IRS Reviews

Updated 16 October, 2014
Updated 16 October, 2014
380 Reviews
3.4
380 Reviews
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42 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It also offers a great work/life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Also having a government job you have great benefits and other like a union (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of career advancement due to budget and status quo (in 5 reviews)

  • possible furloughs and hiring freeze in affect (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IRS full-time

    Pros

    Very helpful team members, managers and coaches.

    Cons

    Sometimes need to have more time to read new policy, procedure or tax law updates.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contact Representative in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Contact Representative in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at IRS as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work with great cool people, there is lots of new technology implementations and exciting place to work

    Cons

    Things tend to be a slow some times.

  3.  

    It's been a challenging but rewarding career so far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Revenue Agent
    Current Employee - Internal Revenue Agent

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

    Pros

    The salary is decent and benefits are great - who doesn't want a pension? Management is approachable and most truly look out for the agents best interest. We have a supportive office environment - the agents I was hired with are some of my closest friends.

    Cons

    There aren't any promotional opportunities right now. With the budget freeze everything was put on hold. When they do announce vacancies they choose not to select because they don't have the funding. As a result, current agents have an overwhelming case load and agents are struggling to get everything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that your agents are only people and that there's only so much they can do. I've been lucky with my manager, but I've heard some horror stories....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great temp job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temporary Clerk in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Temporary Clerk in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at IRS full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flexible work scheduling, and job security.

    Cons

    Be prepared for constant changes that occasionally don't make sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Manager in Long Island City, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Site Manager in Long Island City, NY (US)

    I have been working at IRS part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can learn a lot of things.

    Cons

    I can deal with many current tax issues.

  7.  

    Challenging with work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Lanham, MD (US)
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Lanham, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Challenging work
    Plenty of resources via contractors
    Moving towards best in class processes
    Opportunities for training

    Cons

    Cyclical downtime
    Harder to get a permanent promotion
    Managers want to keep you and not grow you
    Team spirit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clearer about promotion possibilities
    Matrix staff on multiple projects to lessen downtime

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A friendly face at the IRS

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    Rewarding work and a good career path. Employee benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Employees are subject to congressional oversight and some times become political pawns in running the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage the employees doing the work in decision making.

  9.  

    Stable Employment But That's About It

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    The work was easy, compiling basic statistics on income data reported from tax filings. There were occasional "other duties" to break up the monotony, the big one is getting tasked with an "outside" research project.

    Most of the people I worked with were friendly and intelligent.

    The options for telecommuting made dealing with commuting to and from Washington, DC a little less stressful.

    Cons

    Monotony. This is the keyword. Imagine Ground Hog Day and Office Space.

    Management and many GS-level employees are... complacent. The skills they have allow them to excel in their positions, but they're useless outside of the organization because they can only be called basic/entry-level analysis skills.

    Internal politics... it is Washington, DC, after all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There isn't much to say. The division I worked for is bleeding employees through retirement, and those leaving to find better jobs. I'm willing to bet that they get reorganized as a cost-savings measure.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Its a job. No more, No less

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Tax Examiner in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Tax Examiner in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at IRS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Training is continual for specific task. Benefits are available if you can work more than 6 months in one season.

    Cons

    You are a very small cog in a very large machine. Position is seasonal with very little chance of getting permanent status. Pay tends to be on the low side, but shift differential helps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to to get on a permanent career path within the organization. Many employees feel that upper management has a deaf ear to lower level employees thoughts & suggestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I worked at IRS part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employers are approachable. Nothing negative about the employing officers.

    Cons

    None. Everyone was courteous to each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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