In our modern working world, employees are familiar with some standardized version of performance reviews. Done well, reviews are an incredible organizational tool that can ultimately improve all areas of business—and also help employees to feel more satisfied and recognized at work.

Using a popular online destination for career information, we sought out our grades from employees, and even looked at how VA stacks up against the competition.

Keeping in mind that the below data are neither the product of a formal survey nor inclusive of all employees, we did think the results were interesting. Take a look:


We have some areas to work on, but we’re also proud of our strengths. Our employees appreciate the benefits, compensation, and work/life balance at VA, and a majority would recommend us to a friend. We need to spend time improving the Culture and Values and the impression of leadership—the biggest reassurance being that this general opinion comes as no surprise, and VA has already taken steps (not influenced in any way by this blog post) to make those changes.

It’s always good to take a step back and gather honest feedback about what we’re doing well and where we need to be to keep getting better. The practice requires an open mind and humility, but it’s a sure route to growth and improvement.

If you’re interested in a career at VA—do your research! Then visit to learn more and apply!

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Published on Jul. 16, 2014

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