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Updated August 29, 2015
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John Koskinen
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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. Tax Examiner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, on the job training and you have the opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Prejudice, do not practice work place ethics. Some supervisors are rude as well as disrespectful to both clients and employees. They show favoritism when giving out awards and some of them should not be managers, because they do not know how to treat people with respect.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to treat people employees with respect. Do not show favoritism, be professional and leave the gossip outside. Review and make cure that they are abiding by the rules and regulations of the company. Make sure that they abide by the Work Ethics and stop bullying their employees. Bad behavior goes both way, having a supervisor who is arrogant and a bully will lead to a hostile environment and lawsuits. This can also result in the amount of clients and the reputation of the company as a whole. Individuals should not have to put up with on the job bullying.


  2. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Computer Audit Specialist
    Former Employee - Computer Audit Specialist

    Pros

    Nice managers, reasonable work load

    Cons

    cannot think of any cons


  3. Good Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Tax Examining Technician in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay, casual work environment, and overtime

    Cons

    The only con was that the position was seasonal.

    Advice to Management

    Management was good and flexible.


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  5. Clerk

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    Current Employee - Tax Examining Clerk in Chamblee, GA
    Current Employee - Tax Examining Clerk in Chamblee, GA

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

    Pros

    They have pretty good benefits

    Cons

    At this time there are not many jobs available for lower grades


  6. Great place for entry level, students or retirees

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    Former Employee - Data Transcriber in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Data Transcriber in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Semi-flexible scheduling, relaxed office environment, very supportive management and trainers, good pay and benefits even for temp workers, opportunities for cross training and advancement

    Cons

    The work can be monotonous

    Advice to Management

    More transparency if possible


  7. Special Agent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training and job. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    50 hour work weeks. Tough on family life.


  8. IAR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very stable work place. Everyone has to pay their taxes.

    Cons

    Federal budget freezes and/or hiring freeze.


  9. Tax Examing Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IRS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It has some great benefits like affordable healthcare, annual and sick leave. People are generally nice

    Cons

    Management changes too often so no consistency.


  10. Clerk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work experience and training

    Cons

    hard to change your work schedule if needed to go to another shift


  11. Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was in the Advance Pricing Agreements program formerly run by IRS Counsel's office but now under the Commissioner of Revenue. There was a great professionalism and collegiality at the work place and we had a good bit of professional independence in handling our cases. I learned a lot during the first five years and enjoyed my work very much.

    Cons

    As the program expanded, the level of bureaucracy increased and moves towards standardization of our work product took away from the satisfaction one derived from work. This got worse (more bureaucratic) when the program was moved under the Commissioner of Revenue and from what I hear, the level of morale is pretty low.

    Advice to Management

    I would go back to small, more autonomous teams composed of professionals with transfer pricing experience and reduce the levels of management and reporting. International businesses are all complex and unique and a formula based approach does not work.



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