Boys & Girls Clubs

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Boys & Girls Clubs Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.5 198 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs President Jim Clark

Jim Clark

(51 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosemployees who love the children and families

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house... get rid of the corrupt people

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

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    Just not good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's nice to help out kids.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I will never donate to the salvation army again

    Driver/Counselor (Former Employee) Hickory, NC

    Prosbeing a mentor to the kids

    Consbeing 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 Senior Managementrealize 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.

    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 Futures - IF you fit the profile

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFrom 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.

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementLose 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?)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    How not to run a nonprofit organization

    Program Director-Teens (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

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

    ConsLack 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CEO & Administrative Team treats lower employees like dirt.

    Supervisor (Former Employee) Portland, OR

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

    ConsAlmost 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 Senior ManagementTreat 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).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Personally Satisfying, Professionally a Disaster

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Long Beach, CA

    ProsKids 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.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementClean 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.

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    Corruption

    Program Director (Former Employee)

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

    Consunchecked destructive bias management style

    Advice to Senior ManagementComplete changeover has already happened, good luck!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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