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Current Employee - Internal Revenue Agent in Tucson, AZ
Current Employee - Internal Revenue Agent in Tucson, AZ

I have been working at IRS

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Work/life balance is the best you can get (but see the flip-side to this coin below).
Job security is the best you can get..
The training is good (big $ spent on that) and if you apply yourself you can quickly become an expert in both tax and audit.
Interesting work (if you pick a good city, you will get to work with a variety of different industries).

Cons

It's a 40-hour/week job. Period. And you will get paid the same as everyone else at your grade, regardless of individual accomplishment. No opportunity to earn more and promotion within the grade/step system is based on seniority.
Performance is graded by ability to follow the IRM, not by results ($), which is frustrating for those who are results-oriented, but admittedly, I can't think of a better alternative.
Requires a high-tolerance for mindless paperwork, most of it merely for evaluative purposes (e.g., check sheets to "prove" to the case reviewers that you followed the required steps in the audit).

Advice to Management

Overall I think they are doing a good job, but work to eliminate excessive paperwork and job satisfaction will increase.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Decent, unremarkable but great co-workers (for the most part)

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New Carrollton, MD
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New Carrollton, MD

    I have been working at IRS

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great co-workers, great building (located right next to metro, nice cafeteria, great fitness center, and decent outdoor space).

    Cons

    Only interested in boosting completion of task numbers, and once you meet a goal they keep increasing, to the point where you are so beat from working, the stress is not worth the job security.

    Advice to Management

    A results-only work method leaves the employees tired, frustrated, and unmotivated to help reach goals.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Always something new to learn after 32 years and worked at ten different jobs with more pay along the way

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    Current Employee - National Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - National Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IRS

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of work locations, public service, thrift savings plan for retirement, flexiplace, and opportunities for field work and travel

    Cons

    Uncertainty of congressional priorities and vulnerability to political change

    Advice to Management

    Spend more to improve software / hardware / automation

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