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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
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  • VCS upper management is the worst (in 57 reviews)

  • Inferior wage scale compared to the private sector (in 56 reviews)

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  1. "Hard to Change Positions, don't apply if you don't already love what you do"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Instrument Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Medical Instrument Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You actually do get to provide excellent care to veteran's and there is a lot of job satisfaction in that.

    Cons

    Red Tape and Bureaucracy can keep you from advancing, even if you know the right people.


  2. "Overall, the Denver VA is a great employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    *Very competitive pay, *Outstanding benefits, *Mission-oriented work environment, *A great patient population, *Caring and competent co-workers

    Cons

    *The current medical building where I work is in terrible shape. *If you have past experience in the military or other similar hierarchical institution, that is helpful. Change happens at a glacial pace in this giant federal agency.

  3. "VA review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Mission to help Veterans

    Cons

    Inconsistent policies and procedures for employees


  4. "Pay not competitive enough"

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    Current Employee - Inpatient Pharmacy Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Inpatient Pharmacy Technician in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, job security, the feeling that you're helping our veterans, plenty of facilities throughout the country for transferring if necessary

    Cons

    It's the government, so pay/salary is pretty stays quo compared to the private sector. Also, with locality pay and the GS-scale that is used, there is just no opportunity for pay raises, no incentive to go above and beyond! Too much is taken out for taxes!

    Advice to Management

    At some point, management needs to work alongside those individuals who are down in the trenches enabling the well-oiled machine continue churning! Just because we are lower down in the GS system does NOT mean that we don't work 10 times as hard as the chiefs & doctors! Ask for input before implemented stupid changes!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Learn your profession"

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    Current Employee - Biomedical Equipment Technician in Largo, FL
    Current Employee - Biomedical Equipment Technician in Largo, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of training
    Good benefits
    Long-term relationship
    Above market pay
    Opportunity for advancement
    Ability to relocate and transfer throughout the company
    Internal is looked at first for a job opportunity

    Cons

    Not treated like a person but like a number.
    Not understanding the situations of people's needs.
    Act of urgency
    People just there to collect a paycheck
    No one gets back to you in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees that care.


  6. "Rewarding and fulfilling managing the care of critically ill puts with my professional colleagues in the micu"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RN ICU in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - RN ICU in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff good salary team atmosphere good benefits job security I enjoyed working with the then micu staff as we worked together an exceptional cohesive group of professionals taking great care of the veterans

    Cons

    Non union little input from staff nurses with management may have changed now no ancillary story staff transport nursing assistants on shift

    Advice to Management

    Seasoned critical care professionals want the opportunity to regain or beige employment consider them
    Before agency contractors


  7. "Government"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good job security and mobility

    Cons

    navigating your way through the periodic politics

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Associate at Board of Veterans Appeals"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Extensive training
    - Clear and high career ladder
    - Extremely flexible after one year at employment
    - Great work for a greater cause
    - Great culture and positive interactions are always encouraged
    - Independent work with no micromanaging (though your experience may vary based on your supervisor)

    Cons

    - Management keeps changing the quota system.
    - The work is not for everyone. Extroverted people will likely have trouble with this position as it requires writing opinions on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    - Please keep the needs of the Veterans in mind in balancing quality vs quantity.
    - Continue promoting positive culture within the Board.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

    Jun 23, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you for the review. I love your assessment about extroverted people may not be a good fit for a position requiring a lot of writing work. I think it is important we each find our seat on the ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Government"

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    Former Employee - Educational Technician in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Educational Technician in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Taking care of Veterans and some wonderful medical staff

    Cons

    Terrible management and huge turnover of staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  10. "VA medical foster home"

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

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs part-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to care for our nation's veterans

    Cons

    some of them feel depressed and isolated and you have to be very resilient

    Advice to Management

    none


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