Transparency has never been clearer: What is it like to work at VA?


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Wouldn’t it be great if you could learn about a company’s culture before you apply? Imagine, if a jobseeker had the opportunity to talk to former and current employees to get valuable insights about benefits and culture.

As a leader, I would like to be able to review input from candidates and employees, past and present. What is everyone thinking? Why did they really leave? What can I do to improve job satisfaction in my department? I wonder what external candidates think about our interviewing process? Does our staff feel valued by our customers? Does our staff take pride in serving our customers?
Below is a small sample of current and past employee’s genuine thoughts about our organization’s workplace culture.

• The culture of the workplace is relaxed, but professional.

• The hardest part of the job for me was staying professional on the phone while being cursed out.

• Teamwork is great. The staff are worth their weight in gold. All government places should be trained this way. The boss is never looking down on you but is there helping hold you up and helping you learn.

• People need to work together, work culture needs help, and morale is low. Also, there is not a steady S.O.P. (Standing Operating Procedure) to follow for guidelines and instructions.

• The work culture is also well-ordered due to federal regulations. The hardest part of my job was the disciplinary actions that were required by federal regulations.

• A great place to work to serve those who have provided a great service to our country. A great place for young people to grow up the career ladder. An awesome way to network.

• Systemically ordering difficulties of needed supplies for the veterans and culture was the hardest part of the job.

• Dealing with veterans and spouses. It is good to work with veterans, since I am one myself. I really enjoy it daily.

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Before you apply for that next position or decide that VA is not what you thought it was, be sure to research VA and hear from actual staff. Then, and only then, form YOUR opinion. And if you are a manager in VA, these sources are awesome tools to identify areas for improvement. And then I encourage you to not be a “taker”, but be a “giver” too. Share your valuable knowledge and experience that we all may #MakeTheDifference. Oh, complete your reviews on a good day… :).

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  1. RN- Puerto Rico    

    Hello, VA Caribbean Healthcare System and US VA needs to STOP their DISCRIMINATION to RN without the accreditation of ACEN or CCNE . We are ALL the same. This Need to STOP. People like me, wants to work here and they are automaticaly REJECTED, BECAUSE OF THIS. I love VA and I did my Surgical Technician practice there, the experience was awesome, also all my documents and finger prints are there. But now with this requirement of the acreditation we are feeling the discrimination… I sent several messages asking for information of what else do I need to be considered for work on VA Caribbean facilities but NO responsed have been received.

  2. Dr. Barbara West    

    TheVA is wonderful for Nurses unless you are a
    Black nurse with a advanced degree! The minority
    Nurses in management are mostly Filipino. They
    seem to do well in the VA because they usually do
    what they are told and don’t question authority. I work st the VA only because I am retired military and
    want to add to my retirement. This is true at my
    VA in San Diego!

  3. Jarvus Woods    

    Just like to find a way to work for the federal government to fits their needs

  4. Victor R Sellers    

    It shouldn’t take six nurses to change a bandaid with 3 supervisors looking over the procedure while another reads the regulations and instructions involved. It’s rediculious. The same with the rating officers deciding which disabled vets to deny, the blind and limbless or paraplegics. Their disabilities are totally different and require a whole different book on procedures for rating them, even those disabilities both are from them same explosion. It is averaging 6 years on their appeals for service connection because a “Line of Duty” wasn’t done on them, so the VA will need to review the video of explosion for facial recognition of the ill soldiers. Both are receiving assistance to use the restroom and be fed, but aid and attendance is in question, and the backlog of claims has created many problems for their survivors. One soldiers medical records were lost and the others are being withheld due to FOIA Regulations allowing the VA to withhold any medical record it chooses, if it determines it could cause embarrassment to another person. It may take decades of litigation to get any media cal information released to acquire any benefits and assistance.

    1. Victor R Sellers    

      Of course this is not a documented case, but is similar to real occasions where the so called backlogs lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for one thing or another. One of my friends I served with in the Army took an armor piercing round through the mouth, taking out his jaw bone. No Apples or corn on the Cobb for him anymore, but it was denied as causing any disability. He went to a congressional hearing in Washington DC and was again denied. “That is a true story”, but Vietnam as still raging. They may have said it as not service connected, did not incurr in service, was not treated in service, and while hospitalized did not complain in service, much like what they said about me. The Army documents these cases, then denies them as even existing. The swamp isn’t shrinking yet!

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