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US Department of Veterans Affairs Reviews

Updated 17 January, 2019
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie
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  • "So many employees would be fired in a heartbeat if they did this in the private sector" (in 74 reviews)

  • "Upper management is a complete mess" (in 69 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place for Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good growth potential. Hard work recognized by upper management. Good benefits and paid time off plans

    Cons

    Patient population is specific.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Long hiring process. Interview in August. Heard 3 weeks later. Did not get vetted until February. Started a month later."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with. Love working with Vets and their families.

    Cons

    no promotion potential. In my location nurses who do not have their Masters are automatically disqualified for Nurse 3. No merit steps given either. Discouraging.
    Also too much paperwork and forms. Everything is tracked.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp promotion potential for clinical nurses

  3. "Easy work however not always a good work environment"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PAY - competitive, shift and weekend differential is the BEST anywhere
    10 paid holidays a year
    EASY work with low patient-RN ratios
    No being sent home based on low census
    Great benefits - (401k matching, retirement, health, dental and vision insurance, etc)

    Cons

    Raises - only get a step increase every other year
    Difficult to advance to Nurse III - even with a Master's Degree!
    HAVE to monitor paycheck as they frequently get it incorrect then debit your check without notice - has gotten better with the new system.
    EMR is horrible - ED has one area to chart meds; ICUs have a totally different EMR and medication admin system so med/surg units can't see ANY of it as we don't have ICU access.
    Revolving door of same patients. SO many frequent flyers especially for ETOH - you see abuse of the system daily.

    Probably the MOST frustrating thing is there is no punishment or consequences for lazy or abusive workers. So many employees would be fired in a heartbeat if they did this in the private sector! ie being habitually late, workers coming to the unit and saying they're not going to do this or that even tho it's within their job description and basic duties, etc.

    Most units have the VA rotating schedule - which is a disadvantage to night shift workers - on two, off two, on three rotating - additionally your schedule is set - there is NO self scheduling like the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    GET RID OF BAD EMPLOYEES! creates a negative environment


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Recommends

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good opportunities for growth. Strong in-office culture. collaborative.

    Cons

    beaurocracy can be difficult to manage. Politics in-office difficult to manage.


  5. "Network Administrator software hardware"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Lakeville, MN (US)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Lakeville, MN (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great budget
    Large operation
    Awesome systems
    Extended warranty

    Cons

    Behind technology
    Lack of IT Staff
    No cross training


  6. "Vys"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time

    Pros

    Great management They work with your schedule

    Cons

    Hours rotating shifts. No weekends


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Uhhhh, it's good."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to help others.

    Cons

    They have bad funding because Trump sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Don't become a janitor.

  8. "Medical Instrument Tech"

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    Former Employee - Medical Instrument Tech in Mountain Home, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Medical Instrument Tech in Mountain Home, TN (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and AFGE Union support once you’ve been working fir 12 months

    Cons

    Bad Supervisors are not dealt with by administration.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they have the courage to speak up against bad management.


  9. "Medical Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Medical Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Medical Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A good place to work for and employees are great

    Cons

    working for ATP 2 bad management did appreciate their employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Veterans Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Helena, MT (US)
    Current Employee - Veteran Service Representative in Helena, MT (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Federal benefits are unsurpassed. Excellent flexibility for work-home life.

    Cons

    Extreme standards for productivity and quality.