Department of Veterans Affairs
Happiness rating is 65 out of 100
3.3 out of 5 stars.
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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.
Pros
Fair retirement savings matching, Good choices of health care benefits
Cons
Limitless possibilities to be in trouble
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VA is consistently rated worst place to work in government. The culture is terrible, the management is terrible, the VACO building is depressing. Glad I escaped, everybody wanted out of there.
Pros
Federal service
Cons
Terrible work culture
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It all depends on who you know. They hire people who are not qualified for the position. Their is no room for advancement and or growth. It is a very stressful environment.
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Good Benefits
Cons
Horrible Work environment
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Always putting the best interest for the veterans whether compensation or education. I felt the passion and integrity displayed very well. And thankful for the opportunity to be part of serving them.
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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.
Pros
Only saving grace is the mission to help veterans
Cons
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.
Pros
Government Holidays Off
Cons
Lack of Leadership, and very slow to fill positions
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Senior mgmt sucks (directors). Always crossed inappropriate boundaries in regards to an employees personal life. Love my time sith the VA in ch 31 svcs voc rehab.
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Very political regarding capability for career advancement. Qualifications not always viewed when trying to transfer or move up. Heavy patient loads.
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Guaranteed hours
Cons
Difficult environment
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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.
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Flexibility
Cons
Micro-managing Supervisors / Inconsistency in regulations / Horrible programs
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Working for the VA was a fulfilling job. Being able to help people that fought for our country meant a lot to me. I regret leaving there. The vets appreciated me
Pros
Helping vets, co workers
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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.
Pros
It is hard to get fired
Cons
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.
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Loved helping veterans and their dependents with compensation and other benefits Poor management from the top down Nepotism Favoritism Senseless backlog of cases
Pros
Salary, benefits
Cons
Management turn over, bureaucracy
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Great Long term employment opportunities, depending on what kind of Department you work in you may not get to take enough time off. The Federal Government has a great benefit package.
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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.
Pros
Work from home, alot of good people
Cons
Fluid learning environment.
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Never ending support team, encourages you go back to school, paid training. Always doing clinical evidenced based recognizes your effort and hard worked
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Not fairly looked at for promotion depends on area and city and state you work in. Relatives promoting family. Management is not helpful in getting you promoted
Pros
Government job
Cons
Racism
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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.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Leadership is in coo hooks with the Union
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This could be a great place to work but leadership is lacks integrity. Discrimination is a common practice with very very little accountability. Much improvement is needed.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Management
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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.
Pros
Good coworkers, great schedule
Cons
Management
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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 .
Pros
Stable work
Cons
Must be a vet
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Management recognizes employees talent. VA believes in employee involvement with VA patients, getting involved with drug inspections and other activities.
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Benefits
Cons
Short lunches
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