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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated October 20, 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 63 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 60 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (287)

    "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. "Don’t work here if you just want a paycheck— our patients deserve better than that"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Temple, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Temple, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    What a privilege to serve those who have served our country! They were willing to give their lives to protect our Country and what it stands for.

    Cons

    Union interferes with progress. Bureaucratic “red tape” causes unnecessary delays.

    Advice to Management

    Back your first line management. It takes too long to carry out disciplinary actions.

  3. "Love my job, but I need to work closer to home!"

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    Current Employee - Financial Account Technician in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Account Technician in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm helping the Veterans that sacrificed so much for our country

    Cons

    Getting to know the patients and then seeing them get ill and some pass away.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is an important issue.


  4. "Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Better than average salary, regular hours, environment

    Cons

    Population is mainly men, so may miss counseling women and/or children.

    Advice to Management

    Know what it's really like to work with our disabled veterans.


  5. "I still like the VA"

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    Current Employee - Mst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Mst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    VA has good benefits for long term employees

    Cons

    VA has low wage pay because of the strict adherence service grades, sometimes promotion or hiring is based on service grade instead of resume.

    Advice to Management

    The strict hiring government policy has crippled the VA. Luck of advancement for entry job in the agency has made it hard young innovative minds to stay with VA, hence they go to be resourceful in the private sector.


  6. "RN at the TVHS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    They have better benefits and able to transfer your job easily from state to state. Most of them are teaching hospital so you get to have experience in any different areas. Also have good scholarship.

    Cons

    None, I have not seen anything yet.


  7. "Human Resource Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic health benefits, no overtime, great staff

    Cons

    Early work schedule, no tuition benefits

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice. I enjoy my supervisors.

  8. "Medical Reimbursement Tech"

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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

    Telework options, Other hours for professional working individuals with families

    Cons

    Communication is key. They need less chiefs. Less chaos.


  9. "Primary Care Physician"

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

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

    Pros

    benefits, paid vacation time, sick leave

    Cons

    a lot of politics and things take a while to get done--especially the hiring process

    Advice to Management

    Make hiring easier and faster


  10. "average"

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    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits are really the only pro, new buildings

    Cons

    same cons as all long term care. understaffed. work with others that are only there for a paycheck


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