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California Franchise Tax Board Reviews

Updated March 18, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Program Technician
    Current Employee - Tax Program Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location and people, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Uncertainty if your are a part time employee.


  2. "Love my job but not the management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security. Work is intellectually engaging and challenging. Love the people I work with. My colleagues and business partners. Telecommute benefits.

    Cons

    Some state employees are incompetent and management can be controlling micromanager sociopathic that can make your career almost intolerable. Work, success and advancement is still achievable however made very difficult if management is incapable

    Advice to Management

    Value your faithful hard working employees. Recognize dedication and make sure you notice when your employees start shifting their attitude and work ethics when new management is hired


  3. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Representative in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Compliance Representative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work from home option, flexible work schedule, travel allowances, over time options, decent Co workers, some managers are better than others

    Cons

    Internal politics, lack of motivation, favoritism at its peek,lack of clear goals as they keep on changing weekly by management, very low employees moeale

    Advice to Management

    N/a


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  5. "Key Data Operator I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Data Operator in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Key Data Operator in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    State job benefits upon working for more than one year. Position was permanent intermittent which meant that I only worked during tax season(s). Paid vacation, on-site food options and banking. Management/supervisors were very supportive of their teams.

    Cons

    Job was very rudimentary and repetitive. Performed data entry for 8 straight hours a day. Not for folks who like a challenge or a type of job that requires analytical skills.


  6. "Tax Auditor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Flexible work schedule
    * Decent pay for actual amount of work you do which isn't much at times
    * Great benefits since it's government
    * If you like to travel a little bit you'll get to do so
    * You can get a lot of time of for vacations and you can use sick days if you have a hang nail
    * Great place to work and run a side business to offset some of the cons and do what you really want
    * The work is easy
    * It's almost impossible to get fired. You could sleep everyday for a month and still do more than most people lol (Don't get me wrong the people who do work are actually pretty smart)

    Cons

    * I worked in the Chicago office and it is very cliquish
    * The supervisors often pick favorites who get special perks and 1st dibs on promotions
    * The work can be repetitive and boring; You also don't learn much so you won't become much better as an accountant working here unless you only want to do state tax stuff forever
    * Overall the pay is not competitive and the state does not want to increase the pay scale. Once you get a couple promotions and top out that's it and its not very much pay.
    * Gossip and drama run the office
    * The government systems, hardware, and software always have problems and they like giving auditors busy work items. You end up spending more time getting your systems fix, doing meaningless case prep items than actually doing work, but the work is so easy you really don't need more time anyway

    Advice to Management

    * Fix the culture and raise the pay


  7. "Comfortable Work Environment, Hard to Stay Motivated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Tax Auditor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Tax Auditor in San Jose, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Depending on the office (San Jose, CA), the work atmosphere is very relaxed and comfortable. Supervisors are awesome and kind, but again, it depends on the office. Perhaps I had been lucky.
    2. Opportunity to research issues, join special projects, experience different offices (Taxpayer's), and take responsibility of one's work.
    3. The training they provide in-house is very good - they invest a lot in their auditors, at least in terms of the training.
    4. Writing audit analyses, Taking a positions and defending it, having lively discourses/arguments with Taxpayers - Super fun for those inclined. Most exciting part of the job.
    5. Great place to work for mothers, or expectant mothers. Maternity leave is very generous in terms of length of time one can take a leave of absence after giving birth and the frequency in which one can do so.

    Cons

    These are more general observations for all offices and locations.
    1. The pay - Lots of factors go into this one. The pay isn't so bad, if the Auditor had first joined back in the early 90s (Starting Pay at Range A is $3200/Month Gross. After tax, pension, union dues, and insurance... Not Much) However, the pay isn't competitive in this day and age and in light of the cost of living in the Bay Area. However, it looks doubtful that any meaningful changes will come. One reason is because of the Union - SEIU 1000 - represents tens of thousands of state employees (many located in Sacramento), whereas Auditors are less than 1000 (located throughout the state in the major municipalities). It's probably a difficult position to justify giving Auditors a standalone raise to bring it up to a competitive level, while leaving 90% of their other union members without one. That's probably why they always demand blanket raises across the board, rather than concentrating on any specific classification where the need might be greater. There is no Cost of Living Adjustments for those auditors who live in some of the more pricier areas of the country such as San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles. As such, attrition is likely to be an issue, and the quality of the recruitment pool is likely to become an issue. However, upper level management seems oblivious to this issue since they all live in the much more affordable Sacramento areas.
    2. Lack of Motivation - After time, the overall attitude of many is to become complacent. There are many who are inwardly motivated because that's just how they are wired and take pride in their work, however the vast majority end up becoming comfortable and complacent. This likely affects the timeliness of audits, revenues that come in, and quality of work products. Also affects the reputation of all other auditors when Taxpayers and their representatives experience the resulting attitude and work products.
    3. Incompetence is often ignored/tolerated - those who have poor work ethics, quality, and production are still on the workforce. This is more likely due to the power of the Union and Management's inability/unwillingness to battle the union through the process of termination or discipline. Management does have their own ways of dealing with this where they might scrutinize more, or pass these employees up when it comes promotions or project assignments. However, it's too bad they have to be tolerated.

    Advice to Management

    A lot is invested in your Auditors, but when you train them that well and don't provide reasonable compensation, then it's hard for them to ignore calls from recruiters who offer salaries that are not only very strong, but also something that one can live on in the more expensive cities.
    Terminate or discipline employees who show poor work ethics and work product is lacking. These employees' attitudes and behaviors does contaminate and affect other auditors. If left alone, it provides a benchmark for other auditors in terms of how badly their behavior might be tolerated.


  8. "Season Tax Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seasonal (Tax Season) Clerk in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal (Tax Season) Clerk in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Franchise Tax Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Having a job for the time being. Add this experience in my resume and state application.

    Cons

    Management yelling at us to let us know when is break, lunch and go home time. Monotonous and tedious regardless of which seasonal position you assume.

    Advice to Management

    The workers know when break, lunch and go home time is. No need to tell us. We are all adults. The positions should be interchangeable so that it is not so boring.


  9. "Fantastic place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome awesome place to work for a security professional.

    Cons

    Security skill sets are severely undervalued in civil service.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Enjoyable."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Tax Auditor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Tax Auditor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance - very easy to get time off for vacation
    Very good learning opportunity
    Work benefits - health, pension
    Friendly working environment

    Cons

    Salary is low compare to market
    Work load can be very stressful that sometimes I dont know what I am doing


  11. "FTB is a Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Oversight Consultant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Oversight Consultant in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family friendly environment, and amenable to schedule adjustments.

    Cons

    It is a California government agency, with a still-bureaucratic process.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoy this organization, and would recommend it as a place of employment, including contract work as needed.



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