If you were in charge, what would you do to make Department of Veterans Affairs a better place to work?
Do my job. Listen to staff. Walk through the facility. Don’t allow relationships on units like 63 in Augusta. Investigate. Investigate. Investigate.
What is the work environment and culture like at Department of Veterans Affairs?
Tiptoe on unit 63 around a group of females who run the unit like it’s their own personnel playground. Don’t let couples on the unit together. It’s causes drama.
What advice would you give the CEO of Department of Veterans Affairs about how to improve it?
I am a disabled veteran and have applied for many jobs, was referred but never called for an interview nor hired, in my opinion, the VA need to start hiring the vets that have preferences and stop hiring their family members, we as vets really doesn’t stand a chance. I think it’s really sad that a person serve their country for over 20 years and they can’t even get a job honestly because the system is broken and the hiring authority hires who they know. That’s all you hear when applying for a job at the VA, it’s all in who you know not what you know. THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND SHOULD BE FIXED ASAP!
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Department of Veterans Affairs? What are the steps along the way?
1/25: Interviewed for the position, 2/14: Received call from hiring manager that I was selected for position, 3/17: Received Tentative Offer via phone call and email, 3/20: Completed background check paperwork, pre-employment physical (no drug test), fingerprinting, photos for ID cards, 6/18: Received Firm Offer for position, 7/6: Start date and Orientation
Unfair. If they already have someone, or a friend or a relative they give you the hardest questions they can find. Bay Pines VA.
No, you do NOT need to be a veteran, nor related to one. Either as a WG or GS. With that being said, you will find a tension within the VAMCs. That what you heard is a normal either misinformation/disinformation communication process going on. Try volunteering while working within your field (civilian) sector, and networking within the field. And apply elsewhere also. Some VAMCs are highly clicking, so think small town, even in a large city.
And add as many experiences towards the job to be selected as possible, and practice the interview style used within the VAMC, as a outline on what they are seeking in your field. Look at the other people working there, and see if it is a cultural fit, house and car included.
I agree that they are not focused in hiring Veterans. I have been in the IT field for over 22 years, a combat veteran with disabilities, and even in the VR&E program and they didn’t even acknowledge my resume packaged. I’ve gone for over 4 roles with no follow up. The issue is the VA began to pull in outside consulting and non Veterans or non Ex Military, and they are exploiting our opportunities. I may actually do a poll to see how many veterans actually end up in good positions with the VA in the recent past 5 years.