Benefits are worth putting up with managerial issues. Apply if you can.
Pros: benefits, good coworkers
Cons: managerial "red tape"
The VA offers the best annual and sick leave benefits around. Plus they still have retirement programs and 401(k) as well. The pay is pretty good, as well, but there is not much chance for upward mobility in the Pharmacy Technician arena. A certified technician (CPhT) will generally stay in the GS-6 pay grade throughout their career, but will receive in grade step promotions every few years. Your coworkers are usually enjoyable, but management, as in all large government operations, tends to "talk the talk, but not walk the walk" when it comes to policies and the VA's own mission statement. If you disagree with management about how their policies affect quality of care for veterans they tend to paint the individual as not a team player and not caring for veterans when nothing could be further from the truth. All in all, if you don't mind the "red tape' associated with government employment I would still recommend a career at the VA. There are good people there who care about our countries veterans and our veterans need good help.