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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated September 21, 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 61 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 58 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (283)

    "Logistics"

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    Current Employee - Logistics
    Current Employee - Logistics
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I came from the private sector where it is all about fattening someone's pockets while you work work work. I'll never go back to that. This job is fulfilling because you get to help our nation's hero's. Nothing can compete with this vacation policy, I have more time off than I'll ever use. If you enjoy helping others and not helping your CEO get his 4th vacation home, you'll like this place. Oh and the insurance and retirement are outstanding.

    Cons

    It is true about what you hear about Government employees. Just don't fall into that loop and you'll be happy. Don't let other peoples' negativity get you down, because when you look at these Veterans and realize what they went through, the piddly arguing goes out the window.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 16, 2015 – Department of Veterans Affairs Employee

    Thank you for sharing your experience! It is invaluable to hear directly from VA employees. I agree that the absolute best part of a career at VA is the ability to help our Nation’s Veterans, and I... More


  2. "Work-Study Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hour and it allows myself time to study for classes. Located right on campus.

    Cons

    It will end and I will not receive a paycheck until AFTER 50 hours. I would prefer every 25 or so.

    Advice to Management

    2 week paychecks not every 50 hours. If I am swamped at school and I only work 15 hours one week I would have to work 35 hours (not possible) next week to get a paycheck each 2 weeks.

  3. "Awesome place to work. I loved the atmosphere and the people. Great place to start a career ."

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    Former Employee - Medical Reimbursement Technician in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Medical Reimbursement Technician in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training and room to grow in your career for upper management positions. Everyone works as a team and management empowers employees to help make changes to policies and procedures to improve productivity.

    Cons

    Slow to make changes for improvements.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "VA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, salary, hours, opportunies

    Cons

    limited to veteran demographic of older men

    Advice to Management

    great long term employer


  5. "Addiction Therapist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Get to work with other Veterans.

    Cons

    Some of the bureaucracy gets in the way.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Social Work Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs as an intern

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment for medical social work

    Cons

    No negative experiences or CONS to share

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist"

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    Former Employee - Radiologic Technologist in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Radiologic Technologist in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good team, and teamwork. People are trying to help you out with all of the questions you need help and explanation with.

    Cons

    I have nothing to say in this section.

    Advice to Management

    keep up a good work

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs as an intern

    Pros

    Love working here a lot

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of


  9. "Government job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consistent hours are nice to have and working as a government employee creates a nice sense of security while providing much needed services to an important population.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy really takes its toll and hampers the ability to get work done. Things require so many different input and should be streamlined

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to integrate private and public options. Ultimately government services should provide a very good service that should be the minimum and private can supplement that


  10. "Physician"

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    Current Employee - Medical Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Medical Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to do great clinical work as well as teach various levels of learners from medical students, doctors, fellows and other interdisciplinary team members. Also have administrator responsibilities and ability of make innovative changes in work and care practices.
    Great Colleagues and supportive boss.

    Cons

    Hiring can take long due to high level of clearance required as a physician.
    Also the application process can be cumbersome

    Advice to Management

    Improve Human Resource department


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