- 5.017 Apr 2015LogisticsCurrent Employee
I came from the private sector where it is all about fattening someone's pockets while you work work work. I'll never go back to that. This job is fulfilling because you get to help our nation's hero's. Nothing can compete with this vacation policy, I have more time off than I'll ever use. If you enjoy helping others and not helping your CEO get his 4th vacation home, you'll like this place. Oh and the insurance and retirement are outstanding.
It is true about what you hear about Government employees. Just don't fall into that loop and you'll be happy. Don't let other peoples' negativity get you down, because when you look at these Veterans and realize what they went through, the piddly arguing goes out the window.345US Department of Veterans Affairs Response9y
Thank you for sharing your experience! It is invaluable to hear directly from VA employees. I agree that the absolute best part of a career at VA is the ability to help our Nation’s Veterans, and I am happy that other personal benefits such as vacation and paid-time-off allow employees to take care of themselves and do the best job possible. Thank you again for your dedication to helping Veterans. - DRS
- 5.018 Nov 2023Outreach SpecialistCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsDuluth, MN
Autonomy, self-directed, meet thousands of great people every year, not selling anything - providing a cost free service, usually thanked for doing my job, involved in getting help for and making a difference in people’s lives that you can sometimes see, lots of hotel points, getting out of office ‘just enough’ if you don’t have kids. Supportive leadership. Low stress for the most part. Keep up in personal communication by engaging all of the time.
Acquisitions can be challenging. I sometimes buy things out of my own pocket due to over paranoid checks and balances over micro-purchases. It kills efficiency. Put in place to ‘save’ money, crushing oversight actually costs way more by paying hundreds of millions for middle management auditors, processors, approvers, policy makers. Also prevents departments from buying local, small business, getting better deals on leveraging vendors against each other. There is a real disconnect in vision and mission between the vast amount of people in middle management finance and those who are interacting with Vets. It seems we are not on the same team or working for the same goal. Most importantly it has a negative impact on the people on the ground trying to actually do the work. It takes away our agility to do a better job. Most people think it’s businesses as usual, but I know we can save money and do a better job if we stop wasting time and money on trying to make sure we aren’t buying paper clips from a terrorist organization (plus we all know that Al Qadea stopped their new line of paper clips and moved on to selling office chairs designed specifically to support the backs of infidels).