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Virginia Department of Health Reviews

Updated December 6, 2016
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  1. "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


  2. 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


  3. "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


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  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great job, great people - this is a state job and there are benefits that come with having a state job, most importantly is the certainty that there won't be any burst bubbles and you know your work is actually helping people.

    Cons

    This is a state agency which makes them subject to changing political whims in Richmond (which happen frequently) and there is frequently a Dem vs. Repub divide which endanger programs that serve everyone. Something to keep mind of.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the staff more than what is going on in Richmond, because in the end the staff remains after every administration change and focusing on political budgets does absolutely nothing for the people you are trying to serve. I get that this is the old south, but come on!


  8. "Epidemiologist"

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    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will be able to work with multiple types of projects and learn how to navigate less than normal professional relationships.

    Cons

    -Data Systems are terrible inaccurate epidemiologists often report false data intentionally.
    -You Don't actually do real epidemiology be prepared to exports tons of frequencies but not be permitted to do actual analysis
    -Extremely toxic and damaging people thrive and dominate the workforce here, especially in management. Management has no sense of right and wrong will look the other way whenever it benefits them. People treat each other poorly here be prepared to be yelled at ridiculed and even physically threatened/intimidated Never report anything to HR. Reporting anything to HR in this agency just puts a target on your back and they will work in overdrive to A)Shut you down and put you back in line B) Get rid of you
    Epidemiologists are not appreciated here. You are seen as nothing more the a computer performing a function
    Be prepared to have no contact with your supervisor unless they need you to do something for them. You not hear responses to any contact and professional mentorship is non-existant Expect no thank yous. Exceptional work is rewarded with nothing other than more work. Demonstrating competency is dangerous you will be expected to take on an astronomical workload and then deemed incompetent if you cant continue to take on more.

    Advice to Management

    Have a conscious.


  9. "Great local staff. Overall agency management is problematic."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many people are in there for the right reasons. Local and program specific teams are generally pretty functional. You have a feeling like you're making a positive impact on the community.

    Cons

    State government and the agency itself does not treat long-term employees well. Additionally, VDH has a central office that is quite disconnected from its local health districts. They have a long way to go to turn around their organizational culture.


  10. "WIC"

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    Current Employee - Nutritionist Assistant in Oxon Hill, MD
    Current Employee - Nutritionist Assistant in Oxon Hill, MD

    I have been working at Virginia Department of Health (More than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits and great leave time

    Cons

    pay is twice a month , no room for growth, no raises, no over time, set salary

    Advice to Management

    create more room for growth


  11. "Epidemiology Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits, open door environment, professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Small workspace, slow HR department, not a lot of opportunities for upward mobility/advancement



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