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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
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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.
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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
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Veterans Affairs Field Services Representative I (VSR for the Claims & Benefits Division – NW Region)
Oklahoma City, OK
5 days ago
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.
This employer, at least in Richmond VA. Is lacking a lot of qualities in leadership in certain areas. Don't go there with fresh ideas: Not happening for change. I came from a strong background in leadership in a previous employment. This Emoloyer management does not like for you to be proactive or present something they didn't come up with on their own. Instead of looking at employee who has imitative and who is proactive when you have ask for help and they don't care to get it done... you are embarrased by leadership or you're made to feel it's the worse thing you could have done. Nothing positive between leadership and employees with a brain and knows how to use it.
Leadership is in coo hooks with the Union
It’s not an easy place to work but you have job security and decent pay and benefits. I’ve always had great coworkers. Leadership makes decisions that have no basis in the reality of day to day life from their cozy offices which is tremendously frustrating.
Good coworkers, great schedule
This is a federal government job and the normal culture that comes with being a federal employee is there . Good pay and benefits. Room for advancement if you put in the work. Stable environment to work. Must be a veteran to be hired .
Must be a vet