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VA Health Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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VA Health Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
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Pros
  • Obviously a big pro is the pay and benefits but also for me- the job security, training and promotion opportunities, and the culture here are unmatched (in 8 reviews)

  • Job Security , comfortable atmosphere, no pressure, many many opportunities to advance your career goals (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes it's hard to cut through the red tape with the bureaucracy involved (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper Management isn't held responsible or accountable (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "VA Health gave me the best experience ever. I been many places and by far the best work life balance yet.!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Temple, TX
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Temple, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VA Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, employees, great learning experience and primotiin opportunity. Working in healthcare, the VA will better you as a person and a professional.

    Cons

    Its challenging at times but with the training you have to get in, you should be able to manage

    Advice to Management

    Could celebrate the employees a bit more to keep the motivation and the love in the air.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity for impact but struggle with bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Health Systems Administrator in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Health Systems Administrator in New Orleans, LA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VA Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to have positive impact with an important mission. The institution is in the process of modernizing practices and systems. Many chances to advance with performance.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of the system and resistance to change makes it challenging to advance important projects. Pay is low compared to comparable positions at private hospitals. Pay in New Orleans specifically has not been updated with increasing costs of living.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Set Up to Fail"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at VA Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Retirement benefits (the main/only reason people work here)

    Cons

    Incompetent and apathetic staff. Gross patient safety violations. Hard to work here with a conscience.

    Advice to Management

    Organization is set up to fail. Incompetent and weak leadership throughout the organization. Those that attempt to make the organization better are (often brutally) terminated. Major cultural issues, often told "this is the military" which is a dangerous mindset for a healthcare organization.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Professional medical staff"

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    Current Employee - Advance Practice Provider in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Current Employee - Advance Practice Provider in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VA Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Taking care of the veterans, good medical, dental and vision benefits, TSP with agency match. Eligible for pension after 5 years.

    Cons

    Boston VA healthcare system has a high turnover rate because they have a bullying problem and rude staff. They also have a race relations problem and many African American staff is discriminated against. The staff will bully you until you leave. They have a mob like mentality and like to ostracize you. In the orientation they ask for suggestions however, they have no interest in changing their antiquated failing system. Extremely poor management!

    Advice to Management

    Adapt a no tolerance bullying policy. Work on race relations. Promote team building. Treat your veteran employees better because if it wasn’t for the veterans you wouldn’t have a job. Hire more veterans in upper management and leadership positions. Treat your African American staff better because everyone deserves to be treated with respect and they also deserve to work in an environment free of racism and harassment.


  5. "Not all VA facilities are the same"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at VA Health full-time

    Pros

    As a veteran working with the VA, it was convenient. I was able to go to my appointments without havimg to reauest time off or leave.

    Cons

    We don't choose the people we work with. Though I had a wonderful experience there, some of the elder employees who have been at the facility longer are not open to change so unless it is a VA wide update, things have been the same while there are more advanced ways to getting the work done.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Registered Nurse"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse, Critical Care in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse, Critical Care in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VA Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good vacation and sick time package.Vision and Dental are relatively low prices with good coverage.

    Cons

    Major harassment starts at staff level to hospital director if you get injured on job until they bit pick and fire you, cutting off your medical benefits. Appealing is more than a one year process.

    Advice to Management

    All upper management should be replaced with new, non predujudice staff as this has been going on for years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fast-paced, high autonomy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at VA Health full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful staff and volunteers, great benefits, encourage continuing education, plentiful opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and experience with a variety of diagnoses and acuity levels

    Cons

    Under-staffed, limited orientation, inconsistent standards for staff members, no/limited budget for professional development and continuing education

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication from management to ensure clear expectations, objectives and support of staff

  8. Helpful (1)

    "VA Surgeon"

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    Former Employee - Staff Surgeon in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Staff Surgeon in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at VA Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provide exceptional quality health care to deserving patient base. Great co-workers. Much autonomy and responsibility.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is deep. Too much control by nonphysicians.
    No control over patient scheduling.


  9. "VASH Social Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    There is a lot of job security, easy to move around to various other positions, and the pay is better than the private sector social work services.

    Cons

    The VA is a large bureaucracy, which means that there is a lot of red tape to manage for simple tasks.

    Advice to Management

    I think management should make sure that they recognize their employees achievements and ensure that structure/processes are put in place for effective work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Housekeeping Aid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murfreesboro, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VA Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job Security , comfortable atmosphere, no pressure, many many opportunities to advance your career goals

    Cons

    Office Politics, favoritism, low value placed on in-depth training , Management is NOT held ACCOUNTABLE. It truly does roll downhill.

    Advice to Management

    Better documented training, main thing is holding everyone to the same standards and eliminate FAVORITISM. Last, but certainly not the least, is greatly in need of Accountability.


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