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Being flexible and successful in a productive organization
Director (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMMay 22, 2019
On a typical day, you can expect things will not go as planned because higher headquarters provide guidance to perfect the mission. I've learned that flexibility is the key to managing an organization. The workplace is like a family because everyone supports each other in the workplace. The hardest part of the job is keeping up with current technology changes that apply to the current operating system. The most enjoyable part of the job is providing benefits to Veterans and their families because of the sacrifices the Veterans made toward the freedom of this great nation.
Pros
After 15 years of service you receive 8 hour of leave per pay period
Cons
Mostly constant change and high stress.
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Great work enviroment !!!
Lead Civilian Pay Technician (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMay 21, 2019
The Department Of Veterans Affair is a great place to work. They offer free transportation to work via metro bus & commuter bus & metro. The benfits & pay is excellent.
Pros
discounted lunch
Cons
being located in a hospital
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Nice organization.
Housekeeping (Current Employee) –  Hampton, VAMay 20, 2019
Co workers are friendly. Management is ok. Can take off as needed. Pay could be better. Benefits are offered but because pay is low cannot afford to pay policy.
Pros
Liberal leave
Cons
No advancement!
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5.0
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Stay busy
Social Work Intern (Former Employee) –  Durham, NCMay 19, 2019
Good benefits. I was only an intern here so I am not certain of the culture/benefits. I have to type at least 150 characters. They keep you busy. It was cool.
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1.0
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Management is horrible
Cleaning (Current Employee) –  Northport, NYMay 19, 2019
Not a well run place, it's all micro management which doesn't work in business, and management treats employees like low forms of life, and even treating the veterans who work there horrible, to much bs for a low paying job,
Pros
Benifits and helping the vets
Cons
Management, its who you know
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5.0
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Great Career
Insurance Specialist (Current Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAMay 19, 2019
The Department of Veteran Affairs is a great place to work at. The benefits are very good and advancement is not hard to come by if you work very well. It's a great place where you can plan to retire from.
Pros
It's a Federal Job
Cons
The probation period is 1 year.
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4.0
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Fulfilling Career
Pipefitter/Plumber (Former Employee) –  Denver, COMay 18, 2019
In the end analysis, there aren't many more honorable causes. I was charged with the maintenance and upkeep of the mechanical piping systems in an aged building. It was challenging, and my reward was success at repairing problems that disrupted patient care and staff operations. A typical day at work was spent addressing the many various mechanical difficulties which would frequently arise. I learned how to identify components of and operation of five pipe systems, while being paid steadily, if not generously.

Be grateful if you have supportive management. I didn't. I'm quite sure that workplace culture would vary widely by departments, which only infrequently interacts with one another. The hardest part of the job was obstacle adversity, both structurally embedded and artificially imposed. I'm being deliberately vague. I'm inclined to view the experience positively, despite the few negative events that happened to me personally. I would recommend the VA to anyone seeking a stable and advantageous job path which reciprocates more evenly than other choices might.

Health insurance isn't a benefit added to salary; employees are expected to purchase health insurance from their salary. Caveat emptor.
Pros
Generous time off with annual leave
Cons
Sycophancy, preferentialism, cronyism, apathy.
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5.0
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Productive and enjoyable work place
Decision Review Officer (Former Employee) –  Huntington, WV 25701May 17, 2019
Productive and enjoyable work place. Comfortable. Customer oriented. Overall good moral. Trying work at times but very rewarding. Eight hour days with occasional overtime.
Pros
Paid vacations
Cons
Short breaks and lunches
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horrible uncaring management
Veterans Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 16, 2019
For a job that is all about helping people, it's amazing how little management cares about its customers and employees (often one in the same). It's all an elaborate numbers game with the rules changing constantly. I was saddened to see how older WW2 and especially Vietnam era vets are treated.
Pros
Fed job, fed benefits.
Cons
No individual is truly valued, just another body to pump out work quickly.
