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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated August 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 59 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 57 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (268)

    "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. "Excellent job"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and love helping the veteran population. The pay is awesome and my co-workers are the best! Very special place and so glad that I can make a difference.

    Cons

    Very political. Supervisors and the upper management are not supportive to the employees. The want the work done fast but not recognition.

    Advice to Management

    They need to take suggestions seriously.

  3. "Program Support Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Program Support Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Program Support Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    That you get to meet and assist Veterans of all shapes, sizes, ethinicites and personalities.

    Cons

    Sometimes the job can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair!


  4. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Medical Records Coder in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Medical Records Coder in Ann Arbor, MI
    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, great people, & great pay.

    Cons

    Everything takes forever to get done.


  5. "Workin there is very eye opening"

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    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Is seeing veterans that was there before me and the stories they share everyday. Makes you want to help them in there times of need. As I am a veteran also. Working at the hospital has made me a better man. Everyday is a good day at the VA

    Cons

    Seeing people come and go. Some days are different when you see a Vet one day. And two days later there gone to heaven. There are sick old Vets that needs our help. I work hard to help them everyday I'm at work

    Advice to Management

    Always coming up with new ways to make things work better for the veterans


  6. "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serving our nation's heroes! The most noble mission of all.

    Cons

    Navigating through government beuracracy can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your people are your most valuable asset.


  7. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organization is Service oriented. There is a good leave policy. There is union representation. There is a collegial environment. There are reasonable hours/workload.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Understaffing. Rigidity with schedule (must take full day off or none). Poor public opinion. There is subpar health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Psychometrist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    college student research assistant - flexible

    Cons

    management, poor pay, lack of organization

    Advice to Management

    be kind because your employees in research is all you rely on


  9. "It's ok."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work flexibility.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by.


  10. "clinician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    the people, pay, benefits and everything has been great!

    Cons

    i really enjoyed my time here


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