This was not the type of work environment I would recommend to anyone
Housekeeping Aide (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – November 27, 2017
I would come in approx. 2:12pm,then go to the ladies locker room to put on my uniform if I did'nt already have it on and put away my personal effects. I would then stop by the Housekeeping office to sign in and pick up the keys for my assigned area, which for me was the Emergency Room practically the entire time I worked at the Decatur Hospital. I would then prepare the cleaning cart I would be using throughout my shift. I would then proceed to assess the bathrooms in the Emergency room area to determine if they needed attention. I learned the people basically the same wherever you go.They will usually go along with the consensus of the majority. The Management in my area usually wanted to take the path of least resistance as in my case since I did not make trouble, or constantly complain, I was practically ignored, even when I would occasionally bring to their attention problems that I encountered. The hardest part of my job was working alone. I was never offered assistance even though the job assignments and work load was obviously overwhelming. I can not honestly say that there was an enjoyable part of my job. I felt harassed for reasons I believe were for personal standards I have that werre obvious and of which I would not violate for any perks or favors I would receive in return.
Strong "friend and buddy" system drove day to day interaction with managers and supervisors. Rampant favoritism - regardless of work quality and output. Skewed reports produced to show favored employee work volume. Interviews were conducted after new employee selection.
Inexpensive Healthcare Insurance
Highly Political/Buddy System - High Resistance to Improvement
Advanced Medical Support Assistant GS (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – November 27, 2017
A very humbling experience working with the homeless veterans. Being able to assist someone freshly off the street and watch them transform in front of your eyes and translation back into society really warms the heart.
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT 84158 – November 27, 2017
Worked me in higher than grade level duties then denied promotion. As the song goes..they’ll use you, yes and abuse you, they’ll take your soul if you let them, oh but don’t you let them! Favoritism, nepotism, discrimination, unethical behavior.... i started out intensely committed to helping veterans and now see that the very agency whose mission it is to help them treats civilian employees who have integrity with disdain. There are exceptions as i know employees in other divisions who are treated well. If you work there beware and watch your back.
Good benefits and good internship program
Management will throw you under the bus to get their bonuses
HST (Current Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – November 26, 2017
typical day at work would be fine. i have not learned anything knew. management was horrible it was a mess thing where all over the place nothing goes well. the hardest part of work was no team work. no one listened to one another. you are on your own there. the hardest part of the job was they didnt care about the slacker people if you worked your hardest and did one thing wrong they would get on you but if someone who slacks off didnt get anything from making the same mistake. the most enjoyable part is making the residents feel like they where people.
Stressful place to work because of bad LIS & short staffing.
Medical Technologist (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – November 25, 2017
Stressful place to work because of bad LIS & short staffing. Retirement and health benefits are excellent but behind on salary adjustment. Some older workers have bad attitudes which adds to the stress for newbies.
Social Worker (Current Employee) – Wichita, KS – November 23, 2017
Most providers care about veterans and try to do an excellent job. The leaders at the top locally are horrible and scary people who lie and sabotage staff objectives to elevate certain people to higher pay levels. This impacts veteran care on many levels but they ignore service needs and bully staff who question the ethical nature of actions taken. Middle management turnover is ridiculously high. If you have a good supervisor it can be a buffer and manageable. Love for providing care for veterans helps me stay in my position but it's hard to observe the dis function. I worry about being terminated for being ethical and not going along with things that challenge me morally and ethically.
Working with veterans, pay scale, great training opportunities
Stress, poor leadership, poor planning, poor communication
Medical Lab Technician/Lead Phlebotomist (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – November 22, 2017
I worked the typical 8 to 5 lifestyle with no weekends do to being at a outpatient clinic. and all national holidays plus veterans day were observed and PTO. great benefits package and of course veterans preference applies here. I loved working for the VA. I only left because I had to relocate.
the hiring process can take anywhere from 3 to 6+ months
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) – Fayetteville, AR – November 22, 2017
A normal day would consist of receiving medical supplies from ups and fedex from 9-12 and distributing it through out the hospital and other VA's from 1-4.Iv learned how to work at a fast pace and how to do my job efficient on a timely manner and make certain deadlines.