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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated December 14, 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 65 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 61 reviews)

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  1. "RN"

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    Former Employee - Staff RN in Sheridan, WY
    Former Employee - Staff RN in Sheridan, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Higher than average pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Worst run healthcare facility I’ve been with in the last 12 years. Inefficient, staff is degrading to patients, lack of common safety practices, critical incidents get ignored and complaints are stifled by management.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and implement an ethos of respect toward veterans.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mental Health Services"

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    Former Employee - Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good professional staff. And support staff

    Cons

    Administration is uncaring and unethical.

    Advice to Management

    Remove your Chief of Mental Health Services

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Pension"

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    Current Employee - VA Pension in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - VA Pension in Indianapolis, IN
    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

    You get a good pay check.

    Cons

    You think your helping veterans but its all about the numbers. Keeping your supervisor bonous is a must! If you report illegal activity it will be deleted by someone else, then your set up for failure.

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating more and more internal reports to justify a specific action or topic. Let your employees report illegal actions to OIG vice just get it do any take care of it later. Gor over three years billions of tax money is being wasted by VA attorneys moving $$ for free government money and personal gains. Management knows but won't do anything.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating and Disheartening"

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    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant
    Current Employee - Medical Support Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some benefits, leave accrual, opportunity to go back to school and get an education. Also if you know the right people inquire about grants and help the Veterans.

    Cons

    Due to the latest change of the guard now recognizing the lazy people, no creativity in all levels, and GS 1-6 have no say and treated terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Pull the ladder down for others to climb.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The opportunity to serve your fellow Veterans.

    Cons

    The VA done not pay the employees enough for all of the pain that they endure as an employee.

    There is usually a 12 month probationary period and within that 12 months, the VA can terminate you in the SPOT.

    Advice to Management

    Promote better employees to Leadership positions and consider hearing both sides of a situation before you fire a new employee.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative"

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    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Personal Benefits, life insurance, health benefits

    Cons

    too much unethical behavior


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Patient Care, Poor Management, Poor Morale"

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    Former Employee - Physician in Northport, NY
    Former Employee - Physician in Northport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Retirement Plan and Health Insurance

    Cons

    Poor Quality Care Provided to Patients, Bad Management Team, Poor Morale, Backstabbing Colleagues

    Advice to Management

    Get professional management training and get to actually know the patients and staff

  8. "Health Science Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits. Some good staff.

    Cons

    Asinine policies, blatant favoritism, low salary, limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like real people.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Telework in Roanoke is very biased"

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    Current Employee - Vsr in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Vsr in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working from home away from all distractions. Save on wear and tear of vehicle. Saving costs for fuel, food, and parking.

    Cons

    You must work during building closures (weather). Working for a director who sees numbers only. Director who changes directives on who can work from home, even though we have been doing it over 6 years now. He forgets who he works for, the VETERANS, not congress. Biggest CON is I.T. support. Take a basic computer troubleshooting class before electing to telework.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to increase participation make it fair to all, not your "pets".


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not A Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Patients are loyal. People work for 20 plus years so you build great relationships.

    Cons

    No career advancement, middle managers don't tap into their best asset, the employees.

    Advice to Management

    get to know your staff, it will build trust.


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