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Updated January 17, 2018
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
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  • Upper management in the area never speaks to the MSA's its a very cold place work (in 66 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 61 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (324)

    "Logistics"

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    Current Employee - Logistics
    Current Employee - Logistics
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    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. Helpful (1)

    "VA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    Great pay for location and benefits

    Cons

    Some positions are filled within by individuals that leadership want in the position. Usually a friend that may not even have the experience.

    Advice to Management

    Allow those willing to take on challenging roles to move up instead of losing talent.

  3. "Certified nursing assiatant"

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    Current Employee - Certified Nursing Assistant CNA in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Certified Nursing Assistant CNA in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Quality of care for inpatient is excellent

    Cons

    10 years go really fast


  4. "Deputy Chief Counsel"

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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

    Committed workforce, collaborative setting, challenging opportunities, work-life balance

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy that results in inefficiency, constantly receives negative publicity despite how well it serves Veterans


  5. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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    Pros

    Being able to work with veterans is always rewarding and in my time there I found others who worked above and beyond to take care of our country’s veterans. It was rewarding.

    Cons

    The facilities are older, even for a VA and construction always takes significantly longer then they ever estimate making space limited. Meaning people are sharing offices or some don’t have offices.


  6. "Great benefits!"

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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

    Great opportunity to move up within the company.

    Cons

    A lot of politics involved that can get sticky

    Advice to Management

    Move away from the bureaucracies


  7. "Advanced Medical Support Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, excellent job satisfaction in terms of making a difference.

    Cons

    Very strict leave and vacation guidelines.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good management, bad overall system"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is accommodating
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Payment is still done via paper, which makes the pay periods and submissions weird.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Acos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Equality , support for academic advancement

    Cons

    Bureaucracy , inability to fire unhelpful employees

    Advice to Management

    Nimble HR


  10. "Social Work Intern"

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    Former Employee - Social Work Intern in Hines, IL
    Former Employee - Social Work Intern in Hines, IL
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Gratifying work working with out nation's veterans.

    Cons

    Lack of moral in some departments among workers


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