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Updated Jul 22, 2014
Boy Scouts of America – New York – “Entrance”

Boy Scouts of America – New York – “Entrance”
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 206 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock

Wayne Brock

(60 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • As an employee, you can make a difference in the lives of scouts and leaders (in 10 reviews)

  • You get to meet great people trying to better their community (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Hours can be real long and there are many nights and weekends (in 13 reviews)

  • Ultimately I left to achieve a better work life balance for my family's sake (in 13 reviews)

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    Senior Store Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are none, as you do not get bonuses or anything when you do good. Upper Managers seem to have a hard time even telling you "Good Job"

    ConsThere is zero bonus for making sales goals, meeting budgets. Even with membership down you are expected to make 2-5% more in sales vs. the previous year. Have little to no support from TM.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Former Account Specialist for local council.

    Account Specialist (Former Employee) Belleville, IL

    ProsFriendly atmosphere, lots to do but never a shortage of hands to help out. the boys and volunteers are great and the people I worked with are the best and most dedicated people I know of.
    Was one of the few jobs I worked at that I actually look forward to going to work.

    ConsDoing the payroll for the council I know that the pay scale is extremely top heavy with the top few people ( Scout Exec, CFO ....etc) making in excess of 100k per year with benefits to match and the rest of us working in the pits making just enough to keep us there with hope of a year end raise, which always seem to go to the top few.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-adjust your pay scale, no council should allow 20% of its annual salary expense going to two or three people.
    Telling you people they are doing a great job in fine, but back it up with rewards and incentives. Quit trying to take from your employees and give a little back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This company does a lot of great things for boys and girls.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey teach boys life lessons that they will never forget. They teach them how to be leaders and good people.

    ConsThey are very top heavy and pay these individuals way too much. Most of the employees at the corporate headquarters make $100,000 to $500,000. This money could be put back in to the Councils for the children, but like most overpaid employees, they are very arrogant and self-absorbed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce your top level staff and give back to the Councils who do the good deed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rewarding Opportunities

    Assistant Scoutmaster (Former Employee) West Columbia, TX

    ProsOpportunities for most youth to take part in the activities of their interest. Opportunities for adult leaders to broaden their horizons and learn many of the same skills.

    ConsVery political internal structure, who you know, not what you know. Very high cost to be a Scouting family. Camps, supplies, and requirements are beyond the reach of many of the families in our area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork with the persons who cannot attend camps to ensure all have an equal opportunity to progress through the merit system and achieve their goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't Drink the Koolaid

    Senior District Executive (Former Employee) Saint Charles, IL

    ProsIt is very rewarding working with volunteers. You can actually see some of your work on how it has a positive effect on people. For those fresh out of college, you can pick up some great skills to help you with your career outside of the scouts.

    ConsNo work life balance what so ever. If you have a family good luck figuring out your work life without your significant other resenting you for never being home. While you have the ability to make your "own" schedule you really don't. You will be micromanaged and expected to work late night then turn around to work early mornings

    As far as pay, it's very very average, the same goes for the benefits.

    If you have good ideas and want to advance up, it will take a minimum of the 3 years, which isn't a big deal. But to get to management level it is at least 5 years, if you are a rock star and always go above and beyond your preset goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire managers from outside the scouts to infuse new ideas. Currently 99% of all those in mid-level management and above started out with the scouts and just recycle old ideas.

    And actually figure out a real stance on how you feel about gays. Trying to keep the LDS church happy is not worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great program to make a difference in boys lives - Scout executives need to get out of the 60s for management style

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA Majority of the volunteers are great people and have a strong understanding of the program. The lower level staff members (below field director) are great to work with and have want the program to succeed.

    ConsBenefits are ok. Some miss communication about changes. The biggest issue is the senior leadership in the council has not made past the 1960's as far as leadership and management style as well as acceptance of women in the workplace (read into this a hostile work environment). When you have to manage (i won't call it leadership) by threats and intimidation, then you have failed as a manger and leader.
    Also the current management wants absolute support for his programs, but will not support all of national's programs if he does not agree with them (rolls his eyes when discussed)

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a hard look at some of your "old school" Scout executives are on board with up to date management practices, get them some progressive management training, and institute 360 degree reviews for the senior staff in the councils.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior DE at a local council

    Senior District Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsWork with great people. Good values a based company.

    ConsThis company will work you to the bone. Dallas protects its Scout Executives at all costs. The good old boys network protects its own even to the point of protecting those who steal and mistreat employees and volunteers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot worth offering as they will never listen. It would be nice if this wonderful organization had a Chief Scout Executive and Staff that upheld the values of the organization they run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor experience as an Aquatics instructor at BSA Camp Shenandoah

    Aquatics Instructor (Former Employee) Swoope, VA

    ProsRoom and Board provided free of charge, got to work with children every day as well as adults, good experience if you want to work with kids. It can be a fun job depending on how much effort you put into it.

    ConsVery long hours and not very good pay. Also multiple management creates different bosses for the same employee, etc. Not good as a permanent career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove your upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    District Executive

    Boy Scouts District Executive (Current Employee) Spartanburg, SC

    ProsAbility to indirectly help kids, great program, great benefits

    ConsNo work life balance, you work long hours and often on weekends, poor upper management, not much support

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ridiculous

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCo workers bring life to the otherwise high-pressure workplace

    ConsHi pressure, low salary relative to the cost of living in the northeast. Long hours, very little care for the employee's work/life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementMICROMANAGEMENT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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