Washington Department of Revenue Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Great to work within

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue Agent
    Current Employee - Revenue Agent

    I have been working at Washington Department of Revenue full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, options for internal mobility & growth.

    Cons

    It's a government agency so is wrought with redundant or seemingly idiotic procedures & internal politics that may or may not affect your every day. Depends on your office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep providing guidance & feedback. For new to you employees be sure they're given the same guidelines a brand new member of the agency would get & keep communication lines open.


  2. Fun team, promotion easy, great benefits, low state pay, angry taxpayers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue Agent in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Revenue Agent in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Washington Department of Revenue full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    excellent retirement benefits, sick leave, vacation pay

    Cons

    Low state wages, constantly negative taxpayers

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay


  3. Most hated job of my life

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ITS3 - Developer in Tumwater, WA
    Former Employee - ITS3 - Developer in Tumwater, WA

    I worked at Washington Department of Revenue

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

    Pros

    - Job security and benefits are good

    Cons

    - Very low pay compared to identical work in the private sector - State workers are maybe the most bizarre, annoying people on earth. Constantly hearing people's text tones and cell phones ringing, people clipping their nails at their desk, being chastised for laughing or being "too funny" (that seriously happened), being told my turtleneck sweatshirt was too revealing... state workers are like aliens - Freezing cold office building - State culture is so defeating. Sometimes projects will get stuck in scope creep hell, and they just say it's "job security". Feels like the stuff you create is not really important since it frequently has no deadline. The state has no competitors so they can take all the time they want to do things for the most part. Only time they hustle is when there's a state legislated deadline. - I maxed out my salary cap years ago and had zero opportunities after that to advance my career.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the phony attitudes and rewarding brown-nosers.


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  5. Solid expectations, great team atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Excise Tax Examiner in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Excise Tax Examiner in Tumwater, WA

    I have been working at Washington Department of Revenue full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Expectations are clear. Depending on the team you are assigned to, meeting expectations is fairly easy. DOR management is very open to new ideas and if they are feasible, they will actually use them. There is a very solid team atmosphere and everyone is verys supportive of each other. DOR is implementing Lean principles, which is improving the culture even more.

    Cons

    Lots of "gray" areas makes it hard to do your job at times. Many decisions are tied up in legislative red tape, so making changes can be difficult at times. Finding time to do everything expected of you can be difficult at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue implementing Lean. Consider adjusting the work load for examiners so that it is more attainable and so that Examiners can actually go to training without it hurting their work time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Brought on as part-time mail carrier/driver. Promoted to full time warehouse 1 after 4 months.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mail Carrier/Driver/Warehouse 1 in Tumwater, WA
    Former Employee - Mail Carrier/Driver/Warehouse 1 in Tumwater, WA

    I worked at Washington Department of Revenue full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice people Great work atmosphere No drug test Good pay Flexible hours Fun job

    Cons

    Lacking some employee intelligence Too much talk and not enough action

    Advice to Management

    Positive attitudes


  7. Helpful (2)

    An ongoing learning experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue Auditor II in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Revenue Auditor II in Bothell, WA

    I have been working at Washington Department of Revenue full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work. Flexible schedule and work no more than a 40 hour work week.

    Cons

    Slow environment. Not the best benefits I've had, but better than having none. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Continue supporting your teams. Positive reinforcement is always motivating. Make people accountable for their actions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great 8 AM to 5 PM Employment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA

    I worked at Washington Department of Revenue

    Pros

    Very easy to get time off, the job did not follow me home every night!

    Cons

    No room for advancement...all about seniority...it is a government job.

    Advice to Management

    Award employees for performance and not merely for seniority. Work with the employee union to achieve this goal. Thanks.


  9. Helpful (1)

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington Department of Revenue full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good benefits, good schedule, good training

    Cons

    high work volumes with non-competive salary


  10. Stable

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Excise Tax Examiner
    Current Employee - Excise Tax Examiner

    I have been working at Washington Department of Revenue

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Clear expectations are given, freedom to work independently, opportunities to break out of routines and take on new challenges. (was) good job security.

    Cons

    You always have too much work. Expectations are clear, but not necessarily realistic. Gets boring after a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Give examiners goals that can be achieved, instead of just telling them to cover the government shortfall budge


  11. Helpful (1)

    OK Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Department of Revenue

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Some very great people who work extremely hard

    Cons

    - Very bureaucratic - A lot of institutioalized employees with a sense of entitlement for their jobs. These people just want a paycheck and make it very difficult to get anything done - Political appointments of people with low competence to senior positions

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring from Dept. of Corrections



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