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IRS Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
408 Reviews
3.5
408 Reviews
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John Koskinen
49 Ratings

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

  • Good Benefits, working with great co-workers who will help you when needed (in 31 reviews)


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

  • Work can become redundant and its hard to move around once stuck in a job series and grade (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Revenue officer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    Flexi-place work schedule
    Limited oversight (if you are a top performer)
    Retirement

    Cons

    I worked at the irs for 5 yrs, was promoted each year in the face of budget crisis and government shut down. I really enjoyed this job, but it was the internal atmosphere that drove me away. I worked in an office of all women, who were caddy and would stab you in the back every opportunity they had. No success went unpunished, as union complaints rolled in thru my tenure.

    My next complaint was union and management, neither made it easy to be promoted and both had a habit of wasting time by having many reports etc. The other frustrating aspect of the job, as a GS12, you would process a correction in the field and some tax analyst in a service center (who was a GS 5) would tell you, no change and deny your request. I guess I would be more understanding if I didn't also out rank their manager as well.

    Overall I was disappointed that the work was pretty mindless. Occasionally, a case with real meat would come across the desk and you could do some really exciting things. My personal favorite was seizing assets, and I did two really massive ones. But writing a suit was and going to court was also a learning experience.

    Overall even though this is a con box, I rate the service high, like many positions tons of cons exist, I just needed a place where people weren't so bitter and provided more challenging day to day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so inefficient because it's the way it was always done. There are easier ways that are still legal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contact Representative in Chamblee, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Contact Representative in Chamblee, GA (US)

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    Great benefits,pay, excellent work/life balance.Never any mandatory overtime.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, sometimes lackluster management.Due to my job being seasonal I am subject to possibly being furloughed every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better communication style from top to bottom.Do a better job of rewarding employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secretary in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Secretary in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    Its a environment where you work hard, but yet its very laid back. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    not a lot of advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Slow moving organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    Koskinen is a great leader and should help the IRS improve its image. The IRS has the same positives as most government jobs - predictable, stable, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The IRS is the whipping post of republican congress. Severely limits the IRS budget and opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some outside people with large company management experience

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    IRS Criminal Investigation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Agent in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Special Agent in Raleigh, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Men and women paid the same for the same work, career advancement is nurtured, good balance between work and home life. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    In order to be promoted often requires relocation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Tax Examiner/ Data Transcriber

    Former Employee - Tax Examiner in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Examiner in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    This is a great place to work

    Cons

    Not a lot of advancement opportunities

  8.  

    Clerk

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mail Clerk
    Current Employee - Mail Clerk

    I have been working at IRS

    Pros

    Opportunity to move up with Masters degree

    Cons

    Seasonal only, moving forward takes time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good co-workers who will help you when you need it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TFIA in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - TFIA in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at IRS full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, everyone willing to help with work, kept busy, fast paced,

    Cons

    hard to move up, micro management, can be stressful at times,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider taking the initiative to help your employees move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Viva la bureaucracy!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IRS

    Pros

    Opportunity to do public service in an enormous, complex organization that tirelessly serves millions, day in and day out. Great career growth opportunity within and for senior executives; life beyond excellent with major accounting and consulting firms.

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy with sharp-tooth politicians ready to pounce and destroy. Major reputation risk as a senior executive -- one bad move and you're leading Fox News, and not in a good way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more friends in Congress, if possible, to make life better for your workforce.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Rapid promotion and excellent customer service delivered.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contact Representative in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Contact Representative in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Stable employment, salary increases without competing.

    Cons

    Limited to the confines of the law as far as resolution. No real tools to work with taxpayer debt.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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