very long time for the wheels of change to roll.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in managing employees, rather than waiting for problem situations to create a crises and acting retroactively.


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