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IRS Washington Reviews

Updated December 1, 2017
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  • Recently it's hard to move to other positions (in 11 reviews)

  • Budget cuts, bureaucracy, inefficient (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "federal career"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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.

  3. 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.


  4. "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


  5. 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


  6. "Public Affairs Specialist"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Contact Representative"

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    Former Employee - Contact Representative/Accounts Management/Examination Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contact Representative/Accounts Management/Examination Clerk in Washington, DC

    I worked at IRS (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of management are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    They eat all the time!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Team Leader, APMA"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader, Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Team Leader, Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One can at least be aware of big transfer pricing projects, although generally people in the role are no longer offered any authority to participate in those projects except as scribes who draft letters to taxpayers and foreign governments.

    Cons

    Ever--decreasing resources combined with ever-increasing workload.
    Increasingly, managers are appointed based on longevity, not on technical or leadership skill.
    Terrible working facilities--cubicles, mice, armed guards, failing equipment, failing infrastructure.
    Decreasing responsibility in the role.
    Subordination to administrative staff who are generally illiterate.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not realize that there is not a single person filling the position of team leader in IRS APMA who would stay in APMA if given the choice.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Tax Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tax Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good benefits, and interesting work. The work life balance is good as well and they really respect your personal time.

    Cons

    Bad public perception. Below market salary. People judge us quickly based on a caricature of a few bad apples in the press, which sucks.

    Advice to Management

    My direct chain of command is great. They expect a lot from us, but they are engaged, show appreciation for good work, and treat employees with respect and courtesy.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Hostile"

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    Former Employee - Tax Examiner Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tax Examiner Clerk in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IRS (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours, fun, walking track, security, parking

    Cons

    Very hostile environment, managers target's you, bullying, no growth, discrimination

    Advice to Management

    Need more training on being nice


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