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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
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  • Less competitive pay for Nurse Executive when compared to private sector (in 55 reviews)

  • VCS upper management is the worst (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "VBA Rater"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VBA Rater in Decatur, GA
    Current Employee - VBA Rater in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping veterans the (common sense) right way despite politics. Despite their policies to limit veteran benefit approval, there are many non-management folks doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Too many non-military college folks in management believing there are simple text books answers to complex problems. They lack veteran empathy and understanding.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate management to other areas every three years. Bring in career military leadership to run the VA.


  2. "Negative"

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    Former Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Medical Support Assistant in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opputunity to grow.
    Federal benefits are awesome.
    Have some great co- workers

    Cons

    The place is highly clicky.
    They perform a lot of illegal procedures.
    Schedule appointments for veterans knowing that they have called in to say they are not in the area.
    HR are not educated in their field.
    Union rep don't represent the workers.
    Too many violations!!!!!! To write here. Simply people do your homework before applying.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to have A state of an employment emergency and have a lot of the older worker force retired. They need need ideas not old. Please help those veterans and please have the director get a mental evaluation because she has Alzheimer's.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Government Agency!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits, worklife balance, time off, job security!!! Relocation incentives for hard to fill positions. Many opportunities to relocate if needed.

    Cons

    All the GS 13 and GS 14 Service Chiefs are dummies!!! Constantly over budget even before the fiscal year starts. Zero accountability!!! HR does not follow the Merit Promotion Principles. Broken processes and redundancy make it had to be productive. If you want to work somewhere you can be lazy and get a check biweekly the VA is for you!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being puppets to meeting measures and actually focus on the mission of the agency!! Management is the worst!!!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "AFGE is a crock"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    AFGE will support some people but not others.

    Cons

    They took my money but when I asked for assistance I was told that they couldn't help because I worked in the directors office. Then they didn't even refund my dues.
    Co-workers are backstabers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "ARE YOU LAZY, UNMOTIVATED, INCOMPETENT.....WORK HERE!!!!"

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    Current Employee - HIM Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - HIM Specialist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, job security

    Cons

    Red tape bureaucracy, poor management, incompetent, lazy tenured employees. Management is uneducated and stall in their positions. If you are a young professional in your twenties or thirties I would not recommend working here. You will be used, abused and over worked. You will be surrounded by a bunch of idiots who do nothing all do, afraid to embrace change for the better and are paid well more than you due to the retarded GS pay schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your talented employees who actually perform. Get rid of the tenure employees in senior positions who lack the knowledge, skills and abilities to do their jobs. Take some tips from the private sector industry on the proper way to run a hospital. Or just let the private sector take over the VHA section and let the govt focus on just the VBA (which is a separate monstrosity I wont get into )


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Advanced Medical Support Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support in Butler, PA
    Current Employee - Advanced Medical Support in Butler, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay with benefits, and education reembursment

    Cons

    Company Lacks diversity and lot's of nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Learn Diversity


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible leadership"

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    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Veterans are amazing. No other pros

    Cons

    Leadership is the worst ever, if you are a nurse...stay away

    Advice to Management

    They should all be fired


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership is destroying our PA profession"

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    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome patients. Such an honor to serve the veterans. Great physicians who are dedicated to helping veterans

    Cons

    Management continues to endorse the huge pay disparity between Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. On average NPs of are making 20-30k more than PAs. Senior PAs with more experience are asked to train new NP hires in their speciality and come to find out that those NPs are getting paid at least 20 k more than them. Many great PAs have left. Others are in psychological therapy. The hospital is currently understaffed and this is leading to higher workloads, stress levels and low morale in the setting of unfair pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making excuses for HR and start correcting pay disparities for the multiple critical occupations throughout GLA to make them more competitive with the Los Angeles market. Leadership needs to work with the physicians to better understand the true needs of the hospital and not seek outside counsel who have no clue about the current day to day issues and barriers to care.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Politics"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Since it's a government job, it gives job security however, to get there you have to go through hoops and might get a job only if you have a connection there.

    Cons

    The worse place to seek employment. Those in power give the jobs to their own. My boss was doing all the work but never got reconized​ for it by her Superiors


  11. Helpful (2)

    "HIM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White River Junction, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White River Junction, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefits are decent, generous paid holidays

    Cons

    demoralizing. Employees are treated poorly, manipulated, threatened and bullied.

    Advice to Management

    Some aspire to management to lead, others just to boss people around. Hire more leaders...


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