US Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Reviews about "private sector"

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough
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328 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits including sick leave(in 585 reviews)

  • "Good benefits for their employees(in 411 reviews)

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  • "Service only provided to veterans(in 347 reviews)

  • "There's some red tape to navigate(in 203 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      It’s all a wash!

      Nov 3, 2021 - Registered Nurse in Tampa, FL
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      Pros

      Pay less than private sector, minimal chance for advancement unless someone retires, outdated polices and rules

      Cons

      Benefits!!!, Job Security, paid federal holidays

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      MRI Staff Technologist

      Sep 29, 2021 - MRI Technologist in Phoenix, AZ
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      Pros

      It’s government work, secure position after a 1 year probation. Great benefits, 10 government paid holidays, no on call and a pension earned after 5 years working.

      Cons

      The pay is offset by the benefits and potential pension. Less money than the private sector.

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Difficult job, even more difficult employees

      Oct 8, 2021 - Senior Leadership Team in Northport, NY
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      Pros

      Never a dull moment. Plenty of opportunity to tackle challenges far beyond your job description or pay grade.

      Cons

      Cultural/institutional resistance to change, leading to constant breakdowns in meaningful overhaul of a broken system. Constant interference from corrupt politicians using veterans as political capital. Salary far below similar positions in the private sector.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great place to learn and gain experience

      Sep 23, 2021 - Occupational Therapy Student in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      -Lots of opportunities to take educational workshops -Treat interns well -Good hours and good work/life balance -Great support from clinical instructors -No real productivity requirements -Opportunity to provide support and care to veterans

      Cons

      -No real productivity requirements which does not translate to the experience in the private sector -No stipend for interns

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Better than some agencies

      Oct 4, 2021 - Labor Relations Specialist 
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      Pros

      Locality is included but your base pay is a lot lower than most private sector positions. Job security and stability. A lot less work than other positions.

      Cons

      It can be very disorganized. There are a lot of rifs but you typically end up with a landing spot. Won’t get paid during government shutdowns.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Meaningful work, limited resources

      Sep 30, 2021 - Research Health Scientist 
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      Pros

      Smart and dedicated colleagues, great work/life balance, chance to do meaningful research and see it put into practice, surprisingly supportive of diverse perspectives and actively working to be more inclusive, fairly supportive of staff development, strong sense of mission & teamwork, gobs and gobs of data - regardless of it's limitations and bureaucratic frustrations, I always leave feeling like I've accomplished something and arrive the next day excited about my work

      Cons

      Pay is a joke compared to the private sector, nearly impossible to recruit technical staff & when we do find them, we lose them because HR is so inefficient, paranoid IT department won't support basic research software, Byzantine system for approving training, etc purchases... Oh, and our building just got condemned because proper maintenance hasn't been done for a decade or more due to funding shortages (in fairness, we all would rather see the limited capital money go to maintaining the buildings veterans access)

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Working at the VA

      Sep 24, 2021 - Registered Nurse in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      Patient acuity and patient ratio is often very low compared to the private sector, but can change day to day. You have pension security for the future.

      Cons

      Work environment is the among the worst compared to any places I’ve ever worked at. If you’re new to practice, avoid this place and work at a private hospital for few years before coming. Schedule is not friendly to your personal life. Staffing is almost always an issue. Growth is very limited here. Salary is low compared to private hospitals in the city.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good Benefits

      Sep 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Strong healthcare benefits, life insurance, and pension plan

      Cons

      Salaries not comparable to the private sector

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      VA pros and cons

      Aug 29, 2021 - Registered Nurse, BSN 
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      Pros

      RNs - No call offs, no strikes, 5 weeks vacation 1st year on, new Leaders in Nursing

      Cons

      Very Patriarchal suedo military, excellence is discouraged especially for females, lower salaries than private sector, Top leadership is not sensitive to females, LGBTQ employees

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Tried twice, will not be a third lucky time

      Aug 21, 2021 - Operating Room Nurse Manager in Shreveport, LA
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      Pros

      working with the men and women that gave so much to provide the life we enjoy

      Cons

      matrixes of bureaucracy that is impossible to function within for someone that has worked in the private sector 25 years, each area is managed by "Chiefs" and there is no such thing as an open door policy or frank discussions of problems. Nurses still document with an archaic EMR system that was one of the first ever created (cprs and vista) and they are literally dos based systems and the support for new leadership is minimal. My position, as Operating Room Nurse Manager, saw 19 previous people holding the position either full-time or interim, within the last 10 years. It is a stifling and sad place and our Veteran population deserves much better. Thank goodness they can seek Care in the Community.

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