VA Puget Sound Health Care System

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VA Puget Sound Health Care System Reviews

Updated 12 September, 2014
Updated 12 September, 2014
15 Reviews
3.4
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Does Not Reward Good Work Ethic, Encourages Laziness and Sub-par Employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility and relationship with Supervisor at least in my position

    Cons

    The HR process is painfully slow. Took 6 months to get hired and has taken 5 months to receive a promotion to a new job 2 desks over. Encourages young, talented people to get fed-up and move on to private companies, encourages older employees, many of which are lazy and are set in their ways to stay at the VA until retirement. No risk of getting fired or even reprimanded for doing a poor job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Emergency Medicine PA in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Emergency Medicine PA in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    lots of support staff, learning environment

    Cons

    limited womens health, no children

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Food Service Worker

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    Former Employee - Food Service Worker in Dublin, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Food Service Worker in Dublin, GA (US)

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work at

    Cons

    Need to pay the NA workers more money

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was enriching and very thought provoking, just to be there with other veterans especially those who have accomplished

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    Current Employee - CWT Comoensated Work Therapy in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - CWT Comoensated Work Therapy in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the veterans that served in different wars

    Cons

    I really didn't have anything bad to say other than they have a lot more work to do for the vets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to listen to the voices of heroes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I worked with a lot of good people.

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    Former Employee - Research Biologist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Biologist in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The parking used to be a Pro but not anymore.

    Cons

    Since this job is grant supported it is difficult to get funding these days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Somewhat chaotic...Management could be stronger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    Flexible schedules
    Most people are friendly
    Salary above minimum wage

    Cons

    Supervisors failed to solve staffing problems and issues in reasonable time
    Very little accountability for bad performance
    Hospital holds onto bad employees instead of letting them go
    Felt like good workers go unrecognized, but are given more work to make up for the failings of other employees
    Nepotism in hiring of some positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who the good employees are and give them a reason to stay
    Figure out who the low performing, problematic employees are and get rid of them
    Management should take more control to solve everyday problems that linger on

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk
    Current Employee - Clerk

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    Being able to interact with veterans.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work load can become too much. Sometimes patients get mad with rules beyond anyone's control at the VA but Congress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the staff.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to work!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Information Specialist in Topeka, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Visual Information Specialist in Topeka, KS (US)

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    The pay is great, the benefits are even better, and working for Veterans makes a person feel good at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Most employees have been here for years. Almost everyone knows everyone else. A new person can find it difficult to integrate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I personally feel they need to embrace change and technology more. Healthcare is a fast paced environment. Change is inevitable.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great pay and benefits if you can tolerate the boredom and mediocrity

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are unmatched by private sector

    Cons

    culture of mediocrity is tolerated and encouraged, making waves or working too hard often backfires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop counting the days until retirement and start looking for ways to improve morale and culture around here

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A fair assessment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, LA (US)

    I have been working at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Pros

    The benefits are better than private sector employers. The insurance is decent, the pay is consistent, but the management is horrible. I think too many kneejerk reactions are exercised, due to the lack of proper planning.

    Cons

    The level of education isn't stressed as much as in the private sector - typically diminishing the potential for productivity and effective leadership. I understand that even people with specialized education aren't all the best; however, the experience combined with the education is a better foundation for one to contribute effectively to an organization. The "good ole boy" system is employed entirely too much in the federal sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage in training and continuing education to stay abroad of current business practices.

    No opinion of CEO

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