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Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
212 Reviews
3.3
212 Reviews
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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.  

    Great Volunteers Poor Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with great volunteers and know that you are impacting the development of youth in community and community as a whole. The job is for a self-motivated individual and provides flexibility in scheduling.

    Cons

    Not comfortable sharing the cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall an enjoyable time.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Executive  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - District Executive in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The job is a lot of fun, you meet a ton of interesting volunteers. You are typically sent to one training a year to further your knowledge of the company and management styles. You receive a far amount of management training within the first few months of being hired. The professional staff is very personable.

    Cons

    Strange and long hours, lots of nights and weekends! Management is very task focused during parts of the years. A lot of pressure on quotas. You do make your own schedule but maintaining a work-life balance is difficult, based on many night and weekend commitments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Many hard hours / Lack of personal or family life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    For the most part, make your own schedule

    Cons

    Expect to do the work of several people.

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  5.  

    Good job for learning to deal with people.

    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits; learn to sell yourself.

    Cons

    Schedule can be varied with long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refocus on the current market place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Working for bsa

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    Current Employee - Camp Counselor
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get fed and boarded as camp counselor. Gives you great life experience. You make lots of new friends and get to see some cool things.

    Cons

    The management sucks and pay is low. They treat you like crap and you work long hours. Lots of people on drugs management does nothing to stop it. Very unappriciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A District Executive's perspective.

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    Former Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive in Tacoma, WA

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

    Pros

    This was a very challenging and satisfying position.

    Cons

    The pay is not so great for all that a person is asked to do. It seemed very much subject to office politics and the Council Executive did not want to follow the employee handbook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would love to see more regular visits by the regional Scout Director as a way of better watching what a Council Executive is doing and why they are doing it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good opportunity to acquire job skills.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    Scouting program is good for kids.

    Cons

    Below market pay. Management is basically the same people who have been running the organization for decades. No fresh ideas or approaches to challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified (and diversified) management from a pool of successful business executives who come from outside the organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    District Executive, metro area

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    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to make your own hours, decent pay out of college and benefits, company vehicle, expense certain meals, rewarding making a difference with youth, working with volunteers who are very passionate

    Cons

    Tough work-life balance, lots of disorganization with management, bureaucratic paperwork that overwhelms your time, high turnover, tough to manage some volunteers, things always changing and not being communicated down the line, those at the bottom are very underpaid for their work and those at the top are overpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micromanage your employees unless they really aren't doing anything, make more realistic expectations, take the time to appreciate employees doing the little things aside from money and membership, like when a DE spends his entire weekend camping in the rain when he didn't even need to. Focus more on program and the rest will take care of itself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Eh...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Meet a lot of great people. Gain a enormous amount of experience from a variety of different fields and develop a wide range of skill sets.

    Cons

    Management. Specifically middle management, who tend to forget what it's like out in the field and neglect to understand how things change. It's one thing to expect results but it's quite another to expect unrealistic results from areas that are not developing or dying. Also a lot of the work experience is trial by fire, but are still held accountable for results. You also tend to spend a long time away from home and and family, and bring it home with you after your "day."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate yourselves on how to coach employees. Realize that not everyone can just be tossed into a position without a little guidance.

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    Lifestyle, not a job!

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

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

    Pros

    Most volunteers are great people. The program makes a real impact. When you see the boys in action, it can make everything seem worthwhile - for the moment.

    Cons

    Negative culture from the National Council (top) to the Local District (bottom). If you take the job, don't expect a) free time, b) money, or c) job growth. Example: a) I only had one single day off in the month of June, it was a Sunday; b) its non-profit and shrinking; c) policy dictates employees are promotion "eligible" every three years. I've seen good people put in 11 years for their second promotion (probably $45K). My council went 6 years without raises.

    "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, what the volunteer doesn't the DE must"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on money. I spent 8+ months a year focused primarily on fundraising. They think "raise money, recruit kids, have a good program". They need to think "make a good program, kids will recruit their friends, parents will give more when their kids enjoy".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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