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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated May 25, 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. "It's an okay job"

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    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As a part-time worker in the kitchen, I can tell you that it's hard physical work, and requires minimum brain power. The job mostly consists of walking around the hospital delivering meal trays and then cleaning/putting away dishes after each meal. I work a 3 hour shift and am on my feet the entire time; there's no sitting. My supervisors are very laid-back, and don't micromanage. I'm one of three females on my shift; about a 3:12 male-female ratio. I have been here for two years, and it is very repetitive but I enjoy the workout I get from moving around. It's an easy paycheck and the benefits are good. Not a career move in the least, but a decent part-time job for someone who likes to move around, and likes their time off!

    Cons

    Incompetent,lazy coworkers who don't understand teamwork, and choose to only lookout for themselves. Boring job, repetitive work day, unflattering uniform (white pants). Bad attitudes, sometimes a hostile workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate your authority better, and make sure people do what they're supposed to do!!


  2. "VA Radiologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, NC

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

    Pros

    good salary and great hours. No call.

    Cons

    Boss micro management. Boring meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Get a life and let us do our job properly.


  3. "Medical Support Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redding, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redding, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a good team atmosphere in most departments as well as a real sense of purpose and need.

    Cons

    Up to a GS-5 there is very little opportunity or encouragement for training or upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaged in an employees' and the VA needs for staff training and promotional opportunities.


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  5. "SFVA NP"

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, interprofessional work, NP independence

    Cons

    salary, HR is a nightmare

    Advice to Management

    reform HR, nothing gets done timely or effectively


  6. "Registered Respiratory Therapist Critical care"

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    Former Employee - Registered Respiratory Therapist in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Registered Respiratory Therapist in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    clean, proper patient care giving

    Cons

    Staffing issues, some lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Additional staff and on call personnel


  7. "CNA"

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    Current Employee - CNA in Vineland, NJ
    Current Employee - CNA in Vineland, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Vacation time, sick time, paid leave, pension elgibility.

    Cons

    Short staffed most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Increase benefits, provide more personal time and 12 hour shifts for CNAs not just the LPNs and RNs


  8. Helpful (1)

    "phlebotomist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's great to take care of our vets!

    Cons

    It's hard working with some of the lazy people that I work with.


  9. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serving America'sVeterans, providing care to them and family members as well.

    Cons

    More difficult than private sector to advance in schooling for your career. Certain Chiefs of some departments fail to pass on pertinent information to our head Chief of Nursing or Mr. Battle. Staffing ratios is a huge problem. Most especially in the CLC.

    Advice to Management

    To Chief of Nursing that oversee's entire Nursing personal. Please re evaluate the CLC. and permanent management.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Freelancer - Volunteer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Freelancer - Volunteer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Staff are friendly, received lunch voucher for volunteer work

    Cons

    Wasn't offered a full time position


  11. "Great MSW Internship Opportunity"

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    Former Intern - MSW Intern in Columbia, SC
    Former Intern - MSW Intern in Columbia, SC
    Recommends

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    MSW interns at any VA location will receive a massive amount of information and opportunities to learn are endless. You not only learn about working in the federal system, but you learn about comprehensive care and how mental health and physical health influence each other in an individual. I literally felt as if my internship was not long enough because there was still so much more to learn.

    Cons

    When the internship began, the social workers at our orientation and throughout the beginning of the internship told us we'd be "set for life" in terms of working for the VA in the future, or obtaining any kind of employment after graduating. I've found that to not be true. You're set if you're planning on staying at that specific VA location, but if you're wanting to work at any other VA, you have to apply to those jobs like any other U.S. Citizen, and you MUST be licensed. I moved several states away shortly after graduation, and I am still looking for a job.


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