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VA Health Reviews

Updated July 3, 2018
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VA Health Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
Eric K. Shinseki
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Pros
  • "It's federal government so there are great benefits and it's more stable than many private organizations" (in 10 reviews)

  • "The Veterans, great co-workers, beautiful setting," (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are a lot of staff members and trying to remember everyone proved to be a challenge" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Cincinnati VAMC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VA Health full-time

    Pros

    Great working with Veterans of all eras, friendly and knowledgeable colleagues, working there was a great learning opportunity with great supervisors.

    Cons

    Parking (even with the added parking structure), which seems to be an issue with many VAs.


  2. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in New Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in New Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VA Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and retirement are prime

    Cons

    Day shift employees have to rotate up to evening shift and midnight shift as needed,usually at least once a month

  3. "Compliance"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent ethics of Sr. Mgt.

    Cons

    Salary was not always competitive


  4. "extremely understaffed and very stressful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VA Health part-time

    Pros

    benefits and paid time off are good

    Cons

    so understaffed. very stressful. takes forever to replace someone. some older staff do not work and many overwork

    Advice to Management

    HIRE SOME PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE VETERANS


  5. "Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Auditor in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VA Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved working with and serving Veterans.

    Cons

    Working for the VA was a nightmare. They actually discriminate against Veteran employees. The VA Medical Care facilities do whatever they can to cut corners, not caring if it will cost a Veteran his or her life. Top management does whatever they can to cover-up their errors or mistakes while still collecting huge bonuses. When employees identify problems, they are harassed and blacklisted.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the Veterans, no matter the cost. Respect the Veterans.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. "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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    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.


  10. "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.


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