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Director & Managers are terrible...they only worry about themselves and how they can look better in front of the public. When a hot topic or issue is brought to light, management does not look to how they can improve or help the situation, they look for a victim, fire them and then glorify the situation in the press. The VA is all about hiring veterans, but they do not take care of their own.
It is a job.
Being a government employee for the VA has its ups and downs. The salary is pretty low for the level of work you do, and raises are based on a bureacractic polices rather than merit, but pension, insurance and other benefits are better than most private sectors. I was hired at a G5 as a college graduate and Marine Corps Veteran, which did not seem fair, but there's a lot of inefficiencies you'll find working for the government. There's a lot of instances of single person committees in a leadership position who will not improve shared annoyances because of their personal feelings. Aside from this, it was an excellent place to work. The staff was very friendly and a community, work was clear cut, although you had to essentially learn a new language, dress code was business casual, and it was just a laid-back, work at your own pace environment with a realistic bar for expected work to be done. They had quite a few holidays off, remote work before 2020, and a lot of events for all of the workers. I would definitely work there again if they paid a little bit better.
Free lunches, potlucks, events, community, smoke breaks, benefits, pension
Low pay, bureacratic nonsense
Wherever life may lead, VA employees can seek employment at a VA facility with an open position and transfer with no loss of benefits. Employees are free to explore new areas of career development and pursue opportunities anywhere within VA.
Flexible schedule, decent pay, remote, retirement, benefits
Less pay than the private sector. Upper management needs to be more transparent.
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To work at the VA you have to want to help veterans. If that is not your goal then you should look elsewhere. Management could definitely use some training when it comes to communication skills. There are far too many times that employees are not kept in the loop about what is going on. Some management are overly concerned with numbers and budgets. Those are important things but they should not be focused on to the detriment of employee advancement, training, placement, and hiring. Helping veterans should be the top priority. In order to do that there needs to be a fully staffed facility with employees that have that goal.
Helping Veterans, Benefits, Medical, Dental, Retirement, Pension
Management, Lack of Communication
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Classic example of do 1 million things right and no one remembers do one thing wrong and no one forgets. Advancement is severely limited. The only way to increase yourPay scale is to go back to college or some other training and reapply at a different position.
Fair retirement savings matching, Good choices of health care benefits
Limitless possibilities to be in trouble
Management is chocked full of government workers promoted to their highest level of incompetence who really push out anyone wanting to change the status quo.
Only saving grace is the mission to help veterans
Low pay and ZERO family life balance
Worked at the VA for 7 mos and the environment was tense and there was no training for the job that I was doing. Job satisfaction was non existent and the staff acted like divas.
Government Holidays Off
Lack of Leadership, and very slow to fill positions
The mission statement is strong but the organizational department I work for is more concerned about numbers then meeting the mission statement. The programs employees are to use to complete job tasks are slow and not functional. The job itself has numerous variables that should be considered on the length of time for completion; but the only thing that's pushed is make your points. The job tasks should not be measured by a point system because of the different variabilities that can take a short time or a long time to establish the work required for each case to include follow-up. The focus becomes more on pushing out production of work rather than focusing on protecting the Veterans' and their families.
Micro-managing Supervisors / Inconsistency in regulations / Horrible programs
Poor culture and management runs everyone away. The hardest part of the job is dealing with leadership. people are here for the wrong reasons instead of Patient care.
It is hard to get fired
Micro manage, no bonuses but leadership makes sure they get one, all they do is constantly lie and make new rules as they go. Morale is super low.
I enjoy working at the VA as I am myself an Veteran, and I can continue to serve helping other Veterans and their family members receive their benefits. Its a diverse group of people depending on the location. San Diego VBA has 80 percent Veteran employees, Waco VBA has 25 percent Veterans. I would perfer the high percent Veteran employee as it has a better vibe to the building and a Veteran employee seem to be better at understanding Veterans. VSR is a position that requires alot of regulation reading and understanding. Sometimes it has its frustration as previous employees work could cause you to receive punitive action. There is constant training to keep you up with the latest and great changes. The VA is good at using metrics to determine error trends and provide station training to correct the issue. Regulation constantly change which always leaves you feel like your a trainee but understandably laws also change which cause adjust to be necessaryTeam switching, once you develop a good relationship with your supervisor you switch to another team without notice or consideration.
Work from home, alot of good people
Fluid learning environment.