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Veterans Benefits Administration Employee Reviews about "sexual harassment"

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2.6
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Veterans Benefits Administration Secretary David J Shulkin
David J Shulkin
20 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay easy approval for days off(in 7 reviews)

  • "That is the only good thing about employed by Oakland VBA(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Casual culture of sexual harassment and work place intimidation among employees(in 8 reviews)

  • "If you put in a few years as VSR, you will be guaranteed an RVSR job(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Veterans Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Veterans Benefits Administration full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The pay is great. Plenty of time off once you met seniority. The job is low pressure and you come and work as a you please. Production can be seen overwhelming at first but once you get the basic idea of the job you will be fine.

    Cons

    Terrible co workers. A lot people were hired not based on qualification or work ethics. This office is in constant mode of struggling to contain crisis among employees. People come to work drunk or on drug is the norm. Every Friday there is a farmer market near by and employees here often just disappear for 2 hours during lunch time and management just play along and look the other way. People call it the "F" in friday is for "FUN." Casual culture of sexual harassment and work place intimidation among employees. Most people here aim to become RVSR for 100k annually. The RVSR job requires a pre test of which cheating is rampant. One person would take the test and then told everyone else what's on the test so they can look up the answer before they go in. A lot of people here do not read or write english and there were times veterans wrote in to complaint. Everyone in Oakland knew the former female MST coordinator has a sexual harassment problems with men in the office but no one will to do anything.

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    Veterans Benefits Administration2018-12-26
  2. "Veterans Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Veterans Benefits Administration full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is very good. Work is easy. Always ample amount of works available. Tons of opportunity to make money and make a difference in veterans' lives.

    Cons

    A lot of sexual harassment problems in the office. People openly joke about forced marriage or forced dates. A lot of political dramas involving employees and managers are too tired to deal with them. People here casually take off for extended lunch which is illegal. Employees consistently make mistakes on cases which require a lot of reworks.

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    Veterans Benefits Administration2018-12-17
  3. Helpful (4)

    "No works ever get done here"

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    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Veterans Benefits Administration full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay is exceptionally good but that pretty much it. Despite the good pay, people still leave in drove after a few year. It's a great place if you have no education whatsoever and got in. They only hire based on protected status and not qualification. Even the foremost entry level job requires absolutely no education or work experience. The higher end job like RVSR does not requires college education to attain. They will give you a chance and once you get in, you're IT.

    Cons

    The rumors about sexual harassment here is true and at it's absolute worse in years. the 14th floor is where all the horrible things happened at. An employee here is notorious for demanding dates from her co workers and manage just looks the other way.

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    Veterans Benefits Administration2018-04-11
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Down A Rabbit Hole"

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    Current Employee - Ratings Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Veterans Benefits Administration full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    TSP - better than private sector 401k program to be honest

    Cons

    A lot of sexual harassment problems that plagued this office for decades. Men or Women are constantly subject to unwanted attentions from their peers. Lunch time is not monitored and on an honor system so most employees disappear to god know where. Unfair hiring practices that favors people with protected status over highly qualified people. Management systematically prefer under performing employee with protected status over highly productive employees. Works are constantly moved from lazy employee to good employees for completion.

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    Veterans Benefits Administration2017-11-24
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Run !!! Don't walk"

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    Current Employee - Rater in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Veterans Benefits Administration full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    helping veterans with their benefits

    Cons

    Difficult coworkers to deal with. Rampant culture of sexual harassment( a lot of aged out angry people looking for dates and this is for both men and women). Cases constantly being push into stand by status because no one wants to do anything. Every time I look up from my cubicle I see people standing around chatting instead of working. Quality Review Team is helpless in their fight against poor cases from lousy VSRs.

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    Veterans Benefits Administration2017-07-02
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Work Culture + Lazy Workers = All Veterans Left Behind"

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    Former Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Oakland, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Veterans Benefits Administration full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It provides decent pay for the area although still less than private sector jobs. Working with veterans directly can be hit and miss but its more like 40 percent positive v. 60 percent negative. Generally the job is very easy.

    Cons

    Preferential treatment of bad employees over good employees. Good workers are often ignores. Bad workers get all the attention because they like to complaint. The MST coordinators are always behind on their works but instead of enforcing a fair work standard management cut corners and gave the coordinators preferential treatment by making everyone else do their major work loads and give them plenty of times and credits to do one particular tasks. The process ends up delaying MST claims by several days. Employees here spend time talking more about themselves instead of working on veteran's cases. This is the biggest scandal in VBA history that no one is willing to acknowledge. It is also true that this place is reek with bullying work culture as well as sexual harassment. Complaints are casually levied against anyone who reports wrong doing. This is a famous practice among VA as well- if you see something, and say something - you will be charge with work place harassment to keep you shut up

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    Veterans Benefits Administration2017-02-11
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Rating Specialist / Veterans Service Representative"

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    Former Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Veterans Benefits Administration full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Being a military spouse I was grateful to be at a job that also helps other military family. The job is right inline with my day to day interaction with military family. A very unique job in which you get to help out veterans for disabilities compensation as well as pension claims. Easy job for good amount of money. I've learned a lot of things regarding federal regulation for VBA related purposes that will serve me as well as my military friends well after i leave this job.

    Cons

    This office was investigated by OIG and everything levied against it was true. Employees here constantly say demeaning and condescending things about veterans' claims. The harder the claim the often more mean remarks are made in public so everyone can hear. It does feel like a very strange place for someone who is so connected to the military. I would not want my spouse's claim to be processed by this office. The work environment is also very bad. It is no secret that people just wait until they are off review to get a laptop and work from home because the work environment is so bad. I often seen people take extra long lunch, stand around talking about non work related business. The goal of serving veterans are never there. Also constant partying by employees here too- baby showers, as well as birthday parties are thrown CONSTANTLY even though the station is bottom in performance nationwide. It is also true that this station has a sexual harassment problem. I've witnessed people here openly asking their co workers out for date. I've known people who turned down advances by their coworkers and got bullied on a daily basis by the same perverted employee. Managers are aware of the problem but cannot do anything. In short, don't waste your time here unless you need a job. Other stations might be a better option. They do enforce a culture of silence so if you ever try to speak up good luck- you will be on your way out.

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    Veterans Benefits Administration2016-11-27
  8. Helpful (3)

    "A very bad place to be working at"

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    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Veterans Benefits Administration full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Its a genuine joy to be helping veterans who returned from wars. Job is packed with responsibilities that you will not find else where. I love this job.

    Cons

    hostile work environment. rampant culture of sexual harassment and bullying. People here keep asking each other out for dates and conduct dates on business hours. Hiring practices relying strictly on political correctness and affirmative action standards. most people hired are not fit to do the job. good employees are leaving in droves and bad employees stay behind to make things worse. payback and constant personnel complaints are levied against good employees who seek to speak out about the working condition.

    Veterans Benefits Administration2016-11-25
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