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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated August 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 59 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 57 reviews)

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  1. "RA at VA R&D"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, usually not a high stress job depending on the study and the supervisor

    Cons

    really hard to do get anything done sometimes because of the slow contracting or all the bureaucracy


  2. "Excellent job"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and love helping the veteran population. The pay is awesome and my co-workers are the best! Very special place and so glad that I can make a difference.

    Cons

    Very political. Supervisors and the upper management are not supportive to the employees. The want the work done fast but not recognition.

    Advice to Management

    They need to take suggestions seriously.

  3. "HBPC RN"

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    Current Employee - HBPC RN in Iron Mountain, MI
    Current Employee - HBPC RN in Iron Mountain, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    independence, job satisfaction, pride, 1:1 veteran connection

    Cons

    parking, cold weather, no ED, no ICU

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "things could be better"

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

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

    Pros

    the government benefits are great

    Cons

    there are no avenues to move up

    Advice to Management

    stop abusing your best employees


  5. "Hurry up and wait"

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Current Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you get full time employment, you are set. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Most people work to get FTE, then once they get it they stop working. Puts the burden on those who do actual work. Senior/Upper management don't seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. They do your work for you.


  6. "Medical Support Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Medical Sup in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Medical Sup in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy job, I scheduled all appointments for one of the departments.

    Cons

    As a medical support assistant at the VA there was no opportunity to move up. You come in at an entry level and that is where you stay unless you get a nursing license or some other medical license.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people for there work.


  7. "Worse job in my life"

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    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid job security, large employer with ample opportunity to move.

    Cons

    Poor management, understaffed, under paid, and outdated equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved in how staff is treated.

  8. "Program Support Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Program Support Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Program Support Assistant in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    That you get to meet and assist Veterans of all shapes, sizes, ethinicites and personalities.

    Cons

    Sometimes the job can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair!


  9. "Workin there is very eye opening"

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    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Nursing Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Is seeing veterans that was there before me and the stories they share everyday. Makes you want to help them in there times of need. As I am a veteran also. Working at the hospital has made me a better man. Everyday is a good day at the VA

    Cons

    Seeing people come and go. Some days are different when you see a Vet one day. And two days later there gone to heaven. There are sick old Vets that needs our help. I work hard to help them everyday I'm at work

    Advice to Management

    Always coming up with new ways to make things work better for the veterans


  10. "Industial Hygiene"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Hygienist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Industrial Hygienist in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to make positive changes

    Cons

    Need to be proactive working with Unions

    Advice to Management

    Support your workers


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