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Updated January 20, 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. "Basic review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teleworking
    Helping Veterans
    Worthy Mission
    Good Benefits
    Can make a difference

    Cons

    Must understand complex organization to be effective

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Social Worker"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serving veterans, salary, holidays, vacation sick days

    Cons

    Variable working hours nights weekends holidays, must be at work regardless of any hazardous weather conditions; rare opportunity for advancement; bureaucracy; disrespectful supervisors that are bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Give people opportunities to advance and make VA a better place. Require anyone that is over other people to go through better training to interact in a positive instead of a demeaning way. More flexible work hours. Telework opportunities. Be reasonable about snow days instead of requiring people to risk their lives to make it to work by traveling on ice or in tornados.

  3. "consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time

    Pros

    good benefits, light work load

    Cons

    sub-par healthcare for veterans, need to hire quality practicioners


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Has is pros/cons"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upward mobility, never get cancelled, stable, great population, pension, able to work anywhere in the country(assuming a position is open), get 5 weeks of vacation(annual), 2.6 weeks of sick days(annual)

    Cons

    Slow processes, old equipment, short staffed, lower pay, never get cancelled, some coworkers are very lazy and will never get fired, work extra 5 weeks compared to private sector(80 hour pay period)

    Advice to Management

    Match area hospitals or lose staff.


  5. "Take care of Veterans"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great home/work balance, great benefits

    Cons

    Some employees are in it only for the money.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right people


  6. "Some good and bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and job security

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted outside of medical professions unless you know someone

    Advice to Management

    Accountability for poor performances


  7. "Overworked and Underpaid"

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    Current Employee - CNA
    Current Employee - CNA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working with Vets! They are great group of people; young and older.

    Cons

    Very Hard to find full time employment with these guys. I was promised in three months I would have a full time job and it is now; it is over a year. Payment is low and sometimes if you work overtime you need to hound payroll to get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Management does as well as they can with the restriction of supervisors and budget issues.

  8. "CWY Bill Young VA Hospital-- They Try"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bay Pines, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bay Pines, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - On levels, they really do try to make this a good place to work.
    - VA Voices (a very insightful program used by the leadership)
    - Earned leave
    - Flexibility (At least in position)

    Cons

    -There are way to many to note here.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is great. The break down of the individual sections is where things start to fall apart. This may be resulting to the fact that there may be a lack of communication or understanding of the work being performed by the front-line staff and the National level.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Slow Process"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for career advancement

    Cons

    Extremely outdated and very slow hiring process, may take over 6 months. Outdated clinical processes.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to employee surverys, reward good employees and remove incompetent employees within the system.


  10. "A lot of hands on learning and great experience gained"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Services in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Support Services in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and the experience also assisting veterans with home loans and assisting to enter back in workforce . Good people

    Cons

    A lot of favoritism is shown to those who know the right person and on the opposite end of someone doesn’t like you they impede progress

    Advice to Management

    Take management and professionalism courses


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