Research Coordinator (Former Employee) – April 8, 2011
Terrible management. Extremely expensive benefits. You can get the same job at UCSD, twice the benefits, none of the hassle and difficulty with timesheets. And no one from HR treating you like a crook when you try and get health insurance for your family.
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – February 1, 2017
I was able to work in a multitude of departments and developed a lot of different skills. I loved my coworkers and we felt like a family. Management was not as friendly but gave us many benefits and time for personal stuff.
administrator (Current Employee) – San Deigo – October 28, 2015
The hardest part of the job is going thru the processes that are labor intensive due to government regulations. There is no solution if you are doing business with a government entity. The working conditions are very good, clean building, nice areas to take breaks. The work can be challenging, which is good if you want to learn and there is a healthy focus on work life balance Co-workers are great, everyone seems to have a passion for doing what they are doing and the frustrations are secondary to the satisfaction of successfully doing the job The parking sucks as it does for most businesses in the area but there is a shuttle service that's not so bad
Accountant (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – June 1, 2014
This organization does not value its employees. They micromanage to a point of insanity. There is no room for advancement or career growth. They do not invest in their employees or their employees' development. The monitor professional-level staff's time like they were minimum wage workers at a McDonalds. Constantly looking to place blame rather the being constructive or supportive. Management is highly unprofessional and talks poorly about their employees to other employees behind their backs. Extreme opposition to any change to bring their systems, polices, and procedures into modern times or to make operations more efficient. You have to take a shuttle bus from a park and ride way out on Miramar road to and from the VA it adds over 40 minutes to your community daily, and they are extremely inflexible about scheduling to accommodate this huge inconvenience. They do not allow any schedule flexibility and make you feel like a criminal for taking a day off. Truly the worst place I have ever worked.
No schedule flexibility, antiquated management, systems, and polices, unprofessional and unhappy work environment, no room for career growth, time consuming shuttle to and from work
Contracts & Grants (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 8, 2012
VMRF is a great place to work with a lot of opportunity-- to learn, to grow, to advance, and most importantly to contribute in a way that makes a difference to a greater good, the Veterans. The pay and benefits are slightly lower than other research institutions, but the environment is very good.