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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated September 20, 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 (1)

    "This is not a good place to work until you have been with the VA for at LEAST 5 years and have some seniority."

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    Current Employee - Nurse in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Nurse in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The health benefits, retirement and vacation/sick time.

    Cons

    The unsafe neighborhood you have to walk through to just get to work. You are not allowed to park in the VA parking garage but rather a public parking garage 3 blocks away that YOU have to PAY $40 a month to park there and then take your life into your own hands to walk through the "hood". I actually have started carrying pepper spray. Not to mention the rain, sleet, snow.....etc.....

    Advice to Management

    Do their own jobs and stop delegating everything.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "CYA CAREERS AVAILABLE"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Helping veterans. Hands on training. Up to date training modules.

    Cons

    Constant state of covering up your mistakes to avoid suits. Lackadaisical work environment. If you need something done today expect it to done next month, if ever.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who you are working for...

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Unfortunately, not even a fairly good place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Helping the nations veterans
    Paid Time Off
    Job stability.

    Cons

    No training.
    No educational assistance.
    Poor communication of meaningful information from all levels of management.
    Management is insincere about well being of their subordinates, just concerned with preserving their position, next promotion, or retirement.
    New talent is rewarded for following, not taking initiative.
    Rampant gossip.
    Overall, a very depressing environment for a self-motivated, talented, or educated person.

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing to salvage....start over with an entire new team, or privatize the VA.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "know what you are going into before hand"

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    Former Employee - Prosthetic Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Prosthetic Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and promotion opportunities. Veterans hired in positions and have the ability to make a change in the system.

    Cons

    very clicky, if you are not in collusion with the norm of the organization's culture, then you will be isolated from what is going on in the department.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the old leadership that currently exist and retrain the subordinates who aspire to be like the old leadership because its a corrupt and betrayal management style


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    environment of care that fosters the veterans

    Cons

    broken management system and no accountability for staff

    Advice to Management

    creating an accountable healthcare organization


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Department of Veterans Affairs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only pros to working at the Department of Veterans Affairs are taking care of the Veterans and the health insurance is hard to beat

    Cons

    There is a lot of racial tension among coworkers. The management does nothing when you have a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Management really needs to learn to put the interest of their employees in front of their own personal interests. Management has a bad habit of throwing their employees under the bus. Almost everyone in the upper levels of management are not veterans and they treat their veteran employees terribly.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sad Sad Sad SAD place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really good people work here, helping the veterans who are not scamming the system, good time off. Good 401K match.

    Cons

    MANY lazy people getting a salary and full benefits but not doing much. NO accountablility, nobody gets fired, even grossly incompetent people. Idiots are just shuffled to another area where they can't do as much harm. Benfits are good but expensive. Pension benefit is not really worth it. Not a place for anyone with any kind of work ethics or strong career ambition. I spent months being recruited and undergoing security checks for THIS.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be writing up the losers and firing them. Increase the standards of care...shockingly bad.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great, but bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and exciting programs
    People who care

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Lack of transparency
    Room for growth


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Mind numbing job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    insurance is pretty good
    Hours are good

    Cons

    office politics are terrible, retaliation by management , no promotions unless you are a "chosen" one, terrible training and management is not qualified in their position to lead employees to full productivity.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "This place sucks."

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    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Quick and substantial raises.

    Cons

    Negative work environment, everyone is always complaining. Management doesn't listen to any concerns about workload, they turn away ideas to improve systems, they are constantly sending mixed messages about priorities and they ignore significant safety concerns and never address employees directly or candidly. The work is boring and repetitive. Proper practice is constantly shifting back and forth with no rhyme or reason.

    Advice to Management

    Address and actually listen to your employees. Stop taking on more work wen they are already stressed.


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