California Franchise Tax Board

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Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. State jobs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Franchise Tax Board

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working for the state always has its perks.
    PTO, sick leave, family sick leave, benefits too. Lateral transfers were possible, but not easy to get into. There were events like spirit week and other things to boost employee moral.

    Cons

    My position was only seasonal since we focused on personal income tax. Too much sitting at a desk staring at a screen.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Management Issues

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work environment, good work/life balance, trying to make a difference in California, Nice pension. You never have to worry about being forced to work weekends and job security is fairly high.

    Cons

    While it is commendable for someone to work their way up from opening letters in the mail room after 30 years, if you're going to make them a manager, they need some sort of managerial training and preferably degrees. Much like you wouldn't want a janitor who has cleaned up after a surgeon for 30 years to conduct an operation on your child, these people have no business in management

    Advice to Management

    Hire actual managers with training on proper managerial practices. Also, I understand the management mentality of the 60s, but teleworking is actually a good thing - it makes people happy and cuts down on variable costs for the state; a true win-win. Since we have the ability and infrastructure already in place, utilize it!


  3. Managerial Mayhem!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good union, some exciting projects, making a difference in California

    Cons

    Poor management, no merit-based advancement, people who aren't qualified for their position

    Advice to Management

    It's admirable when people work their way up in the world, but putting someone who started opening letters in the mailroom 30 years ago and has received no management training in charge as a high level manager is a recipe for disaster. Much how you probably wouldn't want a janitor who watched a surgeon for 30 years operating on you, these people should be nowhere near management.


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  5. Pleasant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is family oriented & benefits

    Cons

    In my opion in the collection side of FTB they are over micro-managed

    Advice to Management

    less micro managing will increase work production


  6. Customer Service Rep

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Franchise Tax Board

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

    Pros

    Great state job to get in.

    Cons

    clicky, high schoolish supervisors who micro manage.

    Advice to Management

    give each employee a fair evaluation, not just filling out a form and saying a general statement to everyone.


  7. Low pay, not much work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Franchise Tax Board

    Pros

    Not much expected of you. You will never feel that you are overworked. Not much production or work to do. Anything that you do is looked at as outstanding.

    Cons

    Low pay, not much opportunity for promotion. Not much training either. Basic experience to get another job. Not much guidance or mentoring.

    Advice to Management

    There is no management to speak of.


  8. Great place to start your career after college

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Franchise Tax Board Auditor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Franchise Tax Board Auditor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn about state tax. Build your resume and experience. 40 hours max.

    Cons

    Can get stressful when dealing with multiple taxpayers at once. Must be very organized in both work and time.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Pleasant Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Auditor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tax Auditor in New York, NY

    I worked at California Franchise Tax Board

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work / Life balance, benefits, pension plan

    Cons

    Small salary, that is all


  10. Good place to learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work with a much higher/complex level of returns than you'd likely get to work with at a similar point early in your career. Adversarial nature of audits means you end up seeing how the best in the business (and the worst) operate and what works and doesn't work for them. Good benefits.

    Cons

    While it's possible to move around and learn a variety of issues, the structure of the organization is geared more towards routing people off into more narrow areas of tax in order to advance their careers. They want you to become a 'specialist' in a particular area, like personal income tax, non-profits, and so on in order to advance. Unfortunately there's not much enterprise thinking and in a few years you'll be quite familiar with the bulk of the issues in that given area... yet if you are serious about promoting you'll need to stay in that area.


  11. Tax Auditor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Plenty of flexibility
    Travel
    Exposure to many, various industries
    Interesting work
    Flexible work arrangements
    Job Security

    Cons

    Not much room for growth
    Supervisors and managers are not chosen based on managerial skills and abilities
    Little room for growth
    Inefficient work environment
    Lack of consistency across different teams
    Low pay
    Lack of transparency in regards to the promotions process

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay; focus more on boosting employee morale; offer equal opportunities to all employees



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