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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
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  1. Helpful (244)

    "Logistics"

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    Current Employee - Logistics
    Current Employee - Logistics
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I came from the private sector where it is all about fattening someone's pockets while you work work work. I'll never go back to that. This job is fulfilling because you get to help our nation's hero's. Nothing can compete with this vacation policy, I have more time off than I'll ever use. If you enjoy helping others and not helping your CEO get his 4th vacation home, you'll like this place. Oh and the insurance and retirement are outstanding.

    Cons

    It is true about what you hear about Government employees. Just don't fall into that loop and you'll be happy. Don't let other peoples' negativity get you down, because when you look at these Veterans and realize what they went through, the piddly arguing goes out the window.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 16, 2015 – Department of Veterans Affairs Employee

    Thank you for sharing your experience! It is invaluable to hear directly from VA employees. I agree that the absolute best part of a career at VA is the ability to help our Nation’s Veterans, and I ... More


  2. "Great Job..work hard though"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary..customer based. Veterans deserve help!

    Cons

    The claim load is very high.


  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nure in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nure in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of possible support for your veterans. Many different roles to find your best job fit.

    Cons

    Poor coordination of services all too often. That turns out to be the main job

    Advice to Management

    Build processes' by having actual workers make decisions instead of top down from management


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  5. "Patient-centered care"

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    Current Employee - Administration in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Administration in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To serve our nation's heroes.

    Cons

    The Union limits VA's ultimate success and protects the poor performer.

    Advice to Management

    Familiarize self with Employee & Labor Relations

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Feb 24, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you for a great review and serving our veterans. DS


  6. "VA Work Study"

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    Current Employee - Va Work Study in Saginaw, MI
    Current Employee - Va Work Study in Saginaw, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to do homework while on job. Help transition vets

    Cons

    non everything has been great since I've been here.

    Advice to Management

    keep on keepin on

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Feb 24, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    As a manager that has supervised 4 interns, which is similar to work studies, I know it take planning to make it a good experience for both parties. I encourage you to keep the positive attitude and ... More


  7. "I CARE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Department of Veteran Affairs cares about its employees and our veterans! Its a great working environment and lots of opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    There are so many who need assistance and only so many workers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Many are thankful for all of your sacrifice!

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Feb 24, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you for your input! Inspiring! DS


  8. "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serving veterans. Fellow staff. A learning environment. Everyday can be different, I never get board. Benefits are better than most, especially 5% 401K match, ample leave.

    Cons

    Negative politics and media can be depressing. Intranet is slow at times. Rarely receive press of positive events.

    Advice to Management

    Forward March! Dr Shulkin is a talented leader with desire. I have had the time to brief him and he was someone that was a pleasure to work with. Humble and knowledgeable while respecting staff opinion. Reward good behavior and discipline poor behavior/ performance.


  9. "Supply Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    Government job with good benefits. If disabled veteran, easy access to health care through the VA. Potential to find higher paying jobs once you are in.

    Cons

    Shift work. If you stay in the position you will have to wait for someone to retire or get promoted to be able to change shifts and its according to tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Hire quality employees


  10. "Catheterization and Electrophysiology Lab RN"

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    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, salary, and benefits.

    Cons

    The hiring process for new staff takes too long.

    Advice to Management

    Refine the hiring process.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Feb 16, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you for your review, I hope your experience becomes 5 Star soon. I agree the hiring process can be lengthy. I understand that all levels are working to improve processes through use of LEAN ... More


  11. "Dedicated public servants largely comprised of military veterans."

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Federal employment is basically guaranteed, even during furloughs we still got paid. Paid annual leave and paid sick leave are accrued simultaneously, and there is a culture that values experience over education in administrative and supportive roles. There are also educational programs with service agreements.

    Cons

    There is a lack of mentorship, and equipment refresh rates are subject to the whims of federally mandated budgets. Refresh cycles for equipment are stretched far past reasonable constraints of manufacturers recommendations, and hiring freezes are constantly influx.

    Advice to Management

    Mentorship is sorely lacking, learning new skills is a veritable trial by fire.



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