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.
How do we stack up to our competitors, our peers? We can search for reviews on other companies and compare results just as easily. Don’t get lost; there is a lot to absorb for those excited by charts and facts.
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… :).