IRS Reviews

Updated September 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. good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, good hours, decent pay

    Cons

    not much upward mobility, waiting for retirement

    Advice to Management

    not much


  2. Helpful (4)

    Great place to start or end your career.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Revenue Agent in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Internal Revenue Agent in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance. We only work 40 hours, have the opportunity to work from home (part of the time or on a full time basis), vacation and sick leave is granted and are seperate amounts (6 hours bi-weekly for vacation, 4 hours bi-weekly for sick leave), rarely is time off denied except in exigent circumstances which I have never seen come up. Good pay for the amount of time that is needed to be on the job.

    Cons

    Limitations on outside work. They have policies not allowing you to work in similar industries (i.e. preparing taxes, financial planning, accounting work, etc.). The government also does not allow you to run in local politics which may only impact a handful of people but does matter to me.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain/Start a retention and succesion planning program. As a great majority of people are eligble to retire in the next 10 years there needs to be a great succession plan in order to keep the great things going great that has been placed in service already.


  3. Helpful (1)

    I love my job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beckley, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beckley, WV
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, no where else in this area can compete with what is offered here. I am thankful to have my job.

    Cons

    The only complaint that I have is the overtime that we may have during year end. It is not a definate, but a possibility.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job. I have no complaints that I wish to voice at this time. I am very happy with all levels of management.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Strangely, a fantastic place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training, tuition assistance, career opportunities, interesting work, had mostly great managers, work at home possible, high caliber analysts

    Cons

    Many, but not all, entry positions for college grads require accounting, SES usually must move

    Advice to Management

    Continue progress on telecommuting, even with budget cuts keep training and tuition assistance, use 360 reviews for managers, increase part-time opportunities especially for those nearing retirement


  6. Helpful (4)

    The IRS takes competence seriously and treats its employees right.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competence of employees; chance to help people; work/life balance; ideas are fully considered by management; numerous opportunities for advancement are available.

    Cons

    Slow (if not resistant) to change; meetings for days; you'll get blamed for the work of Congress, which creates the policies the IRS follows; some shortsightedness in communications policies.

    Advice to Management

    Split Twitter accounts into more specific channels. Three accounts for all varieties of taxpayers makes absolutely no sense. Also, be more forward-thinking in your communications approaches.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Feel like I died and went to heaven

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerk in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Clerk in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very disability and veteran friendly. Older worker's welcome. 2/3 of people in my unit are over 50. Great health benefits at low individual cost. Medical people smile when they see my insurance card. Many ergonomic considerations, they want you to be comfortable in your working environment and will go the extra mile to help you. Salary slightly better than comparable work I was able to obtain in Nov 2010 after 25 job applications. Wonderful training and probation period. Easy access to Union representatives. Pretty good cafeteria. Nice break areas.Team building enthusiasm.A degree is not required for my position, which is close to the bottom rung, but I have been treated with respect by all managers, including middle or senior managers I might meet. Retirement benefits after just a few years if you are over 50. Work is not hard, if you pay attention. You can take your breaks whenever you want, and there are flexible shift schedules. Lots of little parties and good things to eat. Advancement is very possible into jobs that are perfect for you.

    Cons

    Too much focus on trouble makers and complainers at times. Can be boring and repetitious, but you are allowed to wear headphones and listen to music and talk to nearby workers. Also, getting help with benefit forms and information can be a challenge at times

    Advice to Management

    Have a human resources office at each campus with a representative to provide and help with all those forms.


  8. very rewarding experience

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    there is opportunity for advancement for those that put in extra effort

    Cons

    a lot to learn in a short period of time

    Advice to Management

    on the job training combined with classroom training is complementary


  9. Good, quality work

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

    Pros

    Quality work, good environment, excellent schedule

    Cons

    large organization, sometimes hard to get ahead, little to no mentorship

    Advice to Management

    mentoring needed


  10. Helpful (1)

    A Job I Love

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - N/A in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The IRS is a great place to work if you are dedicated to continuing your own professional education and knowledge. The pay and benefits are generous. The IRS has been a place where co-workers band together and discuss individual's issues for the benefit of the entire group.

    Cons

    The training materials should be more hands-on. Occasionally our pay is delayed by two or three days due to a holiday and that's not nice.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work and have your career with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Specialist in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Specialist in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IRS full-time

    Pros

    Work is rewarding and you see the benefit to our country

    Cons

    Pay freeze for the last 2 years and most likely going forward. Health insurance premuims continue to raise



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