H&R Block - A Stepping Stone...and not even a good one | Glassdoor
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"A Stepping Stone...and not even a good one"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

You learn a little bit about taxes, at least at the personal level...a good stepping stone if you're planning to break into the taxation sector.

Cons

A lot of arrogant peers

Advice to Management

Hire more qualified tax preparers, and pay them more.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Company was very deceptive in their representation of compensation and job duties."

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    Current Employee - Tax Specialist II in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Specialist II in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to gain tax knowledge and expertise, this is especially useful if you want to go into business on your own.
    Unlimited information resources.

    Cons

    H&R Block is very deceptive about compensation and job duties. You will basically be working in sales starting at minimum wage. They really won't pay an tax preparer both hourly wages and commission, they will either receive only wages and no commission or a reduced amount of hourly wages and a large commission based upon their certification level etc. If a preparer is able to receive both then they will have to cut back on the amount of hours that they work during the slow part of the season. This is because when preparers are not doing tax returns but other office duties, their hourly earnings will reduce the amount of commission that they will receive at the end of the season. If the going gets tough for the company, they will cut back your hourly wage and claim that it is based upon performance instead of politics. This job is seasonal so you will need to work enough hours and earn a certain salary to receive unemployment, which is what everyone at the company draws upon for income when the tax season is over. When I left the company I was under the impression that they were trying to eliminate the number of preparers that drew upon unemployment by limiting their hours and reducing their salaries if they didn't produce enough revenue.They will have you pushing products on to clients that they either don't need or have a limited use for.

    Management has a lot of leeway where how their office is run. This can be a good thing or bad depending upon the manager but there should be a company standard about how the individual offices are run and there doesn't appear yo be any. If there is a problem with a preparer working at a particular office it is very hard or them to move to another office because many preparers are extremely territorial about their clients and will become very upset if another tax professional services them. The office management would rather see their office revenue go up rather than down if said employee does not bring their own clients with them from another office. If this doesn't happen then a transfer is most likely refused.

    In all it is a very unreliable company to work for where salary is concerned unless you are an employee with a large number of loyal clients and you are able to keep your client retention high and bring in more clients each year. It really seems like and unfair system of compensation because your commission or bonus is based upon the cost of the tax return completed and a preparers level of tax certification, but as a preparer you may never see it, I know I didn't at least. The lowest return is about $100 and depending upon the complexity of the return it can go much higher. A preparer can earn a commission but if they need to work full time week after week they may not be able to reduce the number of hours that they work during the slow part of the season to prevent their wages from offsetting their commission. Even then they have to know how the system works and the company in not even about to tell you. So an preparer makes xyz amount for the company, earns $0 in commission and may have their hourly wage cut back. The only good thing about working there is that if you reapply for the next tax season you most likely will be rehired and thus maintain your employment year after year. So if you don't have anything else lined up you can look forward to working there.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good for extra income, great work enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hackettstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hackettstown, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is seasonal work of 16 weeks allowing you to work at other job to give you additional income.
    You progress at your own rate. Although you can set the days and hours worked, the more you are available, the better chance to be scheduled more hours. Great open friendly enviroment. The company does provide excellant opportunity for training to increase tax knowledge.

    Cons

    You may not get the number of hours to work you would like to have as it only 16 weeks. You need to be more of a sales person and actually get out there to promote yourself than in past years.

    Advice to Management

    I find the communication was not alway s there or forthcoming.

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