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Updated July 4, 2015
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  • It also offers a great work/life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Government position good benefits and pay (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. Helpful (1)

    Attorney-Advisor (Tax)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work and teamwork is nowhere better in Government. You can count on others to provide guidance when reviewing complex transactions. Often you negotiate with top private lawyers that have more resources to defend their client but that only motivates you to work harder to reach a fair resolution.

    Cons

    No surprise here: Have virtually no resources, demoralized and overworked staff, private lawyers that become abusive or threaten to file complaint when you disagree with their legal position, difficulty getting any professional development besides "on-the-job" training, limited upward mobility, pay freeze, pay cap at GS-15 levels put ceiling on earnings compared to SEC. FDIC, or Federal Reserve.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your house. Information Technology failures have damaged the entire reputation of the IRS. Every employee within the IRS knows that senior leadership within the IT organization has failed the organization but it is the Operational folks (agents, lawyers, program managers) that have received the bulk of anger from Congress. The CIO should be facing the questions that Capitol Hill has about loss of e-mail not the Commissioner or his lawyers.


  2. Internal Audit and Security Admin.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Audit and Security Administrative in Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Internal Audit and Security Administrative in Ogden, UT

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    Excellent team and growth potential.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working at IRS in the capacity of Office Admin.


  3. Paralegal Specialist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal Specialist
    Current Employee - Paralegal Specialist

    I have been working at IRS (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good working environment, patient leadership, good benefits.

    Cons

    My position has no promotion potential. Training going a bit slow. No gym for health and fitness.

    Advice to Management

    Patience is great as it removes the pressure of the new employee to learn fast; however I would attempt to get employees trained as fast as possible on everything. If you leave major processes up to one person who keeps things close to the vest, it will backfire when that person retires or moves on. Also would be good to either have a gym on the facility or add free gym membership to the benefit package.


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  5. Life as an IRS employee

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    Current Employee - Accounts in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Accounts in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at IRS (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and good hours

    Cons

    The taxpayers are very rude to us.


  6. Advance There if Flexible

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities are there if you look for them. Best way to more up the ranks is to go into management. Otherwise opportunities may be slim.

    Cons

    Limited training. Stigma of working for the IRS.


  7. Mail Clerk

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farr West, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farr West, UT

    I have been working at IRS full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love my job, I'm up on my feet and walking around and get to meet many different people. I keep active in his job.

    Cons

    It is Full-time Seasonal, and I need Full-time Perm.


  8. Data Conversion

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    The IRS if a Federal Employer. The pay is excellent

    Cons

    Sometimes you are asked not to work and you don't get paid

    Advice to Management

    Could be a little more personable.


  9. Congressional budget constraints create problems

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Examiner in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Examiner in Austin, TX

    I have been working at IRS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to great healthcare plans. Retirement matching. Paid holidays. Night-time differential pay. Nurse on campus.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucratic red tape. Been on a pay freeze since 2010. This means little/no pay increases, no money to hire necessary employees to complete work, no overtime available.


  10. Attorney

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    Former Employee - Formerly, Attorney/Advisor in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Formerly, Attorney/Advisor in Northridge, CA

    I worked at IRS (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Professional personnel. Collegial atmosphere. Good training with open management. Career path clearly understood, and promotions, for the most part, based on merit, not favor.

    Cons

    Non competitive pay scale. Budget cuts have destroyed morale. Lack of new equipment and facilities are old, tired and run down.

    Advice to Management

    More open discussions about bonus structure. More encouragement for staff. Hostile taxpayers, legislative animosity against service makes it hard to work there.


  11. Eh!!...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - I'm Intensely Awesome!!! in Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - I'm Intensely Awesome!!! in Ogden, UT

    I have been working at IRS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits!. provides extreme motivation for self improvement and mobility

    Cons

    TERRIBLE BUREAUCRACY!!!! NO UPWAR MOBILITY for a white male. #1 place for reverse discrimination!

    Advice to Management

    Eat your chihuahuas! And go get bent!!



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