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Department of Veterans' Affairs

4.5
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Department of Veterans' Affairs Reviews

Based on 9 surveyed graduates working at Department of Veterans' Affairs. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.5
Based on 9 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • The work - very meaningful and diverse range of projects we get to be a part of.
  • It makes you feel like you are working for a good cause Lots of variety in the work Good exposure to executives Lots of opportunities for formal and informal L&D.
  • Work-life balance, friendly colleagues who truly care about what we do, access to senior leadership, interesting work, career progression.
  • Supportive, well structured program.
  • The workplace culture is really positive; everyone knows each other and works well together.
  • Relocation to Canberra.
  • The department gets drilled by the media and certain senators on issues like veteran suicide. Sometimes DVA can be very bureaucratic and that impedes progress on important work. There are not enough linkages made between related business areas within the department and that leads to duplication of resources and insufficient stakeholder consultation on important initiatives.
  • The negative media we receive.
  • Not all ICT teams are located with the business areas.
  • Not very going with new technology.

What Insiders Say

7.4
Career Prospects
7.4
Career Prospects
Unsure at the moment. Will not really consider promotions till the end of the graduate program.
7.8
Corporate Social Responsibility
7.8
Corporate Social Responsibility
Charity days and fundraiser morning teas (RSPCA, Biggest Morning Tea, Legacy day).
8.7
Culture
8.7
Culture
Very hard working employees who truly care about what we do. However, a healthy balance of fun and work, with casual Fridays and drinks on paydays.
8.3
Diversity
8.3
Diversity
Wide and diverse workforce. Indigenous cadet and graduate programs.
8.1
Satisfaction
8.1
Satisfaction
I have learnt about the ICT applications and frameworks used in the department. I have worked on developing use cases and test cases for an ongoing project. I have also been working with the other ICT graduates on a major project and organising Departmental events with other graduates.
8.9
Management
8.9
Management
As previously mentioned, the department is very siloed and a lot more work needs to be done to improve the way we communicate internally. Given that work is distributed nationally by function, we need to put a lot more effort into getting feedback from all staff.
8.3
Office Work Environment
8.3
Office Work Environment
Office is located in the city centre. Building is new. Facilities are good. Dress code is generally business.
8.4
Recruitment
8.4
Recruitment
Before they come to interview know about the department and company and based on that you can decide which one is best to you.
9
Salary
9
Salary
Healthy lifestyle subsidy (an amount you can use towards gym membership, sporting equipment etc per calendar year).
8.4
Training
8.4
Training
Graduates are required to do extensive training through APSC. While I can see the benefit of this training program, it does take away from actual work and feels a bit like high school all over again.
9.2
Work Hours
9.2
Work Hours
Whilst I sometimes work longer hours, I also know that flex-time is always being built up and my supervisors are more than happy for me to take it. I really enjoy what I do so staying back an hour or two occasionally is perfectly acceptable.
7.3
Sustainability
7.3
Sustainability
Recycling bins.