Boys & Girls Clubs

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Boys & Girls Clubs Reviews

Updated July 6, 2014
Updated July 6, 2014
204 Reviews

3.6
204 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I would recommend this job and company for anyone who has a passion for making a difference (in 14 reviews)

  • working with kids is very rewarding (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Like any non-profit, I think people tend to work too hard and stay too late (in 15 reviews)

  • Most likely the part-time role will be insufficient to be sole source of paying bills (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Corruption of CEO and Board that has spread throughout the county!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    employees who love the children and families

    Cons

    leadership is a dictatorship, no follow-through of policies and procedures, long work hours, no compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house... get rid of the corrupt people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Just not good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's nice to help out kids.

    Cons

    Not enough resources.
    Do not take care of their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I will never donate to the salvation army again

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    Former Employee - Driver/Counselor  in  Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Driver/Counselor in Hickory, NC

    Pros

    being a mentor to the kids

    Cons

    being a doormat for the management.

    Also, after working there for 3 years i can tell you that the toys for tots inventory becomes the personal shopping (free shopping) location for all managers and employes. They items are picked over before any are actually shipped out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize that most of the time the staff knows more about what is going on then you do lead from the bottom up and do not dictate results without understanding the foundation of any given issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Futures - IF you fit the profile

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    From my experience, if you were male and a person of color, you were great at brown-nosing with a big smile on your face, and you could convincingly claim that "Boys & Girls Club saved my life" (whether that is true or not), you could advance your career and get lots of perks - like a company vehicle to drive (all expenses paid), bonus pay, Fridays off for golf with potential donors, and other days off that no one counts against your vacation time.

    Cons

    If you were an educated, white, female, liberal do-gooder, they will be happy to let you work as hard as you can to make them look good - but don't expect your male colleagues to ever have to work as hard as you, definitely don't call them out on it, don't expect to be paid as much as them, don't expect Board members to refrain from making stupid sexist jokes in meetings, and don't expect that your years of service or your work will be valued - no matter how much value you actually had to the day to day operations of the organization. And don't let the door hit ya where the dog shoulda bit ya.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the Good Ol' Boy corporate mindset - put more women in the Board room - pay your operations staff more and your CPOs less - remember the reason for what you are doing (the kids?)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    How not to run a nonprofit organization

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    Current Employee - Program Director-Teens  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director-Teens in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Working with children, inspiring young minds to reach their goals, and laid back working environment.

    Cons

    Lack of funding, inefficient and ineffective business model. The BGC is centrally concerned about membership numbers. They fail to track program impact, student performance, outcomes. There is virtually no formal training provided to new employees, particularly those in management positions. Due to the lack of funding, staff is forced to take on multiple job duties. Pay is not competitive and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no accountability for members/employees. Members, especially teens should be held accountable for their behavior. Management should recognize the administrative component of the job, and enable employees to implement new, innovative programs to increase membership.

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

    CEO & Administrative Team treats lower employees like dirt.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Portland, OR

    Pros

    You get to work with kids, hopefully shaping their lives for the better.

    Cons

    Almost too many to count. The biggest cons of working for the BGCA of Portland is that they completely destruct your dreams of helping kids by lowering salaries for their part time and full time employees while raising the salaries of the CEOs and other executives. I worked for three different BCGA centers, as well as 2 after school elementary schools, and the turnover of qualified people cycling through the clubs was completely disheartening and made the mission and the work ineffectual. The management is completely atrocious. The 2 best directors I worked with in my 3 years left because of dissatisfaction with the administration. AVOID THIS PLACE IF YOU CAN, THERE ARE BETTER PROGRAMS!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Give them the salaries that they deserve, with the responsibilities that they can handle to have the most impact on kids' lives. (i.e. NOT paying an employee with a graduate degree 10.50/hr while being in charge of 400 kids, 3 departments, and 6 part time employees).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Personally Satisfying, Professionally a Disaster

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    Pros

    Kids and staff are great with big hearts. Because it's a national organization, it has great strengths and is a leader in the youth development field.

    Cons

    Management was imbued with old-boys philosophy and was ethically challenged. Management was inexperienced and treated staff terribly which led to low morale and high turnover. If you were female, your chances for promotion at this site are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your act. It is about the kids not personal power. Implement appropriate leadership training and get a real hr person to advise you on practices.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Corruption

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    Former Employee - Program Director
    Former Employee - Program Director

    Pros

    Nice premise, poor management. There is hope with the wonderful new management in place. Too late for me

    Cons

    unchecked destructive bias management style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete changeover has already happened, good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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