Most likely you will be treated as nothing more than a worker. Most management have no idea how to treat people. They do offer great benefits and its almost impossible to get fired. This is a perfect job for people getting ready to retire because no matter how hard or ho less you work you wont get recognition. They plays favorites and its not what you know, but whom you know. They do not care about your education and advancing it does little for your career. They reward time in service and not education nor hard work. There are so many rules and regulations that no one really knows what they mean anymore.
Job security, benefits
pay much lower than outside, managers, nothing happens quick, so much Red Tape
I have been an employee at the VA for almost 10 years. And it has gotten worse, there are so many politics, it is more about numbers and less about the Veterans or staff. Staff have no rights what so ever. This is the only place as a professional I have ever worked were I have been cussed out, yelled at, assaulted and the patient stays within the practice and absolutely nothing is done. The job is easy but the emotional and mental stress are too much. And NO ONE!!!! seems to care that employees are dropping like flies or getting smart and quitting. Not to mention that the pay doesn't go up but benefits have and the cost of living has. There is little room for advancement, so you are stuck in a dead end position. As an LPN you are replaceable. I have set in meeting when the nurse executive says Nurses and LPN's, that shows that my hard work isn't valued. The LPN's work primarily all clinics and do the work that no one else is willing to do. But they remain an unvalued member of the healthcare team.
Productive work environment, supportive leadership, quality work-life blanace
Sr. Information Security Engineer (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – January 4, 2016
The VA served as a phenomenal pivoting point for my career. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Senior leadership with very engaging and always supportive, as were co-workers and staff. I most enjoyed the ability to be at the cutting edge of emerging security technologies, both offensive and defensive. The only challenge I can attest to is the tendency for interdepartmental communications taking a great deal of time, given the very large nature of their IT infrastructure and number of divisions.
Comfortable work environment, competitive compensation, flexibility
Administrative (Former Employee) – Fort Harrison, MT 59636 – February 22, 2016
The management is very bad. There is no internal advancement, they like to hire new instead of there own people already there. There is also a culture of fast and loose with the regulations. It seems the workers meaning GS4 to GS 9's were very knowledgeable but they did not make the ultimate decisions sadly.
Field Examiner (Former Employee) – Newark, NJ – February 2, 2016
Department of Veteran Affairs was one of the greatest places I have ever worked. I loved every minute of it. It was a great experience to serve those who served this country. You never have to work a day in your life if you like what you do.
compensation, benefits, work life and family life balance, good working environment
Accountant (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – March 28, 2016
Veterans Affairs was a unique place to be employed. The salary and benefits were very competitive, however the structure of the organization from my vantage point needed to be updated. There should have been greater opportunities for team building to enhance overall performance of the employees.
Accounts Recievable (Current Employee) – St. Paul, MN – March 25, 2016
My favorite part about this job is that you are treated as a trusted employee and are able to do your job without management breathing down your neck. I am learning something new day-in and day-out and there is always work to be done. Job security is another great part of the job with much potential for advancement.
Opportunity for continued learning experience and challenges
Medical support Assistant (Former Employee) – Appleton, WI – February 25, 2016
Good friendly place to work for. Provided learning experiences as well as challenges. Multi-tasked to complete daily duties. Scheduled lunch times and breaks. Excellent working opportunity to work with people. Time management is required and employees are willing to work together to accomplish daily tasks and share knowledge/skills.
Veteran Claims Representative II (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 2, 2016
There is a passion for serving veterans and their families and the ability to help with a successful claim process is a truly rewarding experience. Our team works together and independently to formulate avenues for veterans to be awarded with VA veterans benefits. I review backlog service connection claims and help to move them forward for rating purposes. The most difficult part of the job is not being able to get a veteran granted benefits. The most enjoyable part of the job is helping veterans every single day. Management has taught me that hard work pays off through example.
Assistant Director (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – January 31, 2016
Sure, the pace of change and innovation in government can be slow. However, with hard work and creativity those with vision, true desire for change, and patience can make a lasting difference. A great number of talented individuals work here and sometimes all that is needed is a leader willing to remove bureaucratic obstacles. One would be challenged to find a better work life/balance given the hours and high salary.
medical support assistant (Current Employee) – Wilmington, DE – November 10, 2015
Busy, have to be able to multi-task. Working with a high geriatric population that can have lots of challenges. Hard of hearing and sometimes cannot understand technology. There is something to do from open to close and the tasks are never-ending. I've learned a lot about military life and challenges they face. Management is good and easy to work with. They tell you your job duties and trust you to do them. My co-workers and I work as a team. I am a person that likes to complete tasks but I have to keep in mind that it's never-ending which can be maddening. Its very satisfactory to know that I am helping those who served who wrote a check to the government up to and including their lives. Now I can give back.
Making sure the Veterans would received the help they needed.
General Office Assistant (Former Employee) – Baltimore, MD – November 27, 2015
Providing benefits for the Veterans and making sure they understood the benefits they would be receiving once approved. I learned how to conduct Group Orientations and third party billing. I enjoyed working with the management because they were team players. Co-workers some of them were not team players. The hardest part of the job was when the Veterans wasn't approved for the benefits. The most enjoyable part of the job was when I help with events.
Good starting job for a federal civil Service position
Medical Support Assistant (Former Employee) – Beckley, WV – December 30, 2015
The rating scale pretty much sums up their general profile. It's NOT a company-it's the federal government! I learned many things about how government operates, while attaining many additional skill-sets. I do miss the people, but not the bio-hazards I was regularly exposed to!
No room for advancement without political, nepotistic or patronage-related, connections.
Administrative Employee (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – October 22, 2015
A typical day was fast paced with a lot of routine duties. Duties were mostly fiscal but interaction with veterans was a daily occurrence. Because of this, I had the opportunity to see first hand the difficulties facing our veterans today. The rewards were great and sometimes difficult to deal with, as I watched them deal with their disabilities. Regarding management, as with any branch of the government it had its deficits, overall management did the best they could considering the fiscal limitations. My co-workers were mostly veterans and I found a sense of brotherhood and a dedicated work force. The hardest part of the job was dealing with constant change and uncertainty regarding annual fiscal policy. The most enjoyable part of my job was the friendships I forged over my many years of service.
Food Service Worker (Current Employee) – Lebanon, PA – February 25, 2016
Part time 30hrs is only 15 hours a week, they don't tell you its 30hrs a pay period. Nice place but management say the will help you but they do not. I am currently in the position of loosing everything and need more hours and they post this job on here, so this is helping me. Also by the time they take all deductions, I have less than $40.00, just enough to fill my tank. I am so disappointed in my supervisor and the current HR specialist which I have expressed my current situation too.
competing priorities and deadlines on a daily basis
Supervisory Program Analyst (Current Employee) – Cleveland, OH – January 3, 2016
I love the VA and the mission we serve. I am a military veteran proud to serve other military veterans. Serious business, serious work, production environment. Hardest part of the job is motivating other employees who are not as dedicated to the cause.