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IRS Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
424 Reviews
3.5
424 Reviews
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John Koskinen
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Pros
  • It also offers a great work/life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, working with great co-workers who will help you when needed (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of career advancement due to budget and status quo (in 5 reviews)

  • Work can become redundant and its hard to move around once stuck in a job series and grade (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working for the IRS is okay, it's just a little hard to move up. The workplace is pretty relaxed especially at night.

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    Former Employee - Data Transcriber in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Data Transcriber in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at IRS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get all major holidays of and with pay.

    Cons

    Some of the people are a little unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Looking for a new job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Revenue Agent
    Current Employee - Internal Revenue Agent

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    40 hours a week, for the most part
    teleworking 4 days a week, except when on examination
    travel all over the state for examinations
    great training
    great people to work with, for the most part
    exceptional benefits
    great paid time off
    great job security

    Cons

    Little recognition, no respect from management
    Salary increases rare (2% in 6 years)
    Very limited opportunities for advancement locally - result of a specialized job function
    Experience gained with the IRS is not valued by non-government employers
    Large bureaucracy, slow moving, resistant to change
    Get blamed for laws and policies created by Congress, which we are required to enforce
    Not a job you can get expect to get rich, working for the federal government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show a little respect and emphasize the positive more often

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contact Representative in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Contact Representative in Dallas, TX

    I worked at IRS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work, good government benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is low, I suppose because of the benefits and because it is a government job. Also, government employees are being used for political football especially by Republicans. Morale is low; not a fun place anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is really hamstrung because everything is dictated at a political level. Nothing they can do until an administration that values employees exists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Viva la bureaucracy!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    Opportunity to do public service in an enormous, complex organization that tirelessly serves millions, day in and day out. Great career growth opportunity within and for senior executives; life beyond excellent with major accounting and consulting firms.

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy with sharp-tooth politicians ready to pounce and destroy. Major reputation risk as a senior executive -- one bad move and you're leading Fox News, and not in a good way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more friends in Congress, if possible, to make life better for your workforce.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Rapid promotion and excellent customer service delivered.

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    Former Employee - Contact Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Contact Representative in Seattle, WA

    I worked at IRS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment, salary increases without competing.

    Cons

    Limited to the confines of the law as far as resolution. No real tools to work with taxpayer debt.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Decent job, lots of opportunity to advance

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    Former Employee - Tax Examiner
    Former Employee - Tax Examiner

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    People, good organizational structure, opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Sometimes tedious work, not enough training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training on tax law and shared governance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Guidelines working for the Government

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service in Chamblee, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service in Chamblee, GA

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    Follow Protical at all times and the Regulations.

    Cons

    Following the Protical at all times and the Regulations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    managers was unprofessional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician in Bensalem, PA

    I worked at IRS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay was great benefits was ok

    Cons

    Lacking in ethics, managers did not have any respect for employees, Union wasn't strong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should respect employees privacy. Managers should not be able to harrass employees or bully employees. Manager should be held accountable for mistreating employees either by suspension or firing. Anyone who is working at their maximum performance should receive a performance award.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The good, the bad, the ugly

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    Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plentiful learning opportunities, interesting work, flexible arrangements such as telework, easy to schedule vacation time

    Cons

    Poor middle management, fellow employees really bright or really incompetent, some lazy employees, little innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees with leadership potential, get rid of the deadweight (although being government, this is almost impossible), encourage job shadowing and other developmental opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    vita

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    Former Employee - VITA in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - VITA in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at IRS as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    great exposure to tax preparation. good client interaction. flexible hours. relaxed atmosphere and wonderful co workers

    Cons

    sometimes boring. slow to change. opportunity to grow is limited. competence and treats employee well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

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