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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated April 23, 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. "Lead Medical Support Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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    "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.....


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    "Nurse Practitioner"

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rewarding job due to working with mostly appreciative veterans. Great coworkers. The VA has a great benefits program including retirement and very good medical insurance.

    Cons

    Poor communication with administration. High turnover due to stress, dissatisfaction and nurse's pay. Little support from supervisors. Very disorganized and slow with improvements. Burdensome and archaic documentation requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Need to communicate more openly with staff and support making the VA a better place to work. Please look at the staff on the front lines who are also stressed and unhappy with their jobs. Come out and see the people who are meeting veterans every day and see what can be done to make it a more positive environment and improve job satisfaction.


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  5. "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.


  6. "Part time job for working students"

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    Current Employee - Work Study in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Work Study in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Schedule is very flexible for students.

    Cons

    Pay is only minimum wage.


  7. "Medical Support Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff members, you learn a lot, customer service training,

    Cons

    little promotion, some nurses can be mad and nasty, don't need degree to work and move up

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer training


  8. "Veteran's Affairs Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for vets, great pay for nurses, great benefits. more job security than private hospitals

    Cons

    a lot of red tape to deal with

    Advice to Management

    There is too much mgmt which slows everything down


  9. "Charge Nurse Psychiatry"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Battle Creek, MI
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Battle Creek, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    My co-workers are the best. Team atmosphere. Not task oriented but patient centered. Nurse to aide ratio is awesome. Benefits kick in immediately and are better than any other place I or my spouse have worked in 30 years.

    Cons

    They staff using mandation so if your staff is not dependable it can be an issue. They pay you well for staying over.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent.


  10. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent(Standard across all Government Service)
    Great working environment with management that respond to employees and patient feedback.

    Cons

    Pay scale is not commensurate with state minimum wage(GS-1/1 is less than minimum wage which mean all pays are less than true locality)


  11. "Facility Employment Outlook"

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    Current Employee - Population Health Nurse in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Population Health Nurse in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, and holidays and weekends off for Administrative Staff.

    Cons

    This Facility is in the midst of an integration with a lot of resistance at all levels which sometimes leads to a hostile work environment.
    Promotions appear to be very rare and unfairly based on friendship rather than professional qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Consider getting to know your employees and learning their strengths and weaknesses. Look into embracing best practices.


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