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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated June 21, 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 57 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 56 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "IT Analyst Telephony Network Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Pays for Cisco training and certifications after your are hired.

    Cons

    Very flow bureaucracy. Difficult to fire employees who need to be let go.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you for the review. Always great to see a positive attitude. I find that the more we all focus on the ICARE values, the more others around us perform also. Have a great VA day!


  2. "Public Relations"

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    Current Employee - Public Relations in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    It is a great mission serving veterans

    Cons

    There is a lot of public scrutiny we have to deal with


  3. "Great $$ and benefits - If you can play by the rules"

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    Current Employee - Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salaries better than community
    Focus on excellence
    Many resources - good facilities, office space, campus, better patient treatment

    Cons

    Buried in bureaucracy- too many supervisors micromanaging
    Paramilitary
    Political
    Takes a long time to move up (but can move laterally)

    Advice to Management

    Organize the chain of command for your medical specialties by treatment program rather than by service; Make Service (Psychology, MD's, Nurses, Social Workers) mostly administrative, and let the clinicians trying to run the programs (Department Managers, etc.) make the decisions about work conditions and rules. Clinicians' job requirements are most affected by the program they work in. Making too many rules for one service (Social Work) interferes unnecessarily with employee job satisfaction.


  4. "Register Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Juan, PR

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

    Pros

    Professional, clean and update nursing practice

    Cons

    Demanding and stressful daily work


  5. "Reach and Valuable Experience"

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    Current Employee - Addictions Therapist in Loma Linda, CA
    Current Employee - Addictions Therapist in Loma Linda, CA

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

    Pros

    Power dynamics within team can be stressful occasionally.

    Cons

    It feels that I make a true difference in Veterans' life.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to embrace people from various backgrounds.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Addition therapy can be a stressful position. Thank you for serving veterans, you do make the difference.


  6. "Ambulatory Care Pharmacist"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Staff Pharmacist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Staff Pharmacist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Technology & pioneering care in an academic teaching environment with Medical Schools many opportunities

    Cons

    the challenged enforcement of goverment federal regulations & government bureaucracy, politics, a paramilitary organization with pros & cons

    Advice to Management

    the danger of inbred since hiring own residents mainly, losing perspective of standard in community e.g. standard learning from standards such as major HMO e.g. Kaiser

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Keen observation. I suggest sharing with your supervisor or the Pharmacy Recruitment and Retention Office. IF you need a contact email vacareers@va.gov and as for PRRO contact.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chaplain (former Marine / retired ELCA Pastor with 2 qrtrs of CPE"

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    Former Employee - Hospice Chaplain in Litchfield, MN
    Former Employee - Hospice Chaplain in Litchfield, MN

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a former Marine, and ELCA Pastor (followed by 'after retiring as an ELCA Pastor - 14 years as a Hospice
    Chaplain with Lutheran Social Services, Litchfield, MN (under the umbrella of LSS of MN.

    Cons

    None that I can think of .

    Advice to Management

    In my capacity as pastor - and hospice Chaplain ... over the years I have done pastoral care at both Mnpls/St. Paul and St. Cloud Hospitals,

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    God bless you!


  8. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very large scale IT

    Cons

    never know what is funded or not funded

    Advice to Management

    fix the budgeting and funding process for projects

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Thanks for sharing. Even local governments seem to struggle with this one. Even corporations. Better long range planning can help in this area. Submit suggestions to supervisors early.


  9. "Nurse"

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    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Salt Lake City VA has an awesome culture and staff

    Cons

    Salary is low in Utah compared to national average

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    I like 5 stars, and I can not lie...Thanks! We heart our nurses.


  10. "Government"

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    Former Employee - Educational Technician in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Educational Technician in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Taking care of Veterans and some wonderful medical staff

    Cons

    Terrible management and huge turnover of staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


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