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IRS Washington Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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John Koskinen
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Pros
  • Job security and work/life balance (in 70 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, good benefits if perm then good chances for a long career (in 72 reviews)

Cons
  • the seasonal can be unpredictable sometimes, and it can be hard to move to different departments (in 11 reviews)

  • No promotion potential due to hiring freeze (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Executive Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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


  3. "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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "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


  6. "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.


  7. "Appeal Officer"

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

    I worked at IRS (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The employer provided long term employment opportunities in a stable environment.

    Cons

    Highest management positions were occupied by political appointments with little knowledge of the agency that they were supervising.

    Advice to Management

    My human capital officer had no concept that a 40 year employee had a pension equal to working salary. The failure to provide a retention bonus now results in a 500% increase in cost.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "No work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Revenue Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Revenue Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IRS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Liked the ability to work from home when needed (not available for all positions). Good benefits.

    Cons

    Shut downs were a constant worry. Micromanaging. Not providing tools needed for job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop enforcing so many unreasonable deadlines.


  9. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IRS part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work was always interesting, people were very approachable even disputed the separate offices

    Cons

    Typical 9-5 workday, not that much opportunity to learn newer skills and technology is a bit outdated


  10. Helpful (1)

    "professional all the way"

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    professional work environment, excellent chance to work independently as well as member of the team, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    long commute, that is all

    Advice to Management

    actively develop employees


  11. "Public Affairs Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was able to work on a breadth of communication projects across many platforms. Over the years, I was fortunate to have a few managers that encourage my growth and development. In turn, I did the same.

    Cons

    As with big government, the biggest challenge is the red tap which delays getting things done quickly. Often behind the curve

    Advice to Management

    Continuously show your employees that you value them. Doesn't always have to be monetary.

    Don't always staff your team with "Yes" people. Value diversity more, to include diversity of thought, experiences and education. Employee diversity also represents the diversity of the taxpaying population.

    Organization could benefit from a major campaign to inform taxpayers what their dollars are being used for and WIIFM (what's in it for me). Might help more in voluntarily compliance and decrease anti-IRS sentiment.



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