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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
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  1. Helpful (247)

    "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. "Great Agency to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great co-workers. Good promotion opportunities if you actually have a plan and aren't just trying to chase money.

    Cons

    Any decision, even the smallest ones with the least effect on the agency, needs to go through about 5 levels of bureaucrats who will dawdle and be afraid to make a decision.


  3. "Best company I ever worked for during my nursing career."

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Somerset, KY
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Somerset, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very clear policies and procedures and support from management to follow said policies.
    Serving men and women that serve our country is a great privilege.
    Excellent pay compared to the private sector.
    Great retirement and insurance options.

    Cons

    Difficult and lengthy application process.


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  5. "Great place with some limitations"

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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

    Great pay, benefits, and job security. Working directly with Veterans as a provider is incredibly rewarding.

    Cons

    Working within a bureaucracy this size can be frustrating, especially when it comes to trying something new. Cumbersome processes make many things take more time than necessary, and getting something as simple as office supplies can take weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Give programs more discretionary dollars to purchase items necessary for implementing new ideas. Streamline processes in ways that maintain accountability but cut down on unnecessary CYA activities.


  6. "LVN"

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    Former Employee - LVN in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - LVN in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    My first REAL job as a nurse...my co-workers taught me how to be a good nurse by example. Patients received excellent care!

    Cons

    Nurse Manager had personal issues about her daughter (my age) and 'projected' this on me. Otherwise, loved my job.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "RN"

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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

    good vocation and sick leaves.

    Cons

    pay is lower than major hospitals and no parking for employee.


  8. "Chaplain Resident"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great Veterans to serve

    Cons

    Departmental politics negatively effects the chaplains ability to always provide top service to Veterans.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "What is it like to be a NURSE at the VA"

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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

    Nurses are respected for their knowledge at the VA and are appreciated as part of the medical team. Physicians recognize that they need nurses to provide the best care to the patients and that there must be a collaborative partnership and not one where there is a hierarchy mentality. Nurses do not function as "hand maidens" but as team members. The veteran patients are the best at showing their appreciation for all the nurse does for them and will alert the nurse of their needs.

    Cons

    The VA is extremely bureaucratic, so it is imperative that you learn the rules, regulations and policies in order to survive. This is a con, but I find it to be the BEST Pro, because it provides consistency in the system and prevents the initiation of random processes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Educated nurses are capable of self directions and do not need to be controlled and told what to do every step of the way.


  10. "Engineer"

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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

    The have the standard benefits package of government employees

    Cons

    As with all government it sometimes takes forever for things to get done.


  11. "Insurance Verification for Dept of Veteran Affairs"

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    Current Employee - Insurance Verification Specialist in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Insurance Verification Specialist in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Permanent federal position. Stable hours M-F. Offers overtime. Telework possible. Office environment is clean and supervision is attentive to needs. Gain 4 hours Annual leave (vacation) and 4 hours Sick leave per pay period (bi-weekly)

    Cons

    Stagnation in grades, limited to GS-6 on Federal pay scale.. Limited lateral movement within the department. Seniority and Federal contract restrictions limit advancement.



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