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Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
208 Reviews

3.3
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Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock
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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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  1.  

    Find something better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager

    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
  2.  

    Former Account Specialist for local council.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Account Specialist  in  Belleville, IL
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Belleville, IL

    Pros

    Friendly 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.

    Cons

    Doing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Re-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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reduce your top level staff and give back to the Councils who do the good deed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rewarding Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Scoutmaster  in  West Columbia, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Scoutmaster in West Columbia, TX

    Pros

    Opportunities 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't Drink the Koolaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior District Executive  in  Saint Charles, IL
    Former Employee - Senior District Executive in Saint Charles, IL

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Benefits 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior DE at a local council

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    Former Employee - Senior District Executive
    Former Employee - Senior District Executive

    Pros

    Work with great people. Good values a based company.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor experience as an Aquatics instructor at BSA Camp Shenandoah

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    Former Employee - Aquatics Instructor  in  Swoope, VA
    Former Employee - Aquatics Instructor in Swoope, VA

    Pros

    Room 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve your upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    District Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive  in  Spartanburg, SC
    Current Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive in Spartanburg, SC

    Pros

    Ability to indirectly help kids, great program, great benefits

    Cons

    No work life balance, you work long hours and often on weekends, poor upper management, not much support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ridiculous

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

    Pros

    Co workers bring life to the otherwise high-pressure workplace

    Cons

    Hi 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 ManagementAdvice

    MICROMANAGEMENT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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