Canada Revenue Agency

Income Tax Auditor Review

Position title
Income Tax Auditor
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
8 months
Work industry
Internship/co-op type

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Not really
Was your work challenging and engaging?
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

The CRA hires a lot of co-ops/interns, so the work environment is enjoyable as you are working with people close in age. You learn a lot about the audit process in general as well as The Income Tax Act - this is beneficial to know for life in general. The role entails a lot of report writing and client relationships with taxpayers.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

Very little training was given. The projects were very repetitive and did not require a lot of skill. You are auditing individuals, not companies, which is less exciting. Speaking with Taxpayers over the phone is intimidating.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

Management could provide more positive feedback to co-op/interns. Management could also incorporate more training throughout the term.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Describe the office environment/culture.

The CRA hires a lot of co-ops/interns which make the job more exciting as many people on your team are young.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Health/dental benefits coverage

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Doubt it
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Definitely not
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

If you are interested in pursuing accounting for a big firm, the CRA is not the place for you. You learn a lot about the audit process; however, you are limited as you are auditing individuals and the work is repetitive. The job scope in a government firm also differs from that of larger organization. This role may be beneficial as a first job though to get general accounting experience before working for a larger organization.