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IRS Washington Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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John Koskinen
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, great benefits (in 72 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, good benefits if perm then good chances for a long career (in 76 reviews)

Cons
  • Recently it's hard to move to other positions (in 11 reviews)

  • Budget cuts, bureaucracy, inefficient (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Tax Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    challenging place to work while performing a public service

    Cons

    Difficult people while performing a public serivice

    Advice to Management

    no advice to give to anyone you just have to see


  2. "Government Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IRS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good pay, with exceptional benefits.

    Cons

    Recent budget cuts has minimized hiring. May be difficult to find an open position.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.

  3. "Project IT Manager"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IRS full-time

    Pros

    interesting projects to be connected too

    Cons

    It's the IRS - no very well liked


  4. "Tax Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Tax Examiner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tax Examiner in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IRS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    interesting to learn about tax law and communicate with tax payers

    Cons

    I always try to help the taxpayer but if they don't sent in information before these cases close out or have any documentation they may have a balance due.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Director"

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    Former Employee - Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IRS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Never boring, can have a national impact.

    Cons

    High stress, bureaucracy, slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    Work as hard as you expect your employees to work.


  6. "worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IRS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    some people are nice, others you will need to watch out for.

    Cons

    nepotism much alive in this place!

    corruption at its best and people will work against you.

    Find a another agency to work for this place is horrible!

    Advice to Management

    why bother? They don't care


  7. Helpful (4)

    "IRS Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I can honestly say this was the best agency I've been employed by this far. I spent over 3 in a half years at the IRS beginning as a Clerk. I learned more than enough during that time to be promoted outside the agency. My last manager was awesome; allowed flexibility with telework options and cares about his employees unlike most.

    Cons

    I decided to leave because their was no potential for promotion during that time. There should be more funding for training to allow for career growth and salaries are far less than those in private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Be more concerned with employee's Career Learning/Development; Favortism towards friends to gain promotions than those who deserved promotions

  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great training and smart people

    Cons

    long hours. few raises over the past couple years.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great work, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IRS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting work and the ability to help people. Most people care deeply about doing the right thing and want to help taxpayers.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. The first questions people ask are your name and how long you've worked at the IRS. Your answer had better be 2+ decades. Bullies are promoted to management and are rewarded for their behavior. It's hurt morale and engagement greatly.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers in soft skills and replace ones who harass and intimidate employees


  10. "federal career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IRS full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement in a broad-based organization

    Cons

    Beaucratic processes result in extended time for decision making, especially around employment decisions which can take several months.


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