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IRS Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
409 Reviews
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409 Reviews
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Pros
  • It also offers a great work/life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, working with great co-workers who will help you when needed (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.  

    Could be better organized but the work itself is great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Law Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tax Law Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tremendously challenging and fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to front line attorneys and what they need.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Government Workplace

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good, quality work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    Quality work, good environment, excellent schedule

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    mentoring needed

    Recommends
  6.  

    Neutral

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    Balanced and diverse work place

    Cons

    Not exciting place to start a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore opportunities and changes within agency.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The IRS takes competence seriously and treats its employees right.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good employer if you're looking for safe employment, but can lack opportunities for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very professional, and the managers are very interested in improving employee moral. The work can be very interesting at times, and many jobs offer you the freedom operate independently.

    Cons

    Like any bureaucracy, there is very little change in the IRS, and any change that does come about is a result of congressional action. It's also not generally well received when you tell people you work for the IRS at social functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management generally does a good job. My only advice would be to make sure there is a difference in pay that is commensurate with job difficulty rather than seniority.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slow to change, good work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    You will rarely feel pressured to work long hours, and the managers are supportive of employees. While you may start at a low salary, it increases regularly and substantially depending on the position.

    Cons

    Slow to change, and not a great deal of room to advance to a leadership position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work if you want work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    Collaborative decision making, extremely broad range of issues to research and gain expertise on (you won't get assigned to working foreign tax credit issues for a year, like happens at Big 4), fairly flat work organization. I disagree with many other posters that pay raises are based on seniority alone - I have had several merit increases and get other bonuses in years when I am prevented from receiving a merit (permanent) salary increase.

    Cons

    Aging workforce and management. Incredibly techno-phobic workplace. The IRS solution to Information Tech is to block it, prevent it, ignore it, all while saying they need to do this to maintain taxpayer confidence. This issue comes up regularly at mtgs with taxpayers, who shake their head in amazement at how backward the IRS systems are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real about IT. Hire outside vendors and let them propose to upper management what the possible solutions are, then work top down to make sure it happens. Give your employees the analytical, research and IT tools to do their jobs, so that they can compete better with sophisticated taxpayers.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very satisfying

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

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    Job security, benefits, promotional opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and slow to change outdated procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more proactive in reviewing procedures and make changes as needed,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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