IRS Reviews

Updated July 5, 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. Revenue Agent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Revenue Agent
    Former Employee - Internal Revenue Agent

    I worked at IRS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, decent pay and benefits, relatively easy job, somewhat interesting work, supportive co-workers, and absolutely the best job security out there.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional agency with clueless leaders that play a losing strategy with Congress trying to get more funding but only drawing further scorn and in the process destroying employee morale (the job has gotten far too political and most employees want no part of that). The work-life balance is about as good as you get, but the trade-off is lower pay and chance for advancement. The employee evaluations here are arbitrary and you will not be rewarded for superior performance. For these reasons, ambitious young workers should look elsewhere. On that note, everyone I knew there had a "just gotta make it to retirement" mentality - this is common in probably most jobs but I believe the IRS has a disproportionate amount of these types. With the budget the way it is and possibly getting worse, those who haven't already advanced to high grades may be better off somewhere else (all such individuals I knew were actively job-hunting outside the agency).

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to get Congress and the public to feel sorry for the IRS - it isn't going to happen and you'll only lose more funding as a punishment. Eliminate redundant layers of management .Eliminate half the "analyst" positions, particularly the ones doing internal reviews for the sole benefit of mid-level managers. Use the money from these actions to raise the salaries of agents, collectors, and examiners.


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    Attorney-Advisor (Tax)

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    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.


  3. Internal Audit and Security Admin.

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    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.


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  5. Paralegal Specialist

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    • 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.


  6. Special Agent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IRS

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging work with a very diverse atmosphere.

    Cons

    Uncertainty with current federal budget.


  7. 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.


  8. IRS Employment

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    Former Employee - Certified Public Accountant
    Former Employee - Certified Public Accountant

    I worked at IRS full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent training (until Congress slashed the IRS' budget).

    Cons

    Hostile labor-management relations. The Agency's employment practices reveal the animosity the Agency has towards its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like a bunch of ignorant, intolerant bombastic a**es!


  9. Advance There if Flexible

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    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.


  10. Mail Clerk

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    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.


  11. 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.



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