IRS Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
354 Reviews

3.4
354 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, great learning experience (in 31 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, working with great co-workers who will help you when needed (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • The downside is that there have been a pay freeze, hiring freeze, and furlough (in 7 reviews)

  • Lack of career advancement due to budget and status quo (in 4 reviews)

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    Tax Examining Clerk

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    Current Employee - Tax Examining Clerk  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Tax Examining Clerk in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at IRS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It provides a lot of opportunity for growth. Training is thorough and informative. Great parking and free transportation assistance if you do not drive. Great potential to make a great income.

    Cons

    It is seasonal work and unemployment is not good after the first season of work. The job is stressful. Training is good but it only covers the basics you will end up teaching yourself.

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    None

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IRS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

    Cons

    Dealing with the bureaucracy, its government after all

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    Telework options available for some positions. Not having to drive to the office everyday is great since my POD is 30 miles from home.
    Flexible work schedule
    Work/life balance is excellent.
    Manageable workload.

    Cons

    Promotions are too few depending on what division you work in and what city.

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    better than unemployment

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    Former Employee - Internal Revenue Agent  in  Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Internal Revenue Agent in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I worked at IRS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, hours, retirement benefits

    Cons

    Even though government employees are not supposed to discuss politics, I had several very liberal managers who were always bashing Republicans. Additionally, I felt like I had to be in the union to protect myself from incompetent managers. The managers made it into management because early on when they should have been fired, the union helped them. They learned how to use the system and IRS was afraid not to promote them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the lousy employees who shouldn't make it past their probation. They are dead weight and taxpayers shouldn't be paying their salaries forever!

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience.

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    Current Employee - Temporary Tax Examiner
    Current Employee - Temporary Tax Examiner

    I have been working at IRS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This job will be here for me next year.

    Cons

    There are not many chances to enter as any but a temporary emloyee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved it

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    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at IRS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hours, pay, meeting wonderful people

    Cons

    Workload, the training is way to long and boring for the data entry work done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  8.  

    Satisfying important work.

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    Current Employee - Special Agent  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Special Agent in New York, NY

    I have been working at IRS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You have Control over your investigations.

    Cons

    Management is TOO inexperienced and they manage by stastics way to much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tap into the knowledge of your most experienced employess.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    I was fortunate to work at IRS.

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    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician  in  Covington, KY
    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician in Covington, KY

    I worked at IRS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are good though Tea Party is trying to change that.

    Cons

    Ridiculous expectations which creates high pressure.

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    Some excellent low level managers. They know the work and are fair to their employees. Middle management tends not to have a clue to what the work is like in reality. Middle management seems insanely driven for their own incentives. Upper management is quite far removed to where the work is actually done.

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  10.  

    A very good place to work

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    Former Employee - Economist/Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Economist/Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at IRS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Professional organization with a clear mission. Run by professionals who are mainly chosen for their effectiveness and track record. For example, Obama kept on the Bush era IRS Commissioner Dough Schulman until 2012. You also have job security and good benefits.

    Cons

    Like any bureaucracy, you are limited and restricted by your boss's proclivities and your organization's mission, leaving less room for individual initiative. Also, organization is run mainly by lawyers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up for your mission and your integrity while deal with bad apples decisively. Take the offensive in the PR wars

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Has its ups and downs.

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    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician  in  Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician in Fresno, CA

    I worked at IRS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Usually great co-workers and better managers at offsite locations as opposed to the Service Centers. Good pay for the work you do. Once you've learned the technical part of your work, it goes easy.

    Cons

    Pretty strict with their rules and regulations, especially if you don't do your job well or keep up with quality and quantity rates. I didn't have this problem, loved where I worked, had a great manager and enjoyed my co-workers.

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    Directors and up should try to get a little closer to the employees. Ours had an open letter of communication for us to contact him with issues, good or bad, but this is not always the case.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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