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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
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  • VCS upper management is the worst (in 55 reviews)

  • Less competitive pay for Nurse Executive when compared to private sector (in 53 reviews)

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  1. "Advanced Medical Support Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership is destroying our PA profession"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "VSR"

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    Former Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very few perks ever - lots of stupid

    Cons

    lost of 'workers' just wasting time and not heping Vets

    Advice to Management

    fire all non-mil / non-vets. you have a lot of pers just there because its a govt job. they dont give a damn about the veterans


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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...


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Dental Hygienist"

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    Former Employee - Registered Dental Hygienist in Pueblo, CO
    Former Employee - Registered Dental Hygienist in Pueblo, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    14 paid holidays, slow pace, a lot of down-time.

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of support from supervisors and administrators, opportunities for advancement are not recognized and requests for time off are often denied.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved with each clinic and know what's going on there. This would prevent poorly operated practices within the departments that are left unknown because upper management doesn't communicate directly with staff, so concerns/issues go unheard.


  9. "Lead"

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    Current Contractor - Voucher Examiner Clerk Lead in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Voucher Examiner Clerk Lead in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Taking of our country Veterans

    Cons

    No growth potential working as a contractor

    Advice to Management

    Employees need raises when working contracted position to maintain good employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "First Party Contact Representative Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Penn Yan, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Penn Yan, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    None that come to mind.

    Cons

    Poor management. I was discharged due to my attire. I was not given any warning regarding it despite being told I had several. I am currently disputing my discharge.

    Advice to Management

    Be more explicit with your warnings.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Research coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you like red tape, and top down approach to getting things done you'll like the VA

    Cons

    Pay is terrible, patients are more challenging than average, you have to know someone to get something done rather than expecting someone to do it because it's their job. Research jobs are temporary so you can be cut at anytime. There is no motivation to retain staff. Good ones leave that is why there is such a problem with care. They just can't fill positions and retain employees which makes veternal care worse.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out middle management. Improve the flow so that it is less top down and militaristic. Improve HR and whole staff website so it is clear how to find what you need and which departments deal with what issues rather than individuals. Make the structure more transparent. There are no clear deparments so you dont know where to go to get things done. some people have way too much power you have to be buddy buddy and know the right people. Actually find out from people leaving why they are leaving instead of just asking for more money to hire more.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Feb 16, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    I am so sorry that this is your experience. Please address these issues with your supervisor or Director. VA is working to transform employee and veteran experience and it sounds like you may be able ... More


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