IRS Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
37 reviews filtered by
  • Washington, DC
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset

37 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great way to get your foot in the door working for the government. Great work life balance. Remote work is being enforce more over the next few years.

    Cons

    Climbing the ladder is not merit based, but rather time serviced. Work can become redundant and its hard to move around once stuck in a job series and grade. Th


  2. A very good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Economist/Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Economist/Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional organization with a clear mission. Run by professionals who are mainly chosen for their effectiveness and track record. For example, Obama kept on the Bush era IRS Commissioner Dough Schulman until 2012. You also have job security and good benefits.

    Cons

    Like any bureaucracy, you are limited and restricted by your boss's proclivities and your organization's mission, leaving less room for individual initiative. Also, organization is run mainly by lawyers.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for your mission and your integrity while deal with bad apples decisively. Take the offensive in the PR wars


  3. Helpful (2)

    I was bullied to within an inch of my life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at IRS full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good Government job; interesting work; many great coworkers; easy to do well in terms of great evaluations and winning formal awards.

    Cons

    After three years of doing well, I was suddenly targeted for extreme bullying by the executive team. They made false accusations against me and tried to discipline me based on those false accusations. What they did was inexplicable, but I will never forget it. My career was completely destroyed within an eight-month period. A dream job turned into a nightmare.I was forced to leave the Agency by upper-level management. They knew of my outstanding record.

    Advice to Management

    I would feel ashamed to be a participant in that kind of harassment. It did nothing for the agency as a whole. Don't you have anything better to do than to spend hours in meetings taking turns using a great employee as a punching bag?


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    A good experience out of college, but the bureaucracy is frustrating if you want to see the fruits of your labor.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Evaluation and Risk Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Evaluation and Risk Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at IRS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in Research, Analysis and Statistics and was afforded an excellent opportunity to rise quickly and my salary followed suit. Young, capable workers are given increasing responsibility and can be noticed quickly for excelling.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy often makes you feel like you are running in place. After months of working on a project, the executive for whom you did all of the work rarely relies on your input.


  6. Potential abounds, but efforts blunted by mismanagement.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Architect in Washington, DC

    I worked at IRS as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    So long as you find the right sponsor, you can make a difference with almost any project.

    Cons

    Some IRS managers graduate past their probation period and then skip-out.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Just like college: you get out what you put in

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management & Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management & Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working 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

    Roth TSP option is a phenomenal benefit, three weeks vacation time after 3 years, generous sick leave, option to telework between 3 days a week. If you work hard, there's potential to do influential, meaningful work

    Cons

    Government efficiency, ROAD (Retired on Active Duty) employees, difficult to get a promotion if you're a midlevel (GS-11/12) worker in the DC region. If you don't work hard (and nothing, including management direction or incentives compels you to), then days can drag.

    Advice to Management

    Too many disengaged GS-13/14/15 management officials lead to poor execution of management directives


  8. Could be better organized but the work itself is great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Tax Law Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Tax Law Specialist in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    When the work actually comes down, it's a wonderful place to work - especially for people with legal backgrounds who don't want to practice as conventional lawyers. The work/life balance is the best there is and the hours are always very flexible.

    Cons

    This flexibility comes with problems - deadlines don't seem to matter and colleagues' being in and out of the office at what seem like random times can get confusing.


  9. Tremendously challenging and fun.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life flexibility is greater no other place. Level of challenging work is second to none in the tax field.

    Cons

    The work environment and resources can be challenging. Computer equipment is sub par and support services are none existant.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to front line attorneys and what they need.


  10. Great Government Workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Clerical Intern Trainee in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Clerical Intern Trainee in Washington, DC

    I worked at IRS as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, manageable workload, a lot of support from coworkers and management. If you can stay, stay. A lot of opportunity to move up with many baby boomers retiring...work schedules are very flexible and most people work from home if they can.

    Cons

    A lot of reorganization, not much certainty about transitioning from intern to permanent employees. Pathways Program was confusing to get into as I approached graduation from college. Very hierarchical and there is still substantial nepotism


  11. Good, quality work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at IRS

    Recommends
    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



Showing 37 of 516 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.