Very little interaction with other employees due to a cubicle environment. Outdated Standard Operating Procedures with very little guidance as how to complete job tasks with little to no assistance from supervisors as far as job requirements.
People are great to work with. I initially thought my experience and skills would be valued. That was all for show. This is a dead-end job and management (newly hired) is all about making themselves look good at any cost, (no mistake to trivial to not blame others). I would love to keep working with Veterans but the culture is too toxic and there are no opportunities, unless you are a prior friend or family member of someone already in management.
It was a challenging and rewarding job.the geriatrics department is large and fast pace institution.
As the only veteran on staff I had to impart military knowledge and thus TOMS in the daily treatment of the veterans.
There is plenty to keep you busy, and the "members" are not always polite and appreciative. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that allow government organizations to function. Despite rumors and negative press, it is a good place to give back to those who served.
Incredible department to work for and people to work with. The workplace culture is inviting and they take an interest in your career success. I would love to go back and work in the field that I have a degree for specifically.
High stress! If you love working with those who served our country and would like to work non-stop and independently with minimal appreciation from Management, this may be the job for you! High turnover due to many employees who are overqualified and/or underappreciated, and have no room for advancement. On the bright side there are decent health, dental, and vision benefits, a TSP account to save for retirement, Flexible Spending accounts for heath and childcare, and Long-term health care benefits available, as well (not free).
Go elsewhere. If you are a skilled healthcare worker, do not choose the New Orleans VA Medical Center. Go to any other hospital in the city. If you truly wish to work at a VA facility, then go to another city or state. New Orleans is a city that is behind the times. Unfortunately so is it's VA. I will be leaving shortly.
Toxic work culture, lack of promotion opportunities, poor leadership
Hardest part of the job is to see vets suffering as a result of putting their life on the line for our country. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that I did my best to take of the vets that I come in contact with. They are so appreciative that we are here and caring for them.
This is a good place to work but the opportunities for advancement is regulated by the federal government. The employment data fluctuates due to decisions by the law makers. You always have to worry about government shutdowns and policies that will determine the federal jobs.
Great place to work if you like to serve a cause greater than yourself. Some bad management and bad attitudes, but many employees who truly want to serve our veterans and their families. Many job opportunities for veterans. Locations are often in run down or rough neighborhoods.