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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
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  • upper management needs an overhaul (in 61 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 58 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (278)

    "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. "Addiction Therapist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Get to work with other Veterans.

    Cons

    Some of the bureaucracy gets in the way.

  3. "Health technician"

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    Current Employee - Health Technician in Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - Health Technician in Martinez, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    Not enough pay to many chiefs

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees the same


  4. "Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist"

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    Former Employee - Radiologic Technologist in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Radiologic Technologist in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good team, and teamwork. People are trying to help you out with all of the questions you need help and explanation with.

    Cons

    I have nothing to say in this section.

    Advice to Management

    keep up a good work


  5. "The VA has almost everything"

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    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and incentives. Opportunities for training and growth in interested areas of care or management.

    Cons

    Outdated practices and culture within certain departments. Salary significantly lower than private sector pay.


  6. "Working for the VA Health Care System"

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    Current Employee - Staff Physician in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Staff Physician in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Important work serving a deserving population. Federal Retirement System is good, if you are planning a career here.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, slow computer system, poor telephone directory

    Advice to Management

    Improve telephone etiquette of employees; use a distributed telephone answering system so that people are more likely to reach someone. Reduce middle management. Do reviews of job efficiency and production realistically, as I know of several people who basically sit in their office all day and do absolutely nothing.


  7. "Employment Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Employment Specialist in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Employment Specialist in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved working with Veterans and the interdisciplinary team.

    Cons

    Parking for Veterans and Employees was problematic at times

    Advice to Management

    More daily contact with your younger employees. If you do not show them what professionalism is, they will make it up on their own.

  8. "VA employment"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Veteran population is absolutely wonderful to work with, job stability, benefits & retirement.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, drama, politics, red tape.


  9. "My personal opinion on working for the VA"

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    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making sure our Vets are taken good care of and are always happy.

    Cons

    Vets don't get the care that they deserve in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Be more available and helpful to your staff.


  10. "Government job"

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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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Consistent hours are nice to have and working as a government employee creates a nice sense of security while providing much needed services to an important population.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy really takes its toll and hampers the ability to get work done. Things require so many different input and should be streamlined

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to integrate private and public options. Ultimately government services should provide a very good service that should be the minimum and private can supplement that


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