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Updated January 22, 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 62 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Vsr in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Vsr in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Outstanding organization especially for veterans.

    Cons

    There aren't any. It's a government job. Do the work and you'll be fine.


  2. Helpful (327)

    "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

  3. "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    flexible schedules and telework opportunities

    Cons

    operations need updating, much of the work is still siloed.


  4. "Great mission, complex work."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best mission in the federal government, in a large, diverse organization that offers significant career flexibility. Nationwide locations, which brings perspectives from all over the country.

    Cons

    Political environment surrounds the agency because of its sensitive mission, which means the good work that is accomplished can be shielded by political opportunists sadly seeking to exploit the agency for their own advantage.

    Advice to Management

    Reducing bureaucratic hurdles to empower employees is important, as well as being bold enough to take risks to confront "intractable" problems, without regard to the latest cycle of political appointees.


  5. "Often a nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Job security after probationary period.
    VA facilities are everywhere so moving to a new location isn't a huge ordeal.

    Cons

    Job security after probationary period... this is not a typo, this also means that people that don't do their job, are incompetent, mean, and or obnoxious do not lose their jobs. Rather they get shifted around to other departments. Tucked away or hidden.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the incompetent. Get rid of the useless union. Model yourselves after successful fortune 500 businesses.


  6. "MSA"

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    Current Employee - MSA in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - MSA in Evansville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, time off earned, salary

    Cons

    Management does not relate well

    Advice to Management

    You are not better than anyone else


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Savannah, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Great supervisor. Decent pay. Good to be virtual

    Cons

    Limited career growth or upward mobility

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "VA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    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.


  10. "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


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