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California Franchise Tax Board Reviews

Updated August 5, 2017
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Pros
  • There is a relatively flexible work schedule and a decent family life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Work from home option, flexible work schedule, travel allowances, over time options, decent Co workers, some managers are better than others (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Some state employees are incompetent and management can be controlling micromanager sociopathic that can make your career almost intolerable (in 3 reviews)

  • Pay increases dont match the the increases in the cost of living (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Government"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Franchise Tax Board full-time

    Pros

    Stability and good experience for a career start.

    Cons

    The pay isn't that great.


  2. "Not reasonable with tenured employees"

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    Former Employee - Auditor, Program Specialist I in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Auditor, Program Specialist I in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Franchise Tax Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible on schedule and there are a lot of opportunities to promote.

    Cons

    Not considerate of employee issues. Promotions are not based on performance.

    Advice to Management

    Have some flexibility when it comes to tenured employees with a long track record of success. Structure promotions to be based on performance and not how good you can interview.

  3. "mail clerk"

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    Current Employee - Document Scanner in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Document Scanner in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    State job. Fun environment very easy work

    Cons

    Seasonal..I need permanent work

    Advice to Management

    Need benefits..or full time work


  4. "Plenty of room for knowledge transfer."

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    Former Employee - Staff Services Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Services Analyst in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Competitive salary. Great commute experience.

    Cons

    Big gap as compared to other organizations in terms of use of modern technology on day-to-day operations.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology. Train staff accordingly.


  5. "Seasonal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Franchise Tax Board part-time

    Pros

    Great hours. Easy work. Nice management staff. Easy to apply for other positions and move up within the workplace.

    Cons

    Some favoritism between management. Low salary. Only work some days in the month depending on work.


  6. "Love my job but not the management"

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    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


  7. "Great company"

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    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.

  8. "Good"

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    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


  9. "Key Data Operator I"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tax Auditor"

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    • 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


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