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Virginia Department of Health Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Comfortable place to work"

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    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good state benefits, and generally kind coworkers who care about the populations they work with and want to make a difference

    Cons

    Raises are rare and inflexible as a state employee, take-home pay is lower than private sector, many long-time employees seem bored or burnt out and there is not much room to move up. People lose incentive to learn new skills when they realize they won't be compensated proportionately.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to actually understand what staff several paybands below you actually do on a daily basis. There's a big disconnect between upper management and 90% of VDH staff.


  2. "Great Work for low pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You are really serving a community that needs and wants help. You are able to work to improve the health of virginian's past, present, and future.

    Cons

    The pay is unfair and the work load is HEAVY. requiring time out of the office, late nights and some weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Please make salaries comparable for all employees in the same position with similar education and knowledge. The gap is too big

  3. "MRC Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and able to think freely to develop strong programs within the community

    Cons

    Salary for employees. Government employees deserve more than a 3% increase everyone works hard and retention of good employees will be difficult.


  4. "Great Cause, Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, stable work hours, holidays.

    Cons

    Low pay, overworked (understaffed for the amount of clients served)


  5. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Virginia Department of Health (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly workplace.
    Lax hours.
    Got to get involved with the community

    Cons

    Dry work.
    Building is depressing. Few windows and fluorescent lighting.


  6. "Great Stability, Salary Not Competitive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    The ability to work and effect positive change in your community is a much valued benefit of working for VDH. There are many opportunities to learn about different aspects of public health and this is a great place to start out as a new practitioner.

    Cons

    Salary/compensation is lacking, raises are essentially non existent
    Inundated with paperwork
    Archaic charting system

    Advice to Management

    Decrease redundancies in administrative tasks for employees who are already working to the limit on a shoestring budget


  7. Helpful (1)

    "EHS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    Variety in job duties, work with good people, relaxed environment, good practical experience, security and benefits associated with government work

    Cons

    Poor communication from management, low morale amongst line employees, poor perception of local senior management, not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more effectively with supervisors and line staff. Ask for input from line staff when possible. Recognize that newer staff might not have as much technical expertise as more seasoned staff, but may still have value in problem solving

  8. "RD/Nutritionist"

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    Former Employee - RD/Nutritionist in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - RD/Nutritionist in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Virginia Department of Health (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Excellent support from the State Central Office. Good training. Good place to acquire knowledge in the field of public health.

    Cons

    Stagnant salaries and not much room for vertical or lateral growth


  9. "Medical assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health part-time

    Pros

    Love to interact with patients and giving excellent patient care. Advocate for better standards of care and bedside empathy for patients and their families.

    Cons

    Not a full time employment.

    Advice to Management

    Have for full time employment


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here!"

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    Former Employee - Office Services Specialist in Suffolk, VA
    Former Employee - Office Services Specialist in Suffolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Virginia Department of Health (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job Security, Monday-Friday hours, occasional Saturday during peak times, job security, job security, job security

    Cons

    Low pay, rude management, no room for growth, no raises, No internal growth, Only hire from outside to get you in the door and then they could care less about you, HR is horrible


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