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2.0
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Robotics
Clinical Psychologist (Former Employee) –  Nueces County, TXMay 15, 2019
Forget the autonomy of being a licensed professional with autonomous treatment planning. Churn out numbers to show the freeloading management that you are being “productive”. See 10-20 patients a day or eventually be fired.
Pros
Salary is good for the geo
Cons
Just about everything else. It is like being in the military; maybe worse.
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5.0
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Veteran Service Rep
VETERAN SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE (Current Employee) –  Columbia, SCMay 15, 2019
Like any job, the VA is what you make of it. If you do the work you will get your timed advances. You do your work and no one messes with you. Great benefits, after a year you can work from home and they provide everything for you that you will need.
Pros
Work from home, great raises after a time, pick your work times
Cons
have to do many trainings, some time away required for other trainings
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4.0
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Very Good
Peer Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Viera opc Fl.May 10, 2019
Working for the VA was a highly rewarding experiencing for me. It gave the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. I was surrounded by highly motivated co-workers through out the VA.
Pros
Great people and benifits.
Cons
Upward mobility
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2.0
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Stressful place to work
Rating Veterans Service Representative, GS-12 (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTApril 28, 2019
good pay with great benefits but stressful place to work. Constant changes, poor leadership, confusing guidelines and a lot of infighting and politics.
Pros
good pay
Cons
stressful place
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4.0
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Great coworkers, lousy pay
Police Officer (Current Employee) –  Loma Linda, CAApril 27, 2019
The people within the department are awesome and make me look forward to coming to work. The job itself is low stress and allows you to create your own work. Benefits are good but the pay is the lowest in the Southern California area (and within the VISN). Career progression is there if you interview well, but with few positions available it could take a while to move up. Training opportunities are available for officers to take advantage of.
Pros
Excellent coworkers, good benefits and low stress.
Cons
low pay.
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2.0
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fifty-fifty
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Durham, NCApril 24, 2019
Some days the VA can be good but other days it's very stressful. Depending on your boss it can be a great place to work or not so great.
i have been here for years and it's very hard to get promoted.
Pros
the benefits are great
Cons
mandatory overtime, regardless of what you have planned in your personal life i.e. travel, vacation, shows.
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5.0
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A great palce to work.
Safety and Occupational Health Specialist (Former Employee) –  Danville, ILApril 24, 2019
People and workplace culture were great. Learned that safety is paramount. Management very helpful. Always had the tools (computer hardware, and software) for the job. Company provided training when needed.
Pros
Training
Cons
Benefits, Healthcare
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4.0
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Interesting
Civilian Payroll Technician (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORApril 24, 2019
While working here it has been interesting and very time constrictive. The worst part is the commute of over 2 hrs. per day to and from home. Needs to allow some leniency related to that as public transportation is very much a necessity.
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4.0
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Stable employment
Employee Relations/Labor Relations Specialist (Current Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAApril 24, 2019
Working for the Federal Government provides a stable work environment although not as dynamic as the private sector. However there are many protections for workers with union membership available to many employees. Working at the Veterans Administration is a deep honor to work with those who served the nation. There are several employees who take advantage of the work environment, but there are far more dedicated employees who work to serve those who served.
Pros
Stable work environment good benefits
Cons
Pay may not match the private sector
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Not a good place to be
Customer Support Manager (Former Employee) –  North Chicago, ILApril 23, 2019
Managers at the location where I worked did not want the best people, they wanted the kiss ups. Leadership had no use for you if they could not control you and would black ball. Management controls what is done within the department. If you don’t play ball with them, they would go out of their way to make you look bad. It’s their world and they know that you cannot not prove how bad life at the va really is, all Department’s should be investigated.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Bad leadership
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3.0
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stressful
Advanced Medical Support Assistant (Current Employee) –  Tucson ArizonaApril 22, 2019
The VA is very short staffed so everyone is over worked and sometimes things get very stressful, and it may feel like nobody knows what they are doing. The job isnt hard, its just so short handed
Pros
benefits
Cons
short staffed and over worked
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