Pros: Flexible Schedule Available
Cons: High Stress Work Environement
Albeit this is an environment where those of us in the acquisitions and contracting community can excel and move forward while serving your countries veterans, the general work environment at this time is challenging. Not only is senior management not accountable for the things they do or lack there of, everything nowadays is in response to the political environment which is currently in turnmoil in regards to the VA. All the uncertainty and response to negative headlines has a negative affect on the workforce and the actions taken by senior management which does not really address the issues. Budget cuts also put a strain on those of us with strenuous positions. There is no cash incentive for those of us working extremely hard or enough recources coupled with the fact you may be moved around or the constant threat of staff cuts. Co-workers are generally very pleasant and hard working. A typical day runs about nine hours if you are working a flex schedule and they are extremly busy if you work in contracting. You will not have a day that does not have multiple meetings, phone calls, numberous emails etc. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that the end result of what you do is directly affecting the veterans who need service in a possitive way. Although everyone wants to excell professionally, we really do it for the veterans. I am contantly learing on the job, if it relates to the acquistions systems we use or contract law. Never a dull day for sure. Management can be hit or miss, some managers are very effective, especially those at the employee level. All that changes the higher you go up the chain. All in all it is a rewarding place to work if you work in the contracting or acquisition fields, you can definately excell if you are willing to study and work hard. If you care about this countries verterans and you are willing to get out what you put in it can be a rewarding place to work for sure.