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.
Generous time off with annual leave
Sycophancy, preferentialism, cronyism, apathy.