Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock
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  1. you work a lot

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - District Executive in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Master time management and management and sales skills`

    Cons

    pay, Hours, high pressure, it takes 3 years for your first opportunity for a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    could prioritize things better so one person is not doing so many things at one time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Stressful District Executive Lifestyle

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    Former Employee - District Executive
    Former Employee - District Executive

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to contribute to a program that prepares young men for the real world. Get to play a role in the creation of scout units, summer day camp, yearly popcorn fundraiser, and actually "see" the results of your effort. Opportunities to hone public speaking and sales skills.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance if you are planning on having a life outside of work. During Friends of Scouting (council fundraising) season and school recruitment expect 80+ hour work weeks with events on weekends. If your council is struggling it will be extremely difficult to make the money and manpower quotas imposed on you. Cold calling for donations. Must stay in your current position for a minimum of 3 years before being eligible for promotion to Senior District Executive, where you will do the same thing for another 3 years. Low pay for the hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like all service organizations, the BSA is struggling with a decline in membership and funding. Be willing to support new District Executives by providing them the tools to be effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    District Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Culture, build network, flexibility, self manager

    Cons

    Too many responsibilities to juggle, low pay, good Ol' boy philosophy, no work life/job balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to lead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Your Mileage May Vary

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Findlay, OH
    Former Employee - District Executive in Findlay, OH

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The BSA can be a great organization to work for. Many great interactions with volunteers and Scouts alike. Programs are fun to run and some people truly appreciate the work you do, and will let you know it.
    This all depends on where you work, of course, and the situation of your territory.
    The training at the National headquarters in Texas is top-notch. If you are in the right area, advancement may happen quickly.

    Cons

    Long Hours, Minimal Vacation. You are pretty much always "On Call". Even when I was on one of my 12 (never consecutive) vacation days per year, I would get calls from my boss to take care of things. Newer technologies (smartphones, Skype) make the leash even shorter.
    Management varies wildly. My experience was fraught with micro-management and being given no track for advancement or transfer to a different council once the regime changed.
    When you go to training in Texas, you meet other District Executives from all over the country. I got to see my fellows promoted and supported in ways that our council just didn't do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers are amazing. When I started with the BSA in Ohio, we had a Scout Executive who was all about recruitment and putting on good programs. "Get the kids in the door with a promise of good programming and then deliver" would sum up what was most important to him.
    After 6 months, that Exec retired and we got in a new one totally focused on Finance. This sounded great to the Board, but things went poorly after that. Nearly the entire staff, including some 5-10 year veterans, was turned over. Making money was the primary focus. We didn't hit membership targets, camp enrollment suffered, and surprise! We lost money. After one camp season there was a $50,000 deficit, and we happened to have an Field Director who was suddenly superfluous. She was unceremoniously cut, just like the rest of us.
    Well, the Districts lost money. Due to the SE schmoozing with the industries throughout the territory, the central council campaign did well on paper, which was enough to get this SE promoted out of our Council.
    My position was eliminated (along with several others) to create 4-county super Districts as a cost cutting measure. None of the subsequent District Execs in that District last long; there are just too many dashboard hours and too many volunteers to try and keep happy. The volunteers are unhappy anyway, because they now have to travel across two counties to get to district events.
    Be like my first SE. Recruit and keep them coming back with solid programming, and the money will follow.
    Play a numbers game and everyone loses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Hostile Work Environment

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - District Executive in Reno, NV

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good benefits, 401k match after 1 year.

    Cons

    Terrible management, if you're reading this run the other way as fast as you can. The BSA is dieing a slow painful death and upper level management takes it out on the employees. Promotion only if you are willing to move around the country. Be prepared to work EVERY night and weekend at multiple points during the year. NOT a job for the married with children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign or retire and let younger people save the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Some highs- Lots of lows

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    Current Employee - Field Staff in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Field Staff in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    As a Boy Scout professional I have met some wonderful people, and hope to have helped kids have great experiences. This position does provide a flexible schedule at times. Nice physical office building.

    Cons

    Huge turn over- Nearly 100% each year I have been here.
    Ineffective and hostile managers- Set achievable goals, where only a small percentage is achieved council-wide. Managers are not coaches, but instead "reprimanders."
    Low pay.
    Nickled and Dimed (Must contribute to Friends of Scouting, Buy uniforms, no budgets- often have to go into your own pocket).
    Top down management styles.
    Lack of adequate technology.
    General Organizational Decline.
    Very long hours.
    Family friendly culture does not extend to the staff.
    Many miles driven on personal vehicle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train staff to become effective managers and facilitators. Need to change the culture of respect for others to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Terrible pay, hours and treatment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Giving kids an awesome program that they love. Coworkers are great

    Cons

    Treated terribly by management. They think we're their kids not employees. Worked a minimum of 16 hours a day 6 days a week for only $100/ week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Love the mission but the District Executive job is utterly exhausting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great training. Good benefits. Loved the retreats. Enjoyed working the golf tournaments and event fundraisers. Loved the volunteers and I am very passionate about the program. I learned a lot about leadership, fundraising, management, event planning, and life in general. Outstanding facilities and excellent programs.

    Cons

    Easily work 60-70 hours a week. Most of your weekends are required to be dedicated to Scouting. Some of the managers were yellers and screamed at employees. Constant turnover. DE's started at $38K while Scout Executive made $250K. To move up you really need to move around the country to different Councils for more opportunity. Does not seem worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure if they are even open to change. National members has been declining since the 1970s. The infrastructure needs to change for employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Fulfilling if you don't mind being overworked and under paid

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    Former Employee - Executive Staff in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Staff in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Make a difference in kids lives

    Cons

    Major cultural issues. Upper management focus is on next career opportunity and not about improving the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the program and the growth will take care of itself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Find something better

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    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There 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"

    Cons

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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