US Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Reviews about "private sector"

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough
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  • "Hourly wage is much higher than anywhere else with great benefits if working full time(in 438 reviews)

  • "Good benefits for all employees(in 322 reviews)

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  • "Less pay than the private sector(in 92 reviews)

  • "Upper management needs to be more transparent(in 87 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Physical Therapist Assistant

      Nov 11, 2020 - Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in Dallas, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Ability to transfer location within the same organization.

      Cons

      Salary is lower than in the private sector.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Logistics

      Apr 17, 2015 - Logistics 
      Recommend
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      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.

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      US Department of Veterans Affairs Response

      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 am happy that other personal benefits such as vacation and paid-time-off allow employees to take care of themselves and do the best job possible. Thank you again for your dedication to helping Veterans. - DRS

    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place to work

      Jan 10, 2021 - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR
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      Pros

      Great co-workers and immediate management, they care about their nurses, reliable pay raises. Patients and their families are generally very supportive of floor nurses. No lay-offs, ever. All nurses get 5 weeks vacation time per year, plus 9 federal holidays and sick time that accrues. Middle management makes a real effort to listen to nurse committees. Excellent communication during Covid crisis.

      Cons

      Management can be clueless, although not more clueless than private companies I have worked with. It is very difficult to get rid of truly bad nurses. Pay always lags behind private sector nursing.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Police Services Dispatcher and Call Taker - No advancement Opportunities

      Jul 20, 2020 - Security Assistant in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      Co-workers were great to work with. No day is the same and emergencies can happen out of nowhere, so you have to be ready for a fast-paced, high energy day. My favorite part of the job was to be able to help my fellow veterans; talking to them through events, calming them, and assuring them we are going to help them. I love our veterans!! Once you're finished with your one year probationary period, there is some job security that is a bit better than the private sector.

      Cons

      Highly politicized. Promotions amongst officers are pretty rare, so when there is an opening, they are all at each other's throats, which creates tension in the whole department. Cops usually have A-type personalities, so there's that to deal with too. As a Security Assistant, there are no potential advancement opportunities. My pay grade was a GS-06 for 7 years. Even with outstanding performance reviews, none of that mattered because there is no offering for a promotion with that position. Oh, and you may be subject to being called back to the office in the event of an emergency any time of day. Lots of overtime, with little regard for your personal affairs, work-life balance, lack of sleep, and overall well-being.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Rewarding work

      Dec 22, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      rewarding work working with Vets, decent pay, great benefits, great vacation, good new grad nurse program

      Cons

      pay is higher in private sector, staffing shortages, covid policies change constantly

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Executive Leadership

      Dec 26, 2020 - Director in Long Beach, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There is no greater mission than to serve those who have served.

      Cons

      Pay is not competitive with private sector

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good place

      Nov 10, 2020 - Assistant Chief Sterile Processing in Boise, ID
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      Pros

      Don’t depend on money from patients so they can do what’s right without worrying about bottom line

      Cons

      A lot of extra regulations compared to private sector

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Nov 3, 2020 - Attorney 
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      Pros

      great benefits, great work-life balance,

      Cons

      pay is a bit lower than private sector - but benefits make this worth it

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      rigid, inflexible

      Dec 6, 2020 - Social Worer 
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      Pros

      fair compensation and decent benefits compared to private sector.

      Cons

      rigid and inflexible, poor work.life balance. The motto of the Buffalo VA should be "this is the way we have always done it so let's keep doing it this way." The facility is dirty and ES is incompetent.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Easy work however not always a good work environment

      Jan 17, 2019 - Registered Nurse in Kansas City, MO
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      Pros

      PAY - competitive, shift and weekend differential is the BEST anywhere 10 paid holidays a year EASY work with low patient-RN ratios No being sent home based on low census Great benefits - (401k matching, retirement, health, dental and vision insurance, etc)

      Cons

      Raises - only get a step increase every other year Difficult to advance to Nurse III - even with a Master's Degree! HAVE to monitor paycheck as they frequently get it incorrect then debit your check without notice - has gotten better with the new system. EMR is horrible - ED has one area to chart meds; ICUs have a totally different EMR and medication admin system so med/surg units can't see ANY of it as we don't have ICU access. Revolving door of same patients. SO many frequent flyers especially for ETOH - you see abuse of the system daily. Probably the MOST frustrating thing is there is no punishment or consequences for lazy or abusive workers. So many employees would be fired in a heartbeat if they did this in the private sector! ie being habitually late, workers coming to the unit and saying they're not going to do this or that even tho it's within their job description and basic duties, etc. Most units have the VA rotating schedule - which is a disadvantage to night shift workers - on two, off two, on three rotating - additionally your schedule is set - there is NO self scheduling like the private sector.

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