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IRS Reviews

Updated 17 August, 2014
Updated 17 August, 2014
350 Reviews

3.4
350 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, great learning experience (in 31 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, working with great co-workers who will help you when needed (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • The downside is that there have been a pay freeze, hiring freeze, and furlough (in 7 reviews)

  • Lack of career advancement due to budget and status quo (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revenue Officer  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Revenue Officer in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    Pros

    I am 90% independent, I make my own schedule, I decide how to work my cases, and negotiate the best resolution. There is a generous amount of time off, the health benefits are pretty good, and the retirement is not too bad either.

    Cons

    Occasionally working uncooperative people, Congress is attacking us currently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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

    Pros

    Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

    Cons

    Dealing with the bureaucracy, its government after all

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Telework options available for some positions. Not having to drive to the office everyday is great since my POD is 30 miles from home.
    Flexible work schedule
    Work/life balance is excellent.
    Manageable workload.

    Cons

    Promotions are too few depending on what division you work in and what city.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    better than unemployment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Revenue Agent  in  Saint Petersburg, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Internal Revenue Agent in Saint Petersburg, FL (US)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, hours, retirement benefits

    Cons

    Even though government employees are not supposed to discuss politics, I had several very liberal managers who were always bashing Republicans. Additionally, I felt like I had to be in the union to protect myself from incompetent managers. The managers made it into management because early on when they should have been fired, the union helped them. They learned how to use the system and IRS was afraid not to promote them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the lousy employees who shouldn't make it past their probation. They are dead weight and taxpayers shouldn't be paying their salaries forever!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's really a lot better than you think!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Examiner  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Examiner in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    I love working for the IRS! Its really an amazing place to work.The people are nice, caring and really helpful.They train you for the position so no prior knowledge is needed. It's also a really great way to earn a lot of money fast.

    Cons

    The work is seasonal so you never know when its going to end. for the most part expect it to last 4-6 months but it all depends on the work flow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Positive experience, great working environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpful employees. Great training. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Seasonal position, never know when you will be called back.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    mail clerk

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    Former Employee - Mail Clerk  in  Covington, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Mail Clerk in Covington, KY (US)

    Pros

    I like working there i get alone with people

    Cons

    it was for tax season

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just keep looking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    IRS-wish I could've been permanent employee

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    Former Employee - Contact Representative  in  Covington, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Contact Representative in Covington, KY (US)

    Pros

    Casual Dress, free parking, great benefits

    Cons

    Seasonal jobs are sometimes called permanent, but realize that it is not really permanent (in my opinion) if you are not getting laid off every few months and you have 40 hours a week on a consistent basis. I was a contact representative 3rd shift. I didn't mind the hours b/c it fit my lifestyle at the time, but we were constantly being brought in for lay-offs and I sat at home for 5 months without any word after only working 4 months. Not fun. Then came back and they said they were going to lay us off again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is not seamless there? It is sad for people in leadership positions...they might get pulled off the phone to do a management job, but then thrown back to the phones when that seasonal team or team dissolves. I liked my managers and thought they were great. Too serious at times, but good people.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great place to work and learn about individual and business tax payers.

    Former Employee - Tax Examining Clerk  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Examining Clerk in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Constantly training, shared values ,and compensation.

    Cons

    Tax deadlines such as April 15th and October 15th .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees suggestion and concerns.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not too bad, exceedingly stressful

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    Former Employee - Contact Representative  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Contact Representative in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    Pros

    Management makes a real effort to promote a sense of teamwork, many food days, rally sessions.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is the abuse that comes from the callers, the vitriol is unbelievable. The media is full of complaints bout lazy government workers, but these folks worked their butts off and took their jobs very seriously. Confidentiality is rigorously enforced and infractions are not tolerated. Tough working for someone everyone hates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training to deal the hostility, more is needed than advising not to tell people where you work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